We are looking to stay at the Farimont, or nearby, and we are wondering how far the drive is to Waimea, particularly Merriman's and some other restaurants there. Is it about ten minutes or way more? And, since we will likely be doing the dive in the evening is the highway lighted?
Also, we haven't been back to the Big Island in many years, is the main highway, 19 often filled with traffic in high season or, its still pretty wide open during the day and during the evening? Thanks.