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#1 diver dave1

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 06:47 AM

Taking a trip to Hawaii later this year and am interested in a book to ID what I might see and what I end up seeing. I use the Humann/DeLoach books for the carib and pacific.
Any suggestions for such a book?
I was leaning towards the "Reef and Shore Fishes of the Hawaiian Islands" by Randall but at $125, the price is a bit much.
If I dove there often, that price would not be an issue but the last trip there was 20 yrs ago and it might be a while before returning as well.


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Posted 30 January 2011 - 08:25 AM

Hi Dave,

We bought Hawai'i's Fishes and found it to be quite useful.

http://www.hawaiisfi...es/fishbook.htm

It has common, latin, and Hawaiian names, indicates endemic species and decent descriptions of most of what we were looking for.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 08:30 AM

There are at least some Hawaiian fishes included in the Humann/DeLoach Tropical Pacific book, although I don't know if it includes endemic species. Might it be worth using that to save the $125?

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 01:43 PM

I've been diving in hawaii very frequently for 18 years, since my parents moved over there.

The hoover book dano mentioned is the standard. And the version 2 is great.

http://www.amazon.co...e...9604&sr=1-3


If you want, you can also get an earlier version of randall from 99.

They are used at amazon for $1...

http://www.amazon.co...-...9720&sr=1-4

Forget the $125 book, and dive for that price...
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Posted 31 January 2011 - 03:59 PM

Hoover's fish book is good, but the "Ultimate Guide" is slightly better, with more coverage and a few more stories, if you like that stuff.
http://www.amazon.co...ntt_at_ep_dpt_3
Hoover's invertebrates guide is also excellent. "Hawaii's Sea Creatures: A Guide to Hawaii's Marine Invertebrates"
http://www.amazon.co...ntt_at_ep_dpt_4

I have tried all the guides, although not the $125 book yet. Randall's other guide, the cheaper "Shore Fishes of Hawaii," is fine, but Hoover is much, much better, in photographs and descriptions.

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 06:57 PM

Thanks for all the feedback.
I ordered Hoover's "Ultimate Guide" book.

Now all I need is to get there! which is much too far away...with 11-14 inches of snow coming tomorrow and -15F (-26C) wind chill coming with it.

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