My friend just got back from Maui and said that the hotel occupancy rate there was about 10% of normal so it wasn't crowded at all. What do you local experts think it might be over 4th of July weekend? We are arriving June 30 and leaving July 6, staying at the Outrigger. Will the snorkel tours, for example, be all booked up or can we wait until we get there to book? Ditto for the helicopter over the volcano? We are flexible re days to do either. Any suggestions to avoid crowds (if there are going to be crowds)? Driving--loads of tourists or are there fewer nowadays that make the driving easier to go places. It seems that a lot of people are going to the Big Island on this site--but of course that's why they post here! Is tourism down on the BI? Thanks for any guidance you can give me! I have gotten so much good information from this site, many, many thanks to the regulars!