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​Hawaii Traveler Tips for Visitors

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Oahu Island, Hawaii

Hawaii is a place of stunning natural beauty and rich culture. The deep relationship between the two is the most powerful aspect of visiting Hawaii. When you learn to love Hawaii the way the locals do, not only do you help perpetuate all that they hold dear, but you also get to experience what it’s like to have a connection with this special place.

In Hawaii, there is a strong commitment to being a welcoming place for all travelers. The Hawaii State Department of Health has compiled a comprehensive list of transportation options, equipment rentals, service animals, and other resources for travelers with disabilities visiting the islands of Kaua’i, Maui, Moloka’i, O’ahu, and the island of Hawaii.

Transportation Options 

Transportation options vary from island to island. Many visitors enjoy taking bus tours to conveniently explore the Islands. For most islands you can also get around by shuttle, taxi, ride-sharing app such as Uber or Lyft, or public transportation. Rental cars are in high demand, so it is recommended to plan ahead and secure a reservation.

Equipment Rentals 

There are several companies on each island that offer equipment rentals for travelers with disabilities. These companies provide a range of equipment such as wheelchairs, scooters, and beach wheelchairs. It is recommended to contact these companies in advance to ensure availability and make arrangements for delivery and pick-up.

Service Animals 

Service animals are welcome in Hawaii. However, it is important to note that Hawaii is a rabies-free state and has strict animal quarantine laws. Travelers with service animals are encouraged to review the requirements and procedures for bringing their animal into the state.

Access to Beaches and Trails 

Several beaches on O’ahu offer all-terrain wheelchairs: Ala Moana Beach Park, Fort DeRussy Beach, and Sans Souci Beach in Waikīkī; Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Nature Preserve, Kailua Beach Park, Kuaola Regional Park and Pōkaʻī Beach Park.

All-terrain wheelchairs are also available at select beaches on Kaua’i: Lydgate Beach Park, Poʻipū Beach Park and Salt Pond Beach Park and selected beach parks are accessible on Maui and the island of Hawaii. 

Hawaii offers a range of resources for travelers with disabilities to ensure that everyone can fully enjoy their visit to the islands. With transportation options such as bus tours, shuttles, taxis, ride-sharing apps or public transportation; equipment rentals such as wheelchairs or scooters; service animals welcome; and access to beaches and trails with all-terrain wheelchairs available at select locations; visitors with disabilities can experience all that Hawaii has to offer.

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