We are planning to go to the Big Island at the end of April, 2005 for 8 days. We will be traveling in a group of 4 people. After reading a lot of posts from this forum, I found it is very informative. We plan to stay about 4 to 5 nights in Kona and the rest in other part of the island which we are not sure where. Hilo might not be the best choice since it is a rainny place. We also want to stay near by the swimmable beach, but fair price. We want to explore the whole Big Island on our 8 days trip. Could you please give us some tips on the hotels, beaches, attractions, etc? Thank you very much!