My brother and I want to take our parents to the BI for 8-10 nights during the first 2 weeks of Dec. I still have not made any reservations yet because of extenuating circumstances and indecisiveness of my family, but I have been reading this forum to gather ideas for our trip. With just over 2 months left, I finally see a resolution to our circumstances, and I've just decided to plan this whole thing myself in earnest.
After reading some of the pros and cons of staying exclusively on one side of island vs dividing time between the two sides, I had originally wanted to stay the whole time in a condo at the colony villas to avoid packing/unpacking. But the prospect of dauntingly long drives has put me back on the fence. Aside from an extra round of packing/unpacking, I do have some other concerns about staying a couple of nights at, say, the Volcano, and I was hoping you could allay them. Here they are:
1. Booking a couple of nights at the Volcano will commit us to visiting the area on specific days. If it were to rain during that time, how long does it usually last in that area? The entire day or just a short spell? And how foggy does it get there? It would be a shame to not see the VNP at all because of inclement weather. But if we were based in Waikoloa beach resort, we could leave our schedule open and check the weather forecast before heading out.
2. Since we will be sight-seeing with a trunk full of luggage, I have some security concerns. What are the places with higher incidences of car break-ins? I would plan to drive the southern route from KOA, with a stop at Costco, another stop somewhere for a late lunch, and a short stop to see the black sand beach. Then on the day we check out, I would drive the northern route, seeing Hilo, the water falls, and one of the botanic gardens en route to Waikoloa.
3. Would we be able to avoid traffic if our flight arrives shortly after noon?
Thank you for your help!