We arrive on Sun 11/3 for a week at The Bay Club (exchange). Boyfriend and I were at Kingsland two years ago and I have been to BI a few other times over the years. I did the volcano back when I was 10. We have been visiting one of the hawaiian islands each year for the past several years so we definitely don't feel like we have to 'do it all' this trip. Boyfriend has never been to the Hilo side or Volcano and isn't really excited about visiting the volcano. He's from Ireland and I can remember the first time I took him to Hawaii (Maui), he wasn't too excited but when we arrived,
he fell in love! He just has no idea about the beauty on the east side! I'm trying to persuade him
otherwise! We are in our 40s but not big outdoorsy types that hike or dive, etc. We typically relax by spending mornings at the beach (last time we would hit Hapuna or Mauna Kea from 9am-12pm, grab a casual lunch, then resort pool or shopping, followed by dinner out. I like to visit farmer's markets, shop at local boutiques, soak in the spiritual vibe by taking a yoga class or getting a massage and exploring the different areas. We don't typically take tours but have done a helicopter on Maui and Kauai, a Napali coast catamaran on Kauai and kayaked to Kealakekua last time. I had a back injury last year and cannot walk extensively (over an hour, such as on a tour) without pain but can certainly get around and walk at a leisurely pace as long as it's relatively flat and I can take breaks if needed. I'd like to drive to Hilo for the day, maybe going to the Wednesday farmer's market, seeing a waterfall or two, visiting Big Island Candies and having lunch. How long is the drive from Waikoloa? If we chose to visit the volcano, what would you recommend we see to get a basic overview or taste without hiking and not killing my back? I'm considering a helicopter or plane ride for ease and comfort.
Does anyone have a farmer's market schedule for what areas have it on which days/times? I love
to buy local produce and goods there and try to hit as many as possible!
Also, last time we shopped at the Island Gourmet in Waikoloa and Foodland Farms at The Mauna Lani. They were fine for our needs (yes pricey but that's ok) since we won't go to Costco for just the two of us. We mostly buy snacks and will cook a dinner or two in so like the gourmet selection of those two stores. I went to the Waikoloa Market (not sure of name) in the village once last time but didn't care for it. Is there another market up North near Waimea/Kawaihae or Hawi? I don't mind driving the 30+ minutes as I enjoyed what little I saw of those areas last time and would like to explore them further. We have no problem driving outside of Waikoloa, either north or south for
meals and shopping.