First off, thanks to the Shea and KK (and many others here) who have provided a ton of great information in the Top Questions as well as individual threads. I've gotten more out of this forum than my travel book!
I'm seeking your thoughts on our preliminary itinerary to ensure I've allocated enough time on these days for the planned activities. For reference, we are staying at a condo in ML for 7 nights followed by 2 nights in Hilo and we will have a car. We are both 30-ish, fairly active, and our plan for this vacation is a combination of relaxing days at the beach or snorkeling with more active things like hiking/water activities/etc.
We arrive at HNL mid-afternoon and plan to relax, explore Waikiki, etc. We decided to spend a night in Waikiki so we could see Pearl Harbor.
We have morning tickets to see Pearl Harbor followed by an early afternoon flight to KOA. We'll pick up the car, head to Costco for a few items, and go to our condo. Dependent on how we feel, we'll go to KTA for groceries. If not, we'll do it the following morning. I'm never a fan of going grocery shopping right off a plane but since we'll be near Costco and we're not getting off a 10+ hour marathon flight, I think it'll be fine to go to Costco right away.
Beach/snorkel day, likely at Honokaope and Makaiwa Bay. We'll probably head to Anaeho'omalu Bay at sunset for some pictures and watch the sunset.
We're planning on going to the Waimea Farmer's Market in the morning, a late morning zipline tour with Ecoadventure, lunch/explore Hawi, followed by Polulu Valley Overlook and hike.
Morning mass at the Painted Church in Kona, rent kayaks at Kealakekua Bay, and eat lunch in Kona. After lunch, we planned to snorkel at Honaunau, and dependent on the time and how we feel, drive to South Point. Is this too much driving for one day? The drive to South Point isn't a must-see for us but if we have the time, we thought we would include it since we'll be south of Kohala that day.
Beach day, probably at Hapuna Beach. We have reservations at 'Ulu for dinner.
A couples morning massage at the Fairmont Orchid followed by a tour at Greenwell Farms. We want to do some hiking in the afternoon so we'll probably check out the Malama Petroglyph Trail. We may try to fit in paddle boarding or wind surfing this day (or another beach day).
Beach day, likely Mauna Kea.
We check out of our condo on the Kohala Coast and we plan to take the northern route and stop along the way at the following sights: Lapakahi State Historical Park, Waipio Valley Overlook, Akaka Falls, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens, and Onomea Bay. We'll have a car with a trunk where we will keep all of our belongings, besides what we have with us when we get out of the car. Is this too much on our drive to Hilo? If so, we thought we'd see the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens in the morning on the day we fly out, since we currently have that morning open.
VNP. We don't have a tour scheduled as we will use the ranger-guided and self-guided hikes instead. We plan on spending the whole day here so we can (hopefully) see the crater glow at night from Jagger Museum.
We have an early afternoon flight to HNL followed by our flight back to the east coast.