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Where to Hike, Snorkel, Surf from Waikiki to the North Shore

6x9, 256 pages, softbound, published July 2013
ISBN-10: 0978637127 ISBN-13: 978-0978637125, $18.9


Expanded coverage of Waikiki and Honolulu, along with updates on the best trails and historic sites, make this second edition of Oahu Trailblazer the must-have guide for the adventurous and independent traveler. As usual, Jerry (writer) and Janine Sprout (designer, photographer) hit all the highlights like Pearl Harbor, Waikiki, Diamond Head, Iolani Palace, Hanauma Bay, North Shore surf sites, and the Polynesian Cultural Center offering a wealth of photographs (about 200 black-and-whites), precise driving directions and activity descriptions, and hot tips that give travelers the inside track. But, as Trailblazer readers have come to expect, the book also shines by delivering the goods for dozens of mountain-ridge hikes and garden strolls, as well as beachcombing and all the island s best snorkeling spots. There is no doubt that this is the definitive title for visitors who want to explore places to call their own, since many of these land and sea adventures, and quirky attractions, do not find their way into other guidebooks.

Oahu Trailblazer is highly versatile, working well for visitors are looking to take scenic driving tours of major attractions and explore all the museums and parks of Honolulu and Waikiki, and also just the ticket for extreme sports nuts looking to strap on the boots and swim fins to sample the surprising wealth of Oahu's outdoor offerings.

A Trailblazer Kids section is available for families, and the Resource Links provide lots of planning information. Safety tips are throughout the book, as well as the historical and cultural background that adds meaning to a vacation. The Sprout's love and respect the islands, and it shows in their books. Like good outdoor gear, Trailblazer guides are well made, well organized, and easy to use.

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 three other best-selling Hawaiian guides—for Kauai, Hawaii and Maui—a Hawaii planning guide, No Worries Hawaii, as well as their classic Alpine SierraTrailblazer which covers the area from Tahoe to Yosemite, and Golden Gate Trailblazer, for San Francisco and Marin.







The Oahu Trailblazer is a sister book to Alpine Sierra Trailblazer, Golden Gate Trailblazer, Maui Trailblazer, Hawaii Big Island Trailblazer, and Kauai Trailblazer.