We are considering stopping at both the Hawaii Botanical Garden and Akaka Falls on our way out of Hilo the day we are transferring over to the west side but I need to know if our luggage will be safe in our rental car in those parking lots. It will be in the "paid" lot at the falls so I'm wondering if they have a parking attendant there that keeps an eye on things. I know the gardens has a security guard.
I searched this forum for an answer to this specific question and found one from 2017 but wanted to get it out here again since it seems a lot of people need to do what we are thinking about. The most recent one said both of these places are considered "safe" since Akaka starting charging the fee. But it seems like maybe these are the only 2 stops that you can do this.
Lastly, if anyone knows of some other stops as we head north that would be OK to stop and see because the car is close by, please let me know and I'll put those of the list. If not, we'll just to the "drive" without any more stops.