We will be visiting the Big Island for a family wedding next 2 weeks. I can't seem to get all the Top Questions to show on the top right corner of the travel forum page. The only TQ that shows is about the distance to airport. Is there another place to access the TQ information? Sorry for the specifics to follow but would like comments in case I can't get to the TQ questions.
We have 3 nights at VNP as a south base for the park and Hilo. Staying at the KMC in the park. With 90 year old mother in law (who is awesome) will do the short hike to Akaka waterfalls and Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Gardens (with bug spray and rain gear, 13 mile marker). From KMC, will we still need to go to Jaegger to see night lava glow? I'm trying for the TQ link to get other suggestions.
Then headed for vrbo rental house (has pool and resort pass) above Mauna Kea resort (wedding is at the resort) for a week. We must stop at Costco for wedding and large group supplies. So driving on Kona side up to the north. Have a morning dive scheduled on one day with Kohala Divers. (night manta dive is booked for after house rental week.) Hoping for snorkeling beach recommendations from TQ link. There's a group luau evening at Marriott Waikoloa up north. Next day there's a group golf afternoon at Mauna Kea, and perhaps at Hapuna Beach. Looking for recommendation where to buy fresh fish to grill at the house. Costco or? Any other half day excursions from MK area?
After house rental, looking for suggestions on Kailua hotel for two nights. King Kam has retired military rate that's ok. Also looked at Sheraton but their add on charges seemed higher. Liked the idea of seeing the mantas from their cliff, though. Outrigger is no more :-( Will do a manta night dive while based in Kailua 2 nights before we fly out. We plan to eat dinner at Four Seasons as last splurge before we depart at 10 pm for red eye back to California. Should we make reservations?
Again I apologize for so many details and the length of the post. Any other suggestions?