Subject: The Big Island - Hawaii
Aloha Elizabeth, But this is not a good idea:

>>we are planning to take one of the tours down Waipo. We are city people who don't drive much, so driving down ourselves has no appeal whatsoever, although we are usual loathe to depend on someone else. If you take a commercial tour, they cannot take you to see the actual beach area: it is reserved for private use, i.e. no commericial enterprises will or can take you there. They will tour you around in the valley area, passing Taro fields, some B &Bs, crossing streams. It is pretty, but it is not the beach or creek passing into the ocean. If you can't drive down, don't waste your time. You can get a good feel for the valley, the shoreline, from the lookout at the top of the entrance. I have pictures, but this is not the place to be showing them.

>>at present, our plan is to spend that night in Honokaa, so as not to rush or do too much driving in any one day. We'll drive down to Volcano the next day, and spend two full days there.

There is nothing in Honokaa either: just a small town that used to service the sugar cane crews. The fields are gone, the land is now barren, owned by Bishop Estate, so an hour is all you need to see *all* of Honokaa. The action is at the Volcano Park and Kailua Town, on the West Coast. Consider a small rescheduling, Elizabeth.

Marghe and Marty. We are in Tannum Sands or we would take you down into Waipio Valley ourselves.