The big island offer numerous opportunities to rent private homes or condominiums. If your budget can allow, this is the type of place to stay. I like being in a good zone, and you will have a better time. If you go weekly, you should try to plan at least a month ahead to have the most choices.
Picking out a real nice place takes a lot of homework. If you do a really good job, when you're on vacation, things will be a lot better for you. Make sure you get the amenities that you want. We picked a good one and were really glad we stayed here in this villa. Location is probably one of the very key elements, but if you have a bicycle or scooter it really doesn't matter that much on the small island. You see a lot more when you travel a bit away from Old Town and that is what we do For Sightseeing during the daylight hours. We tend to stick to the larger units as we are a family of four. This last trip was just two of us so we could get a smaller unit. Many of the rentals down here do sleep six, when you're in a private home. Lushly furnished is a really nice thing to have, so when you return it is cozy to relax.