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first time to Big Island, ten days, with teen boys. (HELP!)

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We are going for ten days, over Christmas and New Years. Yes, I know, busiest time, and, for a reason, only time kids can have enough time out of school to go!!

Flying into Oahu for several days to see sights, then over to BI. Leaving after ten days from Kona.

Question? Where to stay? Two locations? or one and drive. Don't like a lot of moving around, but want to see as much as I can.

Wants??

SUN, don't want to stay in an area that clouds hover with rain...and a few miles over...sun.

Don't prefer huge commercial hotels with elbow to elbow people. Would rather find a house, or a smaller community that we would feel more 'at home' in, as opposed to a big hotel.

Close/walkable to fun stuff....snorkeling, beach, fishing, etc. No interest in being near shops and restaurants, rather be close to nature!! If that makes sense. We will stock up at Costco and eat at home some, out some too. But don't want terribly commercial

I guess it makes sense to stay several nights near Hilo and several nights near the Volcano? Comments? Or perhaps there is a midway point that we could see both, BUT stay in a really special natural area that we could get to know, and DRIVE into the more crowded Hilo area and Volcano??

We rent alot thru VRBO, and any links to a place YOU like would be appreciated. Just seems some are big condo developments and IDK that THAT is what we prefer. We do need two bedrooms minimum, and a kitchen/dr/lr area.

Many thanks!!

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