Our family will be traveling to Kona next week for one week on the B.I., staying in a timeshare in Kailua-Kona (first visit, can't wait!), then a second week on Kauai.. There will be 6 of us traveling together ... 2 couples, an 80-year old and 13 year old. We would very much like to see the east coast of the island as well. We had tentatively planned to make two separate day trips .... one day to Hilo via Saddle Road and a separate day to Volcanoes Nat'l Park. Are we crazy to think this will work? I know it will be a lot of driving (although we have multiple drivers, will still be very tiring). We definitely don't want to drive back in the dark so our time will be quite limited.
While we do have our accommodations for the week in Kona, should we spend the extra money and stay overnight in VNP (presuming it's not too late to book)? If so can anyone recommend some mid-priced accommodations near the park? We also hope to do a helicopter tour and are considering either the 'Circle of Fire' tour out of Hilo or do the 'Island Spectacular' bigger tour on a separate day out of Waikoloa.
Thanks for any advise you can offer.