I'm traveling to Hawaii for vacation and would like to see Kilauea by air. The have reservations for 3 nights in Honolulu and then 8 nights in Maui. I'm debating two options to see Kilauea (on the Big Island):
1. On the day of travel from Honolulu to Maui, flying early morning from Honolulu to Hilo, taking a helicopter tour of Kilaueu mid-day and then flying to Maui at night from Hilo.
2. Flying directly from Honolulu to Maui, and during the 8 days on Maui picking a day to take the Volcano Air Tours fixed wing plane from Maui which circles around Kilaueu and lands back on Maui.
Do you have any recommendations as to which option sounds better? Cost is about the same for both. I feel like the highlight of the trip is getting a good view of the volcano, so I think the Helicopter is the better option for that. But the helicopter option takes much for time out of the trip, and I chance taking a whole day out of my trip (and possibly wasting money) if the weather doesn't cooperate. Is it worth the extra time and uncertainty to take the helicopter ride vs. the fixed wing plane?