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Kauai Special Needs Travel Tips

From accessing airports, seeing the sights, visiting the beach or renting a car, Kauai has options available for travellers with special needs. Kauai comes under the jurisdiction of the Americans with Disabilities Act so stairs should have a corresponding ramp and escalators a corresponding elevator. Many of the hotels are equipped with wheelchair-accessible rooms, and tour companies provide many special services for travellers with limited mobility. The following listings are not an endorsement for any particular company, business or product.

Every airline provides assistance to passengers with special needs through their skycap (porter) service. Please advise your airline in advance to arrange for any special services to ensure assistance.

Travelling With Your Wheelchair
Most airlines transport personal wheelchairs including folding, collapsible or non-folding manual wheelchairs, and electric/battery powered wheelchairs and electric powered carts. Typically, 48 hours advance notice and one hour for check-in on day of departure is needed for any electric/battery-powered chairs.

The Bus
The Kauai bus operates a public (fixed-route) and paratransit (door-to-door) bus service. All buses are wheelchair accessible . Contact the County of Kauai, Transportation Agency for information on routes, schedules and hours of operation at (808) 241-6410.
Vehicle Rentals
With advance notice, car rental companies will provide accessible transport from the airport, from the airport car rental booth to vehicle pickup point, or will deliver the vehicle to the airport terminal. You can also rent wheelchair accessible vans. Call for more information:

Wheelers Van Rentals of Hawaii: (877) 735-6365
Wheelchair Getaways of Hawaii: (800) 638-1912

Parking Information
The State of Hawaii recognises valid disability parking placards issued by other states and countries for parking in designated, accessible parking spaces. Parking placards must hang from the vehicle’s rearview mirror when the vehicle is parked in a designated space.

Equipment Rentals
If your hotel does not have the equipment you need to make your stay comfortable, the following Kauai companies rent wheelchairs and other medical equipment.

Apria Healthcare (servicing Kauai from Oahu): (800) 232-2549
Gammie HomeCare: (808) 632-2333
Hawaii Home Infusion: (888) 779-8477

Access to Beaches and Trails
All terrain wheelchairs are available at selected beaches on Kauai including Lydgate Beach Park, Poipu Beach Park and Salt Pond Beach Park. For further information and to confirm details before visiting, contact the County of Kauai’s ADA Coordinator at (808) 241-6203.

For more detailed information for travellers with disabilities click here.