We visited the Big Island in 2007 and 2008, and plan to return again in May. We've stayed in the Keauhou and Hilo areas, and this time we're renting a house near Pahoa. We didn't see much of Volcano during our other trips, so that's part of the plan.
We have been in Pahoa and driven down to Kapoho (and to South Point). We know about Champagne Pond, tide pools, Alanui, music jams, farmers markets, etc. Other than these places and Volcano, what else can anyone recommend on that end of the island?
We are not big beach people, but do go for most things unexpected and unusual. I understand you can no longer drive to the green sand beach -- and there is a long hike involved -- so we may skip that. Anything that would give us the chance to talk to locals (the ones who want to talk to us) would be welcomed.
Thanks for your help!