We have a group of 6 (4 adults, 1 teenager, and 1 child ) and are staying in Kailua-Kona for only 5 days at the end of July. We want to do a 1 day trip (we know it is recommended to do at least two days, but we do not have the time, and the two youngest do not have the patience!), from Kona to HVNP. What is the best way to do this?? We have looked at A LOT of different posts on the forums, and all sorts of travel books, and can't decide whether it would be more productive to drive their ourselves and back in one day or to do a tour with a company like Roberts Hawaii, Hawaii Forest and Trail or Native Guide Hawaii? Do these tours have enough time/stops to be worth it?
If we drive how long should we be expecting to be touring the park?
Thank you in advance, and advice will be greatly appreciated!!Edited: 3:07 pm, June 24, 2010