Mo in Atlanta wrote:
Looks like we’re going to rent a house in the Volcano Golf and Country Club subdivision. Across the street from the park. What is the shortest distance from Kona airport to the Volcanos National Park? Google says 101 miles following the southern route. What do the pros say?
It's a nice subdivision, and it's on the "dry" side, but while technically it is across of the VNP, it's a few miles from the actual entrance of the VNP. There is a winery nearby, check it out. The wine is terrible, but their gift shop has lots of cool items.
PS. Yes, go South, it will be about 30 minutes shorter. Watch your speed between Naalehu and VNP, as well as inside the park boundaries.