I've looked and looked and I'm still a little confused. We will be heading to the Big Island in April 2010. Think I've narrowed it down to the Kohala Coast with a day trip to VNP (doable). I've found a couple of cute places in Puako, but I'm unclear whether this is a good place to stay with kids. Two places have ocean access and a little bit of 'white sand'. We do not like the big resort areas and if I'm going to Hawaii, I want to see and hear the ocean from where I'm staying. (I can drive to the beach here)
Any and all recommendations would be appreciated.