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Kauai - Book Review

Guide to the Garden Isle

by Jade Eckardt
(Moon, 2012)


Kauai by Jade Eckardt


Whether you are a lone traveler, a family of four or a newly married couple, with the seventh edition of Kauai, travel writer and native Hawaiian resident Jade Eckardt assures that Hawaii's oldest island offers a great getaway for everyone. Exploring all the nooks and crannies of this small island, Eckardt and Moon Travel Guides focus on independent travel and outdoor adventures.

The "Discover Kauai" section in the beginning includes maps and photos in vibrant colors, along with a slew of "Best" lists, including "Best of Kauai in Seven Days," "Best for Honeymooners," "Beast Beaches" and everything in between. We love that this Moon guide includes unique suggestions such as World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), a program that offers free room and board in exchange for volunteer work.

The well laid-out guide divides Kauai by its four coasts — East Side, North Shore, West Side and South Shore — and details activities (yoga, secret beaches, camping, surfing etc.) and dining suggestions for each one. Eckardt prefaces her suggestions with a brief overview of the area, followed by a list and accompanying map of highlighted destinations. Each coast has a "Best Day" itinerary, followed by detailed lists and descriptions of beaches, food, shopping and more.

Black-and-white maps, images and fun tidbits break up the text and create an easy-to-read format. The guide also provides "Background," "Essentials" and "Resources" sections in the back. Noteworthy contributions include a calendar of festivals and events, health and safety tips and a glossary of Hawaiian and Pidgin terms. The comprehensive guide leaves no Kauaian rock unturned, giving readers all of the information necessary for a perfect Hawaiian vacation.

Reviewed by Chelsea Deng

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