The main reason we could pack so much into such a short amount of time during our time in Hawaii were the guidebooks and driving apps I used for my research. The Revealed series of products are absolutely amazing. I found the guidebooks to be very informative and packed with tons of useful information. They were actually fun and entertaining to read…something I wasn’t expecting from a guidebook. I happened across their driving apps as well. I almost passed on purchasing them but got them anyway since they were decently priced. I’m sooo glad I did. The narration was superb and the app worked flawlessly. I really really enjoyed opening the app, plugging it into the rental cars auxiliary port, and letting it do its thing as I drove around the islands. There are trigger points on the map depending on your direction of travel. As you pass these points Andrew chimes in with interesting facts and must see things to do. It’s like he is sitting in your backseat giving you firsthand information as a local resident because he is. There is just the right amount of narration. It’s not overwhelming at all. There are just the right amount of facts presented but spaced out enough giving the listener time to interact with their driving companions. The best part of the app for me was not having to stress out over doing nitpicking research on every nook and cranny on the islands. Just get in your car and drive wherever you happen to be. Andrew is right by your side providing fun facts and cultural history with a great sense of humor. If you’re going to visit any of the Hawaiian islands the Revealed guidebooks and apps are a must have! They even have one for Las Vegas because it’s considered one of the islands by most locals. Apparently Hawaii residents spend as much time in Vegas as they do in Hawaii. This is something I learned from listening to the app!
Love the app and the book, too! I love paper and like tagging his recommendations before the trip. We leave Kauai tomorrow after being here for 8 nights. This app and book are a MUST!! Never steered us wrong!
I say it’s a ‘must have’ for first time visitors, but I used to live on O’ahu and have visited the Big Island many times and I still used the app constantly on my trip to both those islands. The searchable restaurant and beach reviews alone are worth the price of the subscription. We actually own the Big Island book as well, but the app is better updated and more convenient to have in ones pocket. If you’re planning a trip to Hawai’i, I’d suggest using the app as one of your planning tools and then having the app available to help make decisions when those plans change or when you just don’t have a plan (the best way to visit the islands really, except you’ll probably want advanced reservations for a few things to make sure that you can do them on the day and time that you want) If I had any gripes, it would be that the app and the reviews/descriptions aren't so regularly updated that it takes into consideration all variations that come from COVID restrictions (not the developer’s fault really), so you may want to call ahead on things that involve people and crowds, just like you’re probably already doing at home. I’d also agree with at least one other reviewer that the ‘page jump’ scrolling functionality can be glitchy and frustrating. You’ll get trained to it after a while, but I think it would be a better user experience without that functionality. Overall, a great app for anyone visiting the islands.
We relied heavily on the books and this app for restaurants and activities, and for up-to-date info on COVID-19. We learned about the Revealed books from our son; the comments were always fun to read and spot on! The app was an added bonus! We’ve also recommended these to our friends who will travel to Hawaii later this year.
This app and book contain some genuinely good information. As a part time Big Island resident, I cautiously recommend it to my friends for activity ideas with the following caveats: - author(s) are a bit full of themselves - “history” tidbits are woefully inaccurate - author(s) can be disrespectful to Native Hawaiians and residents, especially the former. - author(s) are anti-government jerks - ignore their food and restaurant recommendations. They are way off. Use this book and app for activity recommendations only. Just keep in mind, the authors are clearly not from Hawaii and do not fully respect Hawaiian culture. Their anti-government snarky comments are also annoying and insulting.
Good well researched information. But to someone who doesn’t know anything about Hawaii, I had a hard time figuring out where the places were that I was reading about. I had to have another phone open to Google maps to see where they were. It would be great if there were tours like Rick Steve’s app has that talked to you and told you where to stop and what you would see there.
We found the app to be a good companion to the books and were thankful to be able to get it at a discount having already purchased and read through the four books prior to our trip. The books are easiest but this was a great refresher as we drove around or were trying to decide on dinner so that we didn’t have to have the books at all times. I docked one star because their website has a list of updates that are not reflected in the app and access to more current info was a big driver for me getting the app, especially since I was paying a subscription on top of owning all 4 books. Highly recommend the books for sure!
The app didn’t seem worth the cost. The maps are static and not interactive. Much of he information such as restaurant closures and open/closed hours were wrong. Also, some recommendations and information were lacking. For example, the Scuba company they recommended in Waikiki was horrible. They didn’t even have there own boat. They chartered a boat with other dive companies and the experience was poor not to mention leaving 45 minutes late. Restaurant closing times on the North shore were wrong. For Moana falls trail, would have been nice to know how muddy you get so we could bring different clothes and have change of clothes and towels available. I would just recommend getting he book which is just slightly better than the Fodors guide. I don’t see a way to attach photos but after seeing your response I just checked to ensure location services were in fact turned on. I just went in to the restaurant area for example and it requires the user to narrow the searches by region, etc and doesn’t automatically show restaurants in the area. Same with sights, etc.
The app has great information and is very helpful but it had connection problems where we had poor cell phone coverage. Maybe it’s my iPhone 8 that was the problem, but it was difficult to use the app on the road to Hana when we needed it most.
We have used Hawaii Revealed for many years and for many islands. I love having this immense amount of info at my finger tips. The insider tips are spot on and I truly appreciate the honest reviews the developers give. When many of us have a limited amount of time in this amazing place it is so important to find what suits your specific vacation wants and needs so you don’t waste it. Hawaii Revealed is a wealth of information from a local perspective. I will continue to come back again and again to this amazing resource for future vacations. Mahalo!