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Hawaii Vacations for the Adventurer with a Disability

Say "Aloha" to pristine beaches, sunny weather, laid-back lifestyle, and endless wheelchair accessible attractions! All six of Hawaii's islands offer a slice of paradise for the wheelchair traveler!

Sunshine Helicopter Tours, Kahului

View from a helicopter tour in Hawaii

Get ready to soar! Take a helicopter tour of Maui, Molokai, Big Island Hawaii, or Kauai! See magnificent aerial views of volcanoes, extraordinary rain forests, vibrant valleys, towering cliffs, breathtaking waterfalls, and so many more hidden wonders of Hawaii! This tour provides astonishing views you can't get from ground tours, and you'll cover a lot more area!

Each tour is accessible with a special lift. Please inform Sunshine Helicopter Tours of any special needs prior to your visit!

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island

Hawaiian volcano eruption

Photo © Wolfgang Beyer

The chain of islands that make up Hawaii was created by volcanic activity. Come marvel at Kilauea and Mauna Loa, two of the world's most active volcanoes which are still adding onto the islands of Hawaii!

Start off at the Kilauea Visitor Center and watch a film that introduces the park and volcanology. Stop by the Volcano Art Center and the volcano house, which hosted 19th-century visitors and is now an art gallery. Learn about volcanology at the Jaggar Museum and see equipment, clothing, and gear used by scientists in past research of volcanoes. Look-outs along Crater Rim drive make it possible for wheelchair travelers to see the panoramic views of forests, desert, and a crater that erupted in the past century.

Accessible pathways include Waldron Ledge (Earthquake Trail), Devastation Trail, Pauahi Crater, Muliwai a Pele, and Kealakomo Overlook. The Kilauea Visitor Center, Jaggar Musuem, Volcano Art Center, and Volcano House are accessible.

Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Oahu

Beautiful Bird of Paradise flower

Waimea Valley is a rich source of Hawaiian culture, ecological, biological, and historic Hawaiian traditions. View beautiful and unusual plants grouped by islands, families, genera, and special uses! At the Waimea Valley, keeping the land and living systems whole is the first priority.

You can take a Moon Walk and see rare Hawaiian flowers bloom under the full moon on a guided tour or at your own pace. Collections include Ancanthacea, Erythrina, Hawaiian Hibiscus, Ferns, Bamboo, and so many more entrancing plant life!

Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, Big Island

White Tiger at the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo

The 12-acre zoo happens to be the only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the US! See more than 80 species of animal, including endangered nene (Hawaii's state bird), a white bengal tiger, two-toed sloths, and other exotic animals!

The Panaewa Rainforest Zoo showcases more than just animals the zoo has been described as a botanical garden with over 100 varieties of palm, an extensive collection of orchids, bamboo, and tropical rhododendrons. Get up close and personal with furry friends at the petting zoo, or watch a tiger feeding! Support the zoo and take a souvenir home from the gift shop!

The zoo is wheelchair-friendly!

Pearl Harbor Historic Site (USS Arizona), Honolulu

Pearl Harbor Historical Site, Honolulu, HI

Visit Pearl Harbor the very place 1,177 members of the US military lost their lives on December 7, 1941. More than 1.5 million people visit the USS Arizona Memorial every year. The historic location provides a unique and humbling experience.

During your visit you can expect to see a documentary about the Pearl Harbor attack, hear from a Pearl Harbor survivor or park ranger, explore the museum, and take a look around the bookstore. After touring the grounds, you can board a Navy shuttle boat that will bring you to the actual memorial.

The memorial was built on top of the sunken USS Arizona battleship and it consists of an entry room, assembly room, and a shrine room, which contains a marble wall inscribed with the names of the souls who lost their lives aboard the ship.

The historic site is so popular, it's advised to arrive early. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center's restrooms, movie theater, exhibit galleries, bookstore, information desk, drinking fountains, Navy shuttle boats, and USS Arizona Memorial are all wheelchair accessible.

Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Waimea

Amazing waterfall in Hawaii

It's no surprise that Mark Twain referred to Waimea Canyon as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." The canyon was created by volcanic flows and is one mile wide, ten miles long, and 3,600 ft. in depth. There are many observation points that provide magnificent views of the canyon and all of the points are wheelchair accessible. Head down Waimea Canyon Drive in your mobility van and you'll reach the main canyon overlook, eventually finding your way to Kokee State Park.

Luau Kalamaku, Kauai

Fire-dancer at a luau

Looking for an awesome luau? Luau Kalamaku will take you on a journey through Hawaii's history with storytelling, hula dancing, games, torch lighting, musicians and many other Hawaiian treasures. Feast on delicious Hawaiian cuisine while enjoying live entertainment! What could be better than watching the sun set while surrounded by colorful performances? Arrive early and explore shops of the Kilohana plantation or take a peek at local arts-and-crafts demonstrations!

The best part is the luau is wheelchair accessible!

Beaches

Families having fun on a Hawaii beach

There are plenty of beaches to choose from in Hawaii and many have great wheelchair accessibility! Don't miss the natural beauty of Hawaii's beaches! All-terrain wheelchairs are available at Ala Moana Beach, Hanauma Beach, Kailua Beach, Kualoa Beach, Pokai Beach, and Sans Souci Beach! Some of the beaches require you to call ahead in order to reserve a beach wheelchair! All the information regarding accessibility for each beach can be found here.

Polynesian Adventure Tours, Honolulu

Scuba diving with jellyfish

The Polynesian Adventure Tours were developed back in 1977 and have had lots of time to perfect their Hawaiian tours. ADA-compliant vehicles will take you to some of the hottest spots! Tour types include Pearl Harbor, Hawaiian Luau (Luau Kalamaku mentioned above), Fly Away Tours, Road to Hana (a two to four hour drive passing rainforest, flowing waterfalls, and dramatic seascapes), Honolulu City Tours, Waikiki tours, and more! Pick tours by island or by activities!

Be sure to inform the reservations department that you are using a wheelchair so they can make appropriate accommodations!

Body Glove Excursions, Kailua-Kona

Humpback Whale Tour

Go on a whale-watching excursion offered between December and April! This is when more than 8,000 Humpback whales travel to Hawaii to breed and nurse their young! Marine life naturalists will fill you with facts about these giants as you watch them play and take care of their young! (Sightings are guaranteed or you can go again free!) The Historical Dinner Cruise takes you back in time with a three-hour tour of Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook's monument! A local historian will point out historical sites, and on the way back you'll enjoy a beautiful sunset, live entertainment, and a complimentary cocktail! Other tours include: snorkel and dive adventure, historical lunch cruise, luau combo package, 4th of July fireworks cruise, and other fun adventures!

Body Glove Cruises are wheelchair accessible with customized boarding ramps, portable extensions that accommodate scooters, manual, and electric wheelchairs. The lower deck of the 65' ship is fully accessible. When booking your tour, it is important you inform Body Glove of special needs.

No matter what time of year it is Hawaii is always sunny! Leave your worries and coats at home and get ready to make new memories at the wheelchair-friendly destinations in Hawaii! Aloha!

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2015 Used 2015 Ram ProMaster 1500 136 WB Wheelchair Van

USED Ram ProMaster 1500 136 WB
USED Tempest X Conversion

$65,499 $66,999


  • Stock #: 520753X
  • Mileage: 11,877 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Lift Pwr
  • Features: N/A
2017 Used 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

USED Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$39,495 $39,995


  • Stock #: 558063
  • Mileage: 22,698 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Driver Pwr. Seat Base
2015 Used 2015 Ford Transit Wagon 350 XLT 15 Wheelchair Van

USED Ford Transit Wagon 350 XLT 15
NEW AMS Ford Rear/Side Conversion

$41,495 $41,995


  • Stock #: A58762
  • Mileage: 43,601 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side or Rear Entry Lift
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Parking Sensors, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, ADA Compliant

Vehicle Exterior


Exterior Appearance Inspection

  • Panel alignment/fit
  • Headlamp, taillamp/lens condition
  • Windshield/glass condition
  • Paint chips and scratches
  • Body damage/dents/dings
  • Trim and moldings

Vehicle Identification

  • In place and matching
  • Inspect certification label (federal requirement)
  • Check VIN label to paperwork
  • Check for non-completed recalls

Exterior Lights Function Properly and Illuminate as Designed

  • Headlights hi/low (including aim)
  • Parking lights/fog lights
  • License plate lights
  • Side marker lights
  • Tail lights / backup lights
  • Turn signal and cornering lights
  • Brake and high-mount stoplights
  • Emergency Flashers

Keys

  • Vehicle has 2 master key with remote entry (if applicable) and 2 valet key, flat key
  • Programmed to immobilizer

Door Lock System

  • Door opens/closes smoothly using interior and exterior door handles
  • Doors cannot be opened when lock button is in lock position
  • 2-turn unlock feature functions properly
  • Remote entry system operates properly
  • Theft-deterrent system functions properly
  • Child safety locks
  • Wireless door lock operation

Vehicle Interior


Interior Appearance Inspection

  • Seats: front/rear
  • Steering wheel/airbags
  • Armrests/door handles
  • Lower door and sill plates
  • Gearshift selection handle
  • Radio/AC control markings
  • Headliners/sun visors

Seat Belts

  • Extend/retract smoothly
  • Free of twists, cuts or signs of wear
  • Buckles lock securely

Seat Operation

  • Lumbar support operation
  • Memory control operates properly*
  • Headrest functions properly
  • Heaters function properly*
  • Seat cushion angle and height adjustment
  • Seatback angle adjustment

Power Windows / Locks

  • Function Properly

Trunk/Fuel Lid Release

  • Functions Properly (interior)

Glove Compartment

  • Contains portfolio, owner's manual, supplement

Steering Wheel

  • Tilt/telescopic functionability
  • Horn functions properly
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Steering wheel locks
  • Warning chime (key in -- door open)

Windshield Wiper

  • Functions in hi/low/intermittent
  • Wiper blades clean properly
  • Rain sensing wipers*

Dashboard Lights Illuminate as Designed

  • Turn signal: left/right
  • High beam indicator
  • Emergency flashers
  • Instrument panel control knob
  • Waring lights: oil pressure, brake, fuel, charge, seatbelt, open door, engine check, rear light failure, ABS, SRS
  • Check operation of guages

Rear Defogger

  • Functions properly

Air Conditioner / Heater

  • Climate control system functions properly for both heating and cooling

Interior Lights

  • Dome/map/vanity mirror/courtesy lamps/foot function properly

Audio/Navigation System

  • Power/volume switch functions properly
  • Preset station indicator
  • Cassette/CD function (scan, seek, rewind, fast forward) operates properly
  • Navigation system operates properly*
  • Speakers sound clear
  • CD cartridge (if applicable)

Sunroof

  • Tilt/slide operates properly

Clock/Cigarette Lighters/Ashtray/Cupholders

  • Function properly

Outside/Inside Rearview Mirrors

  • Power controls function properly

Luggage Compartment


Luggage Compartment

  • Spare tire size, sidewall condition, tread depth and air pressure
  • Spare tire and attaching hardware, cover, jack, jack tools and wheel lock (if applicable) are present, properly installed and secure
  • Manual fuel lid release operates

Under The Hood


Engine Hood Release

  • Interior release operates properly

The Following Fluid Levels Meet Industry Standard

  • Engine oil replaced and proper level
  • Automatic transmission fluid level
  • Brake fluid level
  • Power steering fluid level
  • Engine coolant fluid level
  • Washer fluid level

Engine Mechanical

  • Excessive fuel pump noise
  • Cooling system (radiator, overflow tank, hoses, coolant level)
  • Water pump (noise/leaks)
  • Air filter (replace as necessary)
  • Inspect oil for contaminants
  • Engine noise (knocks, rattles)
  • Transmission noise (whines, clunks)
  • Belts (wear or damage)
  • Check engine diagnostics

Battery

  • No damage or leakage and proper group size/amp rating
  • Tests to standards

Engine Fans

  • Function properly

Under the Vehicle

Tires (Minimum tread depth 5/32")

  • FL: _______/32"
  • RL: _______/32"
  • FR: _______/32"
  • RR: _______/32"
  • Sidewall condition
  • Proper size, type and match
  • Tire pressure

Wheels

  • Condition/size/fit
  • Check wheel lug-nut torque

Brake Inspection (Minimum 6mm of pad material required)

  • FL: _______mm
  • RL: _______mm
  • FR: _______mm
  • RR: _______mm
  • Rotors show no signs of excessive wear, warpage or heat damage
  • Calipers, lines, and hoses show no sign of excessive wear or leakage
  • Parking brake assemblies, cables, and attaching hardware show no sign of excessive wear or damage

Chassis Inspection (No sign of damage or excessive wear)

  • Frame rails and floor pan
  • Subframe
  • Engine mounts and oil pan for leaks
  • Brake lines and couplings
  • Transmission case/pan for leaks
  • Drive shaft boots and CV joints
  • Fuel lines, fuel tank, hoses and protectors
  • Steering rack, linkage, bushings, control arms and dust boots
  • Differential assembly, drive shaft and related components
  • Exhaust system (including leakage)
  • Transmission mounts
  • Tie rods, ball joints, idler arm
  • Catalytic converter
  • Struts/shocks for operation/leaks

Under Vehicle Fluid Levels

  • Differential lubricant level -- check for contaminants

Road Test (Vehicle Operation)


Engine

  • Start-up
  • Idles normally
  • While driving, engine performs normally
  • Starter system operates normally
  • Shift Lock

Brakes

  • Brake and parking brake function normally
  • Brake and clutch pedal height, free play and travel meet specs.

Indicator Lights

  • No warning lights illuminate during road test

Transmission

  • T/M shifts properly (both power/normal mode)
  • TRAC/VSC and ECT control functions and indicator lights function properly

Steering/Suspension

  • Steering operation is normal
  • Off-center psecifications meet standards
  • Handling, straight-line operations

Cruise Control

  • Functions properly

Noise or Vibration

  • None present

Squeaks or Rattles

  • None present

* -- If Applicable

Service Guarantee

AMS Vans promises to deliver the best wheelchair accessible van available on the market today..... simply put if you are not fully satisfied with your wheelchair accessible van upon delivery---you can refuse it at no cost to you.

With nearly two decades of experience; manufacturing, selling, and delivering over 12,000 vans nationwide, our dedicated team of certified technicians will not allow your van to leave our Atlanta facility until its right!

Please contact one of our experienced Mobility Specialists today and ask about our three step quality control process.

AMS Vans looks forward to serving your family by providing you with a van that is worthy of our own.

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