My husband and I will be visiting the Big Island in May with our daughter, who will be 11 months old. We arrive in Hilo at noon on the 9th and depart the evening of the 14th. I've been scouring the forums here and I know that tons of people have posted questions about itineraries but we are starting our planning from scratch and a bit overwelmed.
I'm not sure where we should stay and what we should definitely do. Having the baby with us rules out any snorkeling and, while I know that some of this is inevitable, I would like to avoid excessive time in the car. We're not opposed to staying in multiple places but we would prefer a place with a kitchen and patio vs. a hotel so that we dont have to bring the baby to restaurants (which is not really all that pleasant for anyone) and have some place to hang out when out when our daughter takes naps or goes to bed at night.
Finally, we're both big hikers and excited about exploring the island (we have a hiking backpack for the baby!). We would like to stay away from the overly touristy areas as much as possible.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance!