My husband and I are looking for a wheelchair-accessible rental in Hawaii — preferably some place with a little character — for 30 days next March. I use a manual wheelchair, and I can walk a few steps. Do you have any suggestions?
A Hawaiin getaway in March sounds lovely. My suggestion would be to head to the Big Island and base yourself at the Volcano Guest House (www.volcanoguesthouse.com). This small property is a good choice for slow walkers, as it has three partially-accessible cottages – Claudia’s Place, Twin 1 and Twin 2.
Claudia’s Place shares a front porch with the main house and features a queen-sized bed in the bedroom and a twin bed in the living area. There is also a small kitchen in the unit. Access features include wide doorways, wooden floors, and good pathway access. The bathroom has a low-step shower with a hand-held showerhead and grab bars in the shower. There are adjustable grab bars (which can be lifted up out of the way for transfers) on both sides of the toilet. A portable shower bench is available upon request.
Twin I and Twin II mirror one another and share a large covered porch. Each unit has a bedroom alcove with a queen-sized bed, a spacious living room with two twin beds, a kitchen area, and a large bathroom. The Twins each have a low-step shower, a hand-held showerhead, grab bars in the shower and around the toilet, and a portable shower bench. Parking is available directly in front of the Twins, but some people will need assistance navigating through the gravel.
As an added bonus, the owner can also help arrange for loaner equipment from the community closet. Plus I’m sure she will be very amenable to a month-long tenant, and you might even be able to work out a deal with her. And you just can’t beat the lush tropical setting of this casual place. It’s a giant step above any cookie cutter condo.