Staying for 7 nights in Mid-April 2018 with my girlfriend (we are mid-30s and pretty low-key for our age FYI). We are flying into Kona & staying 1-2 nights in Kona then deciding whether to head to Volcano or Hilo for 2 nights - main goal would be to see basics of Volcano national park (dont think im gonna get the lady into the backcountry). With that being said, a few questions (below)....
1) is 1 or 2 days Needed orrequired to see the park..? I saw somebody say that the basic sights of Volcano national park can be done in a single day, however I really do want to see the lava flows at twlight or night so factor that in.
2) does it make sense to stay in Volcano or Hilo (which seems to offer more options)?
3) seems that many tours will offer to pick you up at hotel in Hilo/Kona - if we have to do a tour for nighttime viewing anyways - does it even make sense to pay for a shuttle that would not be leveraged?
5) also wanna do the waterfalls and scenic drive around northside of island from Hilo to Kohala coast After the days @ Volcano (for whatever that is worth)
really trying to decide if we do 2x nights in Hilo or in Volcano considering the info above & would love any advice or input from the local experts or those with previous experience!!