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Travelers with Disabilities

In Hawaiʻi, we take pride in being a welcoming place for all travelers. The Hawaiʻi.gov/dcab/">Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB) of the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health has compiled a list of Hawaiʻi.gov/dcab/community-resources/visitors/" target="_blank">Hawaiʻi Traveler Tips for Kauaʻi, Maui, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu and the island of Hawaiʻi, with a comprehensive list of transportation options, equipment rentals, service animals and more. The DCAB website also provides information on Hawaiʻi.gov/dcab/Community-Resources/Emergency/" target="_blank">emergency preparedness and Hawaiʻi.gov/dcab/parking/" target="_blank">parking for persons with disabilities.

Access to Hawaiʻi’s Beaches and Trails

Oʻahu
The following beaches on Oʻahu 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. For further information and to confirm details before visiting, contact the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Parks and Recreation at (808) 768-3027.

Kauaʻi
All-terrain wheelchairs are available at select beaches on Kauaʻi, including Lydgate Beach Park, Poʻipū Beach Park and Salt Pond Beach Park. For more information, contact the County of Kaua‘i, Department of Parks and Recreation at (808) 241-4460.

Other Islands
Selected beach parks are accessible on Maui and the island of Hawaiʻi. Contact representatives on each island for a comprehensive list:
County of Maui, Department of Parks and Recreation, Aquatics Program: (808) 270-6138
County of Hawaiʻi, Department of Parks and Recreation: (808) 961-8311.

Airline Transportation 

Most airlines provide assistance to passengers with special needs through their skycap (porter) service and are able to transport personal wheelchairs, including folding, collapsible or non-folding manual wheelchairs, electric/battery-powered wheelchairs and electric-powered carts. Typically, 48 hours’ advance notice and one hour for check-in on your day of departure is needed for any electric/battery-powered chairs. Please advise your airline in advance to arrange for any special services. 


Air Carrier Access Act  

The Air Carrier Access Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in air travel. The Department of Transportation has a rule defining the rights of passengers and the obligations of airlines under this law. This rule applies to all flights of U.S. airlines, and to flights to or from the United States by foreign airlines.  

Safety Tips

Safety Tips

From ocean and sun safety to procedures in the event of an emergency, here are some ways to keep you and your family safe and secure during your stay in Hawaiʻi

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