An essential stop for any visitor to Hawaii, the "Big Island" of Hawaii features the unforgettable active volcanoes of Volcanoes National Park (a World Heritage site), ranches tended by Hawaiian cowboys, beachfront hotels of every size, historic local towns, superb shopping, and more. And this pocket-sized Shortcut Guide covers the best of them. It gets immediately to the point, and confines itself to the vital facts about lodging, dining, sightseeing, sea-bathing, golfing, and shopping, supplying the exact amount of detail that many readers regard as sufficient. The price of each book is refreshingly low, the usefulness excitingly high.
Jeanne Cooper is the former travel editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. She travels frequently throughout Hawaii, writes the Hawaii Insider blog and Aloha Friday column for SFGate.com. She has also written about the islands for Sunset, Caviar Affair and My Table magazines, as well as numerous Chronicle Travel sections, and has contributed to guidebooks on San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C. for Fodors, Travel & Leisure, and Time Out, among others. A native of Houston, Texas, she was inspired to study hula by her mother, who lived in Hawaii before statehood.