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  • DENNIS ODA / 2012
    Hikers follow a trail at Kaena Point. The trail follows an old railroad bed and former dirt road that runs along the westernmost point on Oahu.

  • Like the Lonely Planet, being a member of a family of tourist guide books gives Frommer’s an advantage in professional formatting and appearance.

  • Choosing to separate backpacking trips from day hikes, Ball describes 10 trips on four islands in this small volume.

  • Hikers familiar with Stuart Ball’s fine guide to hiking on Oahu will be completely at home with this book. Using a similar format, he selects 44 hikes from four islands.

  • Robert Smith should probably be considered the dean of authors of Hawaii hiking books. This book was first published in 1982, and his Oahu book first came out in 1978.

  • Although subtitled “A Guide to 72 of the State’s Greatest Hiking Adventures

  • Although subtitled “A Guide to 72 of the State’s Greatest Hiking Adventures,” only 50 of them can be stretched to justify that description.

  • Although subtitled “A Guide to 72 of the State’s Greatest Hiking Adventures,” only 50 of them can be stretched to justify that description.

  • This attractive book hasn’t been reprinted since 1999 and is difficult to find except at public libraries. It offers 49 hikes on six islands, including four on Lanai and three on Molokai.

  • Although not a hiking guide in the usual sense, this book puts the icing on the cake for all the others. It is a treasure for anyone with a love for outdoor Hawaii.

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