It seems like a lot of my travel-writing chickens have been coming home to roost recently. The new edition of Lonely Planet's Hawaii guide, which I co-authored, is now available. I researched and wrote up most of the Oahu chapter, while a few of my talented colleagues covered the Neighbor Islands.
You can get a jump-start on your next Hawaii vacation planning by downloading the book's 'Getting Started' chapter for free (for the PDF, click here). If you don't want to buy the entire guidebook, you might want to just purchase and download PDFs of individual chapters (starting at $2.40) via Lonely Planet's Pick & Mix online shop feature.
Only going to 'The Gathering Place' (i.e., Oahu) and not any other islands? See my earlier post for a free excerpt from the brand-new, full-color edition of Lonely Planet's Honolulu, Waikiki and Oahu travel guide, which I also co-authored.
Later this week, I'll be heading to Maui to research, take photographs and do GPS mapping for a new island hiking guide. If you have any tips for places to explore on the Valley Isle, of if you'd like to recommend your favorite hiking trails, let me know by posting a comment below.