When Kona is crazy with Ironman in October, we will be near Pahoa (close to Kahena Beach) for several nights. Having flown in to Kona, I expect we may drive down the Hamakua Coast to arrive at the cottage we have rented and I expect we will spend at least one day at the volcano and one at Kapoho tide pools to snorkel. (We have a rental car.) After our time in the Pahoa area, we will return to the Kona side for a couple nights via Punaluu, Southpoint, etc.
It has been over 20 years since I was last on the Big Island (anyone else remember Queen's Bath?) and my wife has never been. Any suggestions on where to eat/drink and for activities/sights would be much appreciated. About us: people in their 50's who still hike, snorkel, etc., we enjoy history and wildlife, and good cocktails too.