Hi all! It has been 2 years since my trip to the BI and now I am planning a multi-generational trip for my family. Ages from elementary, middle and high school kids to seniors who love golf. Personally I am looking for great snorkeling and beach. SInce the MK (I think the perfect option) is closed and seems that it may be still closed Christmas 08-09, I tried to get everyone to agree on the Hapuna. Despite my best beach arguments, they did not like what they have read about the rooms, etc on this website. My old edition of Big Island Revealed was not that helpful.You all gave me such great advice (yes, Merriman's was my favorite meal) the last time, I was wondering what our decision should be between ML or Orchid?