Hawaii: nature, no crowds?
Where is the best place in Hawaii for outdoor recreation, absorbing nature, local flavor (i.e., no chain hotels or restaurants)? Which island? We are thinking about going in late spring, and we'd like to stay at a B&B or cottage. We don't necessarily need the amenities of a city, but we don't want to drive more than 4 hours from the airport. Mid- to upper price range.
I would like ideas or recommendations from people who have been there. Thanks.