The drive to Hana was just beautiful. Our driver, Pu, did an excellent historical background of each site. Lunch provided was delicious. After Hana the back road around Maui was EXTREMELY BUMPY. Could have skipped this part as it was boring. Also, could have skipped the Tedeschi Vineyards as the wine was terrible and their gifts costly (but the bathrooms were necessary by this time). We should have turned back on the Road to Hana after the Seven Pools. Very long and tiring day.
Akatsuka Orchid Gardens -- very pretty, nice gift shop.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Rating:
Awesome! My husband and I had a personal tour by Marylou -- fabulous! Enjoyed the VNP, saw the HI state Nene bird, lava tube, Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, Hilo Coffee Plantation, Macademia Nut Factory, Rainbow Falls and black sand beach. Great day!