My husband and I are planning a trip to BI next spring, and were planning to spend a couple of days up in Volcano, then have our "home base" out of Kona for 5 or 6 days.
Now, I'm no skittish thing. I've walked the streets of DC and Baltimore alone at night. Homeless people are, to me, more a sad reminder of how lucky I am than a threat. And drug dealers? As long as they aren't violent or aggressive, it's just a matter of walking on by.
But, given that, I don't want to spend a large chunk of our "trip of a lifetime" feeling like I could've plunked a palm tree in the middle of any major city and had the same experience, without spending all that time and money to get to HI.
Chances are, this is the one time we'll ever travel to Hawaii. And, while we don't want a fake-veneer version of the Island, we do want the beauty, the culture, and, yes, a lack of harassment and depression on the trip.
So, should we continue to plan to stay in the Kona area? Or look elsewhere? And if we should look elsewhere, where should we look? (We're on a pretty serious budget, and looking for waterfront lodging--had a couple of places in mind in Kona, but will hold off while waiting for feedback.)