We will be in Kona in three weeks (Marriott Waikoloa), staying 1 week. We are a family of 4, 2 adults 2 kids (10&12). I have not been able to plan an itinerary or list of things to do, or make any reservations beyond air/car/hotel, as we have been consumed with dealing with an ailing parent for the last 6 weeks. I started researching and looking at the archives today, but became overwhelmed. Can I call on the good people of this forum for some help? I will break this into several posts and want to start with the most confusing piece for me and that is a trip to VNP area. We will drive and can spend one night. Driving route with scenic stops and things to do (including restaurants) are welcomed. We prefer an easier driving route if there is one. Recommendations on where to spend the night too. I am thinking at this late notice, I am going to have a hard time with accomodations. Prefer Volcano, but open to suggestions.
Additionally, we are not experienced hikers.
I am reading there is little opportunity to see active lava flow with out a helicopter tour or long hike. But then somewhere else I read about surface lava flows and not to miss the night glow. Confused.
I am so very appreciative of your help!