I had intentions of looking at staying in the Kohala region at one of the resorts, but deciding on accommodation frustrated me and ended up booking in at the Courtyard King Kamehameha in Kona. Glad I did. Those resorts are a good 30 minute drive to Kona if you wanted restaurants and shops etc.
I know for some people resorts suit them if they just want to hang around there, but I prefer to be near things that are more accessible and within walking distance.
I did drive through the various resorts and tried to recall the places that I did look into and I can say that the areas were absolutely beautiful....but like I said, I like to be near things.