[ Big Island ][ Maui] First time in Hawaii

Hi everyone,

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My dad and I will be traveling to Hawaii one month from now for the first time. After doing some research I came up with a day by day schemes and a few questions came up.

It would be great if you could comment on the overall plan as well as specific details I might have missed.

Big Island( Will be staying in the Kona area ):

Day 1: Landing at Kona airport around noon( 2 pm) from LA after spending one night in LA due to flight schedule( will take us 18 hours or so to reaching LA ).

Day 2: Scuba diving+ manta night dive

Day 3: Scuba diving

Day 4:

Day 6: Volcanoes National Park

Now for my the issue of the big island ๐Ÿ˜› TAGEND

  1. Any recommendation for a Luau in the Kona area, and should we volume it in advance? Is it a good notion to do it in the evening of Day1?

  2. To my understanding There isn’t much to discovery at the peak of Mauna Kea. We thought about operating alone( rented automobile) to the VIS for the stargazing program, but from what I read online there is a limited number of people( automobiles ?) that can attend and it’s on a “first come – first served” base. When should we arrive to make sure we go in( It will be on Saturday the 19 th in August )?

  3. Volcanoes – I read a ton about this park and I’m still very much confused … I hear that the best way to position the lava( I understand it’s not guarantee – nature and stuff) is from the Kalapana side. does that mean we need to go into the park and merely reach the east part of it or do we need to drive all the way to Kalapana without even entering the national park? Is there somewhere we can check for the best rout to see the lava flowing a day before we leaving? Any overall tips-off about this would be great – It really is confusing to me. Also, my dad is 65 years old, is it even doable to do without a long hike?

  4. We have a day without any plans ATM, was thinking of going to the Kealakekua bay for the sea turtles. Is that a full day activity?

  5. We plan to do everything in so far by ourselves( with a rented vehicle) except for the scuba diving ofc. Is any activity schemed here is recommended to be does so with a guided tour only?

Maui( Will be staying in the Kaanapali area ):

Day 1: Arriving Maui in the morning( 10 am ).

Day 2: Scuba Diving.

Day 3: Scuba Diving.

Day 4: Road to Hana.

Day5: Zipline half day+ beach/ water sports half day.

Day 6: Haleakala Sunrise( already booked )+ 1 pm flight out of Maui.

Now for my the issue of Maui ๐Ÿ˜› TAGEND

  1. Couldn’t find any “official” info online but to my understanding the road to Hana is largely at sea level and it’s no problem doing the day after scuba diving. Can anyone confirm this information?

  2. On the last day we plan on doing the Haleakala Sunrise then fly out of Maui( flight leaves at 1 pm ). Is that enough time and possible “doin ” the same day?

  3. Any suggestions for day 1?

  4. Any recommended diving clubs? Should I drive to Wailea-Makena area and find a diving club there or search in my hotel region( Kaanapali )?

  5. My sister will be joining us for Maui and she is Vegan. Any Recommended Vegan eateries in the Kaanapali area?

I think this is all I have for now. Any general or specific tips-off about my plans are highly welcome.

Sorry about the wall of text ๐Ÿ™‚

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