The Diamond Valley Company


A vacation planning guide for Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island


6x9, 160 pages, softbound, published September 2008
ISBN-10: 0967007291 ISBN-13: 978-0967007298, $18.95


Half of Hawaii's 8 million yearly tourists are first-timers, often unsure of which island to visit, where to stay, and what to choose to do. No Worries Hawaii, a companion book to the Sprouts' adventure guides for each of the islands, comes to the rescue. The book is also useful for repeat visitors or locals looking for new adventures. Readers first take an armchair voyage, in which they nail down their vacation style (a scouting expedition, a romantic getaway, a solo or group adventure, invigorating, relaxing, healing). A clever but simple self-test allows readers to sort through Hawaii's assets: beaches, nightlife, trails, gardens, attractions, cultural sites, surfing, snorkeling, 36 categories in all, to determine which are important and which island is best. In the second part of No Worries Hawaii, readers take their decisions from part one and receive all the practical and money-saving advice needed to book a vacation that makes the armchair voyage become a real one. Included also is a complete list of what to pack. The third part of the book is full of tips on what to do and what not to do after arriving in the islands. Readers will deplane as kama'aina (locals), having the benefit of the Sprouts' 20 years of exploration.

Sections include how to plan days to maximize fun and avoid hassle, finding free entertainment, car rental and accommodation money-savers. Readers are advised on how to, and whether to, book tours (snorkeling, sailing, helicopter, horseback, etc.). The book's safety tips are a literal lifesaver, and the everyday advice on driving, hiking, and beach-going are essential for getting the most fun out of every day. The meat of No Worries Hawaii is its Best Of section, a listing of Hawaii's top attractions: museums, rainforest dayhikes, snorkeling coves, walk-around beach towns, surfing spots, places to watch surfers, mountain bike trails, people-watching beaches, botanical gardens, short strolls to views, cultural sites, luxury resorts, volcano hikes, bird-watching forests, waterfalls, churches, remote beaches, family beach parks, golf courses, and more. Taken together, the 50 categories neatly sum up the best of Hawaii. Readers can use these listings as a reference when they get to their chosen island. No Worries Hawaii is beautifully designed, complemented by more than 100 color photographs, and also contains a "wikiwiki phonebook" with all the contact numbers needed to put a vacation together.

Veteran travel writers Jerry and Janine Sprout have been exploring Hawaii and the American West for more than twenty years. They have lived on all the Hawaiian Islands and personally hiked and photographed all the places in this book, selected the accommodations and restaurants. Their books have been featured in Sunset and Islands magazines, the Honolulu Star Bulletin and the San Francisco Chronicle. They have authored four other best-selling Hawaiian guides—for Kauai, Hawaii, Oahu, and Maui—as well as their classic Alpine Sierra Trailblazer which covers the area from Tahoe to Yosemite, and Golden Gate Trailblazer, for San Francisco and Marin.







No Worries Hawaii is a sister book to Alpine Sierra Trailblazer, Golden Gate Trailblazer, Maui Trailblazer, Hawaii Big Island Trailblazer, Oahu Trailblazer, and Kauai Trailblazer.