This is my 4th trip to the Hawaiian Islands (Omaha once, Maui 3 times, Kauai once using splitting time between 2 islands) and I never thought I would be able to go even one time. This will not be my last. I am trying to get a taste of each island. This year I have booked a condo in Kauai for 10 days (last yr I did 6 days to get a feel for the island and totally fell in love with th pace and people) This year I want to get a taste of the Big Island. I will be staying in Pahala for 4 night so I will only have 31/2 days to see the island from there. Would love to go to Mauna Keabut sounds like weather is tricky and i think I would have to stay closer due to the drive. Would love to see lava flow IF it is flowing in September. Looks like a lot of quaint towns. I can do the beach in Kauai so sunbathing is not high on the list on the BI, although the green sand beach sounds cool.
I am pretty open to ideas. While I am going to Hawaii to relax at the slow island pace i want to see some things that just can't be missed on the BI and get a feel for if I want to return for a longer stay there another time. What's safe to do solo or with a tour? What could I do from Pahala and have time to enjoy? I love to hike, enjoy waterfalls and magnificent views. Suggestions? Should I fly in toone airport and out of the other as some suggest? How do I embrace the BI in those few days and not be on the run every minute? Thanks!