Information for Hawaii Travelers with Disabilities:

Hawaii will honor disability placards from other states and countries. This will allow you to park in any disability parking space.

You can bring your own wheelchair to Hawaii or rent one in Hawaii. Many disability rental companies will deliver and pick up wheelchairs or other items to your hotel.

There are some commercial tour companies that can accomodate people with disabilities. If you are interested in a particular tour company, contact them in advance to see if they can accomodate you.

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrave... TSA Rules

http://hawaii.gov/health/dcab/travel/ Hawaiitraveler tips (Most Islands). Click on pdf file (or Word Pad)  for each.

http://hawaii.gov/health/dcab/factshe... Air Carrier Access Act

http://www.makoa.org/travel.htm  Disability Travel links

Oahu:

On Oahu, a disability placard will allow parking for up to 2 1/2 hours at any metered space.

http://hawaii.gov/health/dcab/travel/...

http://www1.honolulu.gov/parks/progra... Free Landeez All-Terrain Wheelchairs at Selected Beaches

http://www.disabledtravelers.com/blog... This link lists some companies that are ADA compliant. Included are lodging, tours, helicpter tour

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-... Wheelchair rentals

http://www.ugomobility.com/ Mobility rentals including scooters & wheelchairs

http://www.iolanipalace.org/Visit/Acc...

All public areas of 'Iolani Palace and 'Iolani Barracks are wheelchair accessible. Entry to 'Iolani Palace is from the Diamond Head/East side door. Motorized scooters and electric wheelchairs are not permitted in the Palace itself. However, standard wheelchairs are available free of charge for visitors who need them. Please inform the cashier of special requriements when purchasing your tickets, so a staff member can be on hand to operate the wheelchair lift.

Services are also available for the blind and ASL for the deaf or hard of hearing. 

***Accessibility Checklist for Travelers -

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...

 

Maui:

Arrival & departure -

OGG airport (Kahului, Maui) travelers can wait at the curbside post with blue Disablility signage for rental car shuttle to pick them up - but notifying rental car agency that you will be there instead of the center island will be needed.

Have your placard in hand - they are not allowed to stop there unless you have one handy and they can readily show it.

http://hawaii.gov/health/dcab/travel/...

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/28037350/...

http://www.globalaccessnews.com/maui.htm

http://www.wildwheelswentals.com/ Rentals

http://www.gammie.com/ Rentals- this company rents full medical equipment as well as wheel chairs, portable scooters and power chairs (yes - the kind you can dissassemble and put in a car)  they also have a good article on website to help decide on what you need, whether to bring yours or rent theirs

http://www.mauiaccessiblecondo.com/in... This site has info for Accessible Adventures, Disabled Services, Transportation Options and more.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...  This forum thread has a lot of advice for travelers with disabilities on Maui. Many links in the replies.

Kauai:

Kauai County provides a Landeez all-terrain wheelchair at lifeguard stations at Poipu Beach Park, Lydgate Beach Park and Salt Pond Beach Park.   Further information can be found in the following link -

 http://www.kauai-hawaii.com/visitor-f...

http://hawaii.gov/health/dcab/travel/...

http://www.accessiblekauai.com/ This is a good site for Activities, Dining, Transportation, Beaches

http://www.gammie.com/ Rentals- this company rents full medical equipment as well as wheel chairs, portable scooters and power chairs (yes - the kind you can dissassemble and put in a car)  they also have a good article on website to help decide on what you need, whether to bring yours or rent theirs

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-... Kauai trip report

 

 

Island of Hawaii:

http://www.disabledadventureshawaii.com/

http://hawaii.gov/health/dcab/travel/...

http://www.disabledadventureshawaii.c... Alii Stroll

http://bannixhawaii.com/ Rentals - excellent Aloha spirit and  service  from local company in Waimea

http://www.bigislandmedical.com/ Rentals in Kailua Kona/ Captain Cook area

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...  Island of Hawaii trip report

Molokai:

http://hawaii.gov/health/dcab/travel/...

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/28037350/...

Lanai:

http://hawaii.gov/jrf/lny/customer-se...

Other Links:

http://www.travelguides.org/links.html

http://www.accessalohatravel.com/

Traveling With Disabilities Forum:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-...

Tidbits:

The smaller airports, such as KOA - offer a lift for passengers unable to climb stairs, this airport now uses a ramps instead of stairs however the grade is steeper than many can walk. The lift  must be requested if you are not in a wheelchair. At KOA can be requested right at the gate as it only takes them a minute or two. Patience may be a good idea here, it's a small airport and it may take a few minutes to get assistance.

At OGG the porters will be waiting outside the plane for anyone needing assistance for whatever reason and they are great. 

Wheelchair passengers  go on the plane first and come off last.

 

Accomodations

It is absolutely the traveler's responsibility to veridy accessibility of a property, whether renting through a hotel, condominium, or individual such as vrbo.com, or homeaway.com - don't take the symbol of traditional blue disability chair emblem as solid proof, do ask questions and make certain that they are answered.       Due diligence by the traveler can save a vacation with minimal effort.