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Here are some books and weblinks that might appeal to upcoming Maui visitors. In the meantime, get all the advice you can here at TA.
Driving & Discovering Hawaii: Maui and Molokai
- Best photos of ANY book!! This is the most comprehensive, detailed and lavishly illustrated Maui guidebook. All 330 photos are numbered and indicated on the copious maps so you can stand in the exact place the photographer did. D&DM&M has
selected hotel and restaurant recommendations, but
Maui Revealed has more listings like this than D&DM&M. Frommer's is more up to date with restaurants as it is comes from a huge New York publishing house with a large budget. Driving & Discovering Maui and Molokai
Hawaii's Geatest Driving Adventures Maps make taking a quick tour easy and clearly point out the best stops along the way.
MauiGuidebook.com - Loads of photos, newcomer to guidebook land, but well written and strongly endorsed by environmental and local groups for addressing issues ignored in the other books. Also seems to keep up on current changes (traffic/weather) without info overload. This will shape up to be a useful, guidebook-formatted online source, if it keeps adding articles at current pace. Still missing some key sites, but has some hidden sights and keen local insights to make up for that. Seems like there are new sites being added daily. MauiGuidebook.com.
Hana Highway Mile by Mile - Derived from the original Maui Mile by Mile guidebook, this new full color guidebook is an excellent resource for the Road to Hana. The guide is updated yearly, and currently is a 4th edition publication. This book really replaces the need for obtaining the Maui Mile by Mile book since it only omits Haleakala. The larger and better details maps and full color photos make it a much better guide than Maui - Mile by Mile.
Frommer's Maui 2006/2007 - Overall Frommer's is great, but hopefully, they will eventually include more photos. Photos are mostly black and white. You can reach their website here.
Lonely Planet Maui Lonely Planet excels at comprehensive background information and quirky asides. It is really for those who want to get off the beaten-track, not for those who want the all-inclusive resort vacation. This guide was written by a resident of Maui and contains detailed history, culture, environment, and activities chapters which really help travelers connect to the island. The format of the guide makes it easy to navigate and there are beautiful color photographs to inspire your itineraries. You can reach their website here.
Moon Handbooks Maui: Including Moloka' i and Lana' i " - The nice thing about the Moon guide is that it combines Maui with Moloka' i and Lana' i, which are fun excursions from the island of Maui.
Schmap Maui & Molokai Guide - The reviews and content included in this free downloadable guide are pretty standard, but the digital maps and user-supplied photographs are truly unique (although you have to click on the photos and link to the Flickr website to see the full resolution versions). Certainly not a replacement for a good paper guidebook like Frommers, Lonely Planet, Mile by Mile or Maui Revealed, but a great supplement.
For those who eat (*grins*):
50 Thrifty Maui Restaurants - If revealed leads you wrong, these guys won't. An updated version of this guidebook has just (September 2006) been released.
Maui Restaurant Guide 2005 with Lanai and Molokai
Lonely Planet's Hiking in Hawaii- A few years old but a really great book dedicated to hikes and trails in Hawaii. Detailed and thorough.
Maui Trailblazer - The best, and most highly ranked guide of it's kind. If you like off the beaten path, you want trailblazer for your trip. Readers are guaranteed of getting trail-tested accurate directions. The guides appeal to people who want to experience the real Hawaii without spending extra money on paid tours. You can reach their website here.
Walks, Strolls and Treks on the Valley Isle - Lots of text (like Frommer's) but one of the best trial guides you can buy.
Lonely Planet's Diving and Snorkeling Hawaii - This book is brand new and is a good supplement to those going to the islands primarily to snorkle or dive.
Snorkel Maui and Lanai: Guide to the underwater world of Hawaii