I also posted this question in the general forum, but I thought I might have more luck here, so here it goes.
I'm in the beginning stages of planning a week long trip to Hawaii and am trying to decide on an island. To me, it seems that Kauai has everything...in other words, it seems like it is the one island that will look like the Hawaii postcard I have in my head, in other words lush and dramatic, with lots of varied terrain and natural settings while feeling somewhat remote ( I REALLY don't want to stay at a resort and would much prefer a bed and breakfast).
However, my biggest issue is that I am also quite obsessed with seeing the lava flow on the Big Island and it is very difficult for me to imagine going so far and NOT seeing it.
So, I suppose my big question is, is the volcano worth it? And the next question is, would it be too rushed and not relaxed enough (and I definitely want some down time) if I were to spend a couple of days on the Big Island for the volcano and then travel on to Kauai for the rest of the trip?
Any thoughts? Thanks! I don't see myself returning (famous last words), so I hope to get the best Hawaii has to offer in this trip.