We're taking a trip to the big island in three weeks and I'm looking for ideas or at least want to make sure I have the essentials covered in terms of things to do. We're going to be there 9 days and are staying at a place called Paniolo Greens Resort, which is about 8 miles east of the bigger Hilton and Mariott resorts that are on the coast. It's about a 15-20 minute drive up to Hapuna Beach, which I hear is the best beach in the area and where we'll be spending a good bit of our time.
So far I have an idea of what we want to do and have a couple things booked, but wanted to get some feedback from you all. I've already got the Maune Kea Summit tour and a Luau booked. I figured we'd spend a few days at the beach, and wanted to also take a drive along the north side of the island and check out Pololu valley. Anything else along that drive I should check out?
I"m not sure if we'll want to do Volcanoes National Park but feel free to convince me that going to see a bunch of dried up lava is worth the drive over there. What about Hilo, anything over there worth the trip?
My wife thinks we're going to Florida, so this trip is a surprise for her.
Any thoughts or tips are appreciated.