Camper-vanning it on the Big Island of Hawaii next week: what should two Alaskans not miss?
The boyfriend and I are going to be on the Big Island of Hawaii next week (12/27-1/04). We have a camper van for the week and...basically no plans beyond some time at Volcanoes National Park. We land and leave from Hilo, and neither of us have been to the Big Island before (I actually haven't been to Hawaii at all before, or to to any warm tropicalish place).
Things we love: hiking and walking , kayaking, snorkeling, tidepools and other wildlife/outdoorsy stuff, farmer's markets, good meals at places which include a vegetarian option for me (we are probably mostly going to get groceries and cook from the van this time, but will definitely go out a few times), worthwhile and interesting tourist attractions.
Things we're not great at: lying on a beach for hours and hours, fishing, typical tourist traps where the main focus is the adjoining tee shirt shop.
So, we'd love some help planning. We have the blue book
but it's a little overwhelming. If you have insight into particularly nice campgrounds, great things to do or a good way to spend New Year's Eve, we'd love to hear that.