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The trip around the Big Island is inconvenient from the point of view of the sights because TBI is big. In general it works best if you divide your TBI into 2/3 on the western side and 1/3 on the eastern side at night. and where do you want to stay?
One more via Saddle Rd to Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park. Perhaps another along the Kohala coastline to Pu'ukohla Heiau, Lapahaki Park, Mo'okini Luakini Heiau, Hawi, Pololu Valley, back along the Kohala Mountain Rd. Normally, when traveling the island in one afternoon, they concentrate on being on the other side, usually Akaka Falls, VNP, Punalu'u.
Best driving is about 6 hrs with an extra one for Pune (impractical), without stopping. If you have to be in the south, but at some point it can still be dark. but I wouldn't recommend that you go in a round.
Since you are in Hapuna in the far northern part of the country, I suggest you begin your excursion on Hwy 19 on the Hamakua-coastline. From the Waipi'o Valley, stop overlooking Akaka Falls State Park. Stay in the park for some days and go back along Saddle Road (if the lease allows it, otherwise go back the way you came).
There are few places of interest on the south itinerary, and if you want to see the Kona coastline (I would do it), you should have already found a way to do that on another date, rather than at the end of that long daily, as it will be too late when you get to the interesting places.
On the first of the days I come to the Pololu Valley Lookout, sometime on Monday even. On Tuesday I go to the south of the island, visiting Punalu'u Beach and begin my trip back to the city. We' d also advise you not to travel to Big Island after nightfall.
Well, I wouldn't do S-SE Big Island except VNP. It is not a good notion to go to the Pololu Valley in the evenings, as the setting light is early. They will want to be there in good season to see it in the light of darkness and hopefully return before nightfall. It is not possible to install it on the check-in date with a plane from Pittsburg.
What is your journey and when will your plane be? I have a 2am plane leave, so I would hopefully go to Pololu at about 430. When does the sun set on the big island?