Hawaii - Oahu - Accessible/Easy Access Accommodation & Activities
Oahu is one of the Hawaiian Islands group – most populous and perhaps best known because of Waikiki and Pearl Harbour. It is around a 10-hour flight on access-friendly Air New Zealand or Hawaiian Airlines. Most people stay in Waikiki where there are hotels to suit every taste and budget – many advertised as accessible, but with no more information than that (as usual). There is more information here about the Ewa Hotel below.
A holiday here can be whatever you want it to be – days on the perfect sand, under the perfect sky, swimming in the perfect sea at Waikiki and dining at any of the many, many restaurant options along the beach, at Kealakekua Street or the nearby Ala Moana Centre (lots and lots and lots of shops). A visit to the very moving Pearl Harbour memorial is definitely worth doing. But then, for a complete change to a place that could be almost any NZ "away from the crowd" east coast beach (but warmer), there is the North Shore of Oahu. Here beaches like Waimea Bay and the Pipeline are calm enough to paddle and snorkel in the northern summer, and then transform themselves into the venue for VERY BIG wave surf contests in the winter (October – February).
And the thing that makes these places and many easier to get to is The Bus -blue, go all over the island, cheap, with drivers well-trained in looking after anyone with mobility issues. A good space up front for wheelchairs that are clamped firmly in place. Because The Bus is cheap It is popular, and because it is popular they can take a long time to go a short distance – over an hour to get to the North Shore. But you are on holiday so you don’t care.
And Waikiki is accessible with a big A - beautiful wide, level walkways running the length of Waikiki along Kalekaua Avenue that runs along the hotels, shops, restaurants that line the beach and at the southern end flat, firm grass areas with shady palms just back from the sand.