My sister, my daughter, granddaughter (4) and I are planning a first time,18 day lowish budget trip in early November to the Big Island (because we have a house trade in Kona) and perhaps Kauai. Sis and I like nature, birding, kayaking, marine mammals, rusticity, but daughter is dreaming of a resorty scene with multiple pools, cultural experiences, beach, etc., 4 year old is happy with whatever. The tentative plan is the first 4 days at a beach resort, just hanging around there, then go to the house trade for a week, it is an ordinary house 1 mile from the beach, and take day trips from there, older generation to natural areas, younger to the beaches or towns. Then daughter and little one fly home and sis and I maybe fly (?) to Kauai and stay in rustic accommodations (?) near a natural area for another week or stay on the big island in a simpler, more natural setting. We need help choosing a resort (something under $200 a day, I hope), inter island transportation (would love to take a boat or ferry to another island), day trips from the house trade, and quiet, natural places to stay and or visit in Kauai or the rest of the big island. Is it too much to try to do 2 islands, should we just choose 2 different places on the big island? I love the look of the old Kona Coast Resort but I guess that is closed and even if it wasn’t would probably be out of budget for us. Thanks so much for any help, I feel overwhelmed as there is so much information on-line and I’m not very good at sorting it all out.