Comments about Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook - 5th Edition:
I should start with its only negative: the price of those glossy, durable pages is that the guidebook is heavy for its size (an average trade paperback). The best use of this guidebook is in the hands of your navigator in the passenger seat of your car, or in a medium-sized day pack; it isn't something you can carry in a single pocket. Other than that, I can't say enough good things.
The best part about this guidebook is that it is honest and balanced about the things Maui has to offer, and also about the motivations of others to separate you from your cash. Of course you're going to spend money when you're in Maui; it's just a matter of how. It focuses on giving you good value for your money.
Almost equal to that is its emphasis on seeing and doing things that are usually only known by locals or people very familiar with the area. It describes specific trails and sites that you wouldn't know about otherwise, and gives good directions ("Look for the railing the third telephone pole from mile marker 10. The trail begins there" is the sort of thing it'll say).
A third big asset is that it gives you a lot of options. It talks about many, many of the different activities you could do and gives you information on each, but it also gives you more mundane information, like which of the fast food places in town are good. I've never seen places like McDonalds in guidebooks before, but here it actually helped a lot.
Finally, he gives great advice. We drove backwards (West) from Kahului to Kapalua along a really twisty and narrow highway, and he had suggested heading from West to East so you're on the hill side rather than the scary drop-off cliff side, and he was totally right. It's such a simple thing, but it would have made a much easier trip.
So if you're going to Maui, or someone you love is, buy this book. You won't need another guidebook.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend