My wife and I are arriving in Hilo on January 1 at 11:00 AM and we'll be leaving the Big Island from the Kona Airport at 3:00 PM on January 3. So far, the only thing on our itinerary is exploring Volcano National Park on January 2. Could someone suggest a couple of itineraries for us -- one on the afternoon of January 1 on our drive towards VNP, and one on the morning of January 3 on our way to Kona? I have gone through the forums and am wondering about the following: Ken's Pancake House in Hilo sounds nice but I'm guessing they will be closed on New Years Day. Can anyone confirm? What about the Farmer's Market? Will that be opened? If not, that'll be ok because I also read that there are some wonderful falls in or near Hilo. Are they easy to find? Are there road signs that will point us in the right direction? And we would also like to stop at the Punalu'u black sand beach on our way to Kona. How far off Hwy 11 is the beach? And how long is the drive from VNP to Kona on January 3 (which is a Wednesday). Depending on the length of the drive, we may have an hour or two in Kona before we have to catch our plane. Any suggestions for things to see in Kona? I hope someone can help me. Thanks in advance for your help!