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Maui, Hawaii: Wheelchair Accessible Guide to Paradise!

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Maui is THE place where it is 100% acceptable to wear those loud Hawaiian-printed shirts, flip-flops, gulp down Lava Flows, and live in your swimming trunks 24/7. It also boasts some of the best seafood, snorkeling, and weather in the world. It’s super laid-back, yet the perfect balance between complete relaxation and having the essence of Hawaii at your fingertips. To date, I have visited this tropical oasis over 7 times and each time the island offers up its own unique experience. As a wheelchair user (both manual and power), I can wholeheartedly say that the Hawaiian Islands can...

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Accessibility Guide

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The locals refer to the Volcanoes that makeup Hawaii National Park as the ‘Āina a ke akua I noho ai (land where the goddess dwells) that encompasses 333,000 acres from sea level to 13,679 feet at the summit of Mauna Loa. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park contains the world’s largest and it’s most active volcanoes, this is some of the youngest inhabited land on earth, growing larger with each passing day and home to Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire. It is said that Pele controls the limitless power of creation with her molten strength and unearthly beauty and first glances...

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Hanauma Bay Beach Park, Hawaii Accessibility

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Hanauma Bay itself is a dormant cone volcano crater that long ago, a portion of which the outer edge collapsed and fell into the ocean, thus forming today, what we know as Hanauma Bay, with a beautiful crescent beach on it’s shore side. Today it is one of the star natural attractions of Hawaii as it offers a beautiful protected semi-lunar shaped beach, for which it was named. (Hanauma means ‘Curved Bay’ in Hawaiian.) As it forms an arched beach of over 1,800 feet long of a soft white coral sand beach, which is a place millions of people...

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AccessSurf Hawaii

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AccessSurf is a non-profit organization in Hawaii that offers therapeutic adaptive aquatic instruction to individuals, families and wounded military personnel. The goal is to empower people with disabilities and enrich their quality of life by providing barrier-free and safe access to the ocean and...

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Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Maui. Hawaii

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This is a beautiful, modern resort with a veritable zoo inside displaying penguins, flamingos, parrots and more.  The atrium is large and expansive and made me feel quite disabled. I had hoped that by staying at the host hotel, I would have an easier time getting to and from conferences.  That was sadly not the case.  Perhaps I should have insisted on a room in the tower closer to the conference center.  My room was about 0.4 mile from the conference room.  I had not reserved a power scooter for this trip, hoping I could get around on my...

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