We are thinking about taking a day trip from Maui to the Big Island and renting a car. I have no idea the distance involved form point A to point B so I'm hoping you all can help me. Is it possible to visit VNP and do Hilo in one day and fly back to Maui that night? Do you go thru Kona? Should we rent a car and do it ourselves or should we hire a guide? Everyone wants to do VNP, and my husband and I would like to visit Hilo. We're huge MMA fans and would especially like to see BJ Penn's training camp. He's talked about how beautiful Hilo is and if we're able to visit the Big Island we would like to see the town and hopefully BJ!! Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!