Hawaiian Plant Life, Vegetation and Flora
Philip Rundel, Derral Herbst & Robert Gustafson
A lovely, cloth-bound book (8 x 11 inches) featuring nearly 900 photographs of the vegetation and flora found on the Hawaiian Islands. Includes both full-page photos and smaller photographs with descriptions.
A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific
H. Douglas Pratt
This landmark field guide with chapters on the islands and habitats features superb color plates by Pratt and a checklist of birds.
Handy for a pocket or backpack, this durable, fold-out bird reference features 150 species familiar to Hawaii.
Hawaii Fishwatcher’s Field Guide
A handy, laminated card featuring full color illustrations of 60 common and spectacular denizens of Hawaiian coral reefs.
Hawaii Trees & Wildflowers: An Introduction to Familiar Species
Includes illustrations of over 120 plant species.
A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered birds, mammals and other critters of Hawaii.
Hawaii’s Fishes, A Guide for Snorkelers, Divers, and Aquarists
John P. Hoover
A colorful and thorough introduction to the fishes living off Hawaii's shores. Color photographs of over 250 local species, with common names in English and Hawaiian.
Hawaii, Travellers’ Wildlife Guides
This all-around field guide features color illustrations of commonly encountered birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish with notes on Hawaii's geology and popular parks and reserves.
Shore Fishes of Hawaii
A pocket field guide to all the reef fishes that a casual snorkeler or diver is likely to see.
Hawaiian Islands Map
A map of all the individual Hawaiian Islands, including maps of O'ahu, Kaua'i, Maui, Moloka'i and Lana'i at 1:150,000 and of Hawai'i at 1:330,000. Includes an inset map of Waikiki.
Hawaii Adventure Map
National Geographic Society
This excellent double-sided map in the growing series shows the Big Island at a scale of 1:220,000.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
This handy map, with trails and visitor information, includes the entire park area.
Guidebooks Eyewitness Guide Hawaii
An on-the-ground guide to the Hawaiian Islands -- handsome, comprehensive and superb.
DK Eyewitness Top 10 Honolulu & Oahu
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions.
Fodor's Travel Publications
Now in full color, this practical guide in the popular series is jammed with valuable, up-to-date information on where to stay, shop and eat.
Hawaii, The Big Island Revealed, The Ultimate Guidebook
It took over a year for resident Andrew Doughty to compile this seventh-edition guide to Hawaii's big island. It's a candid, humorous look at the island's every nook and cranny -- from restaurants and helicopter pads to Pololu Valley and the best active volcanoes.
National Geographic Traveler Hawaii
From well-known destinations to locales off the beaten path, National Geographic provides an extensive list of handpicked hotels and restaurants, shopping and entertainment options, as well as walking and driving tours. Great for an authentic immersion for whichever island you happen to be on.
Volcanoes, Fire from the Earth
By the great French volcanologist (who died on the job on Mount Unzen in Japan in 1992), this pocket guide features hundreds of full-color paintings and traces the study of volcanoes from early myth and legend to modern science.
HISTORY & CULTURE
Julia Flynn Siler
Royalty and rogues, sugar barons, politicians and missionaries all figure in Siler's riveting tale of Liliuokalani, the last queen of Hawaii.
Paradise of the Pacific, Approaching Hawaii
An enjoyable history of late 18th century Hawaii by an award-winning novelist. Moore confines her focus to the islands' not-so-distant collision with the West, delivering important figures from the period, including shipwrecked sailors, Spanish galleons, British navigators and Irish poachers.
Pearl Harbor Ghosts, The Legacy of December 7, 1941
A well-researched and evocative look at the bombing of Pearl Harbor by a veteran travel writer. Clarke compares and contrasts the social life and culture of Hawaii on the day of the bombing and sixty years later, enumerating the changes wrought by WWII.
Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands
A vivid, scholarly history of Hawaii, from Cook's first visit to the islands in 1778 through statehood. A classic, well-told history, first published in 1968.
The Food of Paradise, Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage
Laudan takes readers on a thoughtful, wide-ranging tour of Hawaii's farms and gardens, fish auctions and vegetable markets, fairs and carnivals, mom-and-pop stores and lunch wagons to uncover the delightful complexities and incongruities in Hawaii's culinary history. With 150 recipes.
Feathered Gods and Fishhooks, An Introduction to Hawaiian Archaeology and Prehistory
Patrick Vinton Kirch
In this definitive, well-illustrated introduction to Hawaiian archaeology, Kirch provides an island-by-island overview of major sites, settlement patterns, agriculture, and cultural customs.