About us: active couple in our 40's, first time visiting the state, love the outdoors (especially hiking), prefer "off the beaten path" type activities over tourist attractions. Trying to find a balance between relaxation and adventure.
Travel Day: Fly in to Kauai (3pm), check into Condo in Princeville
Day 1: Check out area, relax a bit and prepare for hike
Day 2: Wake up early and hit the Kalalau Trail - (camp at Kalalau Beach)
Day 3: Hike out and return to condo
Day 4: Relax, check out some local beaches
Day 5: Check out south side of Island
Day 6: Relax, check out some local beaches
Day 7: Leave Kauai and fly into Hilo (arrive at 9 am), Drive to Volcano - check out VNP (do a short hike in the park- Kilauea Iki Trail), possibly do a sunset hike to see the lava flows (stay ?). Question: If we skip the night viewing of the lava flows is it possible to get to the summit of mauna kea for sunset? then continue to mauna lani?
Day 8: drive to mauna lani bay resort via saddle road, check-in to hotel and relax by the beach
Day 9: Drive to northern part of island (any good hikes?), drive thorugh Waimea and go to mauna kea summit for sunset and stargazing.
Day 10: Relax by the beach in the am and drive down to Kona in the afternoon. Fly out of Kona (depart at 9 pm)