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Hawaii’s Wheelchair Accessible Destinations and Resources

Hawaii is not only known for its breathtaking natural beauty — it’s also has an amazing list of wheelchair accessible destinations you’ll never forget.

All six of Hawaii’s islands are home to an abundance of natural treasures hidden within the flora and fauna. As you prepare to explore Hawaii’s wheelchair accessible destinations, keep in mind that this magnificent environment is made for everyone. Whether it’s action and adventure that you’re looking for — or stress-free relaxation — Hawaii has got you covered.

Outdoor Wheelchair Accessible Destinations

Hawaii’s outdoor wheelchair destinations are known the world-over as some of the most beautiful to be found. What’s even more remarkable is that Hawaii outdoor wheelchair accessible destinations can get you deep into the thick of a rain forest and dangerously close to an active volcano — all you have to be is brave enough to follow.

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.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island. 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.The Kilauea Visitor Center, Jaggar Museum, Volcano Art Center, and Volcano House are accessible.

Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, Big Island. The 12-acre zoo happens to be the only natural tropical rain forest 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 Rain forest 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. The zoo is wheelchair-friendly.

Indoor Wheelchair Accessible Destinations

For those vacationers and visitors that get a little too much sun during the first few days, Hawaii indoor wheelchair accessible destinations are certified Hawaiian — from somber re look at the experience that was Pearl Harbor to a heart-stopping view of the island from several hundred feet in the air.

Pearl Harbor Historic Site (USS Arizona), Honolulu. 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 historic site is so popular, it's advised to arrive early. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and USS Arizona Memorial are both wheelchair 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.

Sunshine Helicopter Tours, Kahului. 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 Wheelchair Accessible Resources

Because Hawaii is such a popular tourist and travel destination, there are pages full of wheelchair accessible resources to get you started on your trip. Just remember to make sure you are checking out the accessibility resources for the island you are visiting in order to save yourself some time and trouble.

Rolling Around the Big Island of Hawaii: A Wheelchair Users Travel Guide. Published by disabled world traveler Cory Lee and found at https://www.curbfreewithcorylee.com/2015/03/16/hawaii-wheelchair-accessible-vacations/, this is a first person account of accessibility resources in Hawaii.

Maui, Hawaii: Wheelchair Accessible Guide to Paradise. Published by wheelchair traveling.com and found at http://wheelchairtraveling.com/maui-hi-wheelchair-accessible-guide-to-paradise/, this list covers island attractions of every variety.

Best Wheelchair Accessible Activities on Maui. Published by Hawaii Web Group and found at https://www.mauigoodness.com/2015/01/02/best-wheelchair-accessible-activities-on-maui/, this post covers how to get around, where to stay, and what to do.

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2020 Handicap Van for Sale - 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Wheelchair Accessible Van VIN: 2C4RC1BG8LR106902

Chrysler Pacifica Touring L
AMS Vans Legend II P Conversion

$50,499 $50,999

  • Stock #: 20030179
  • Mileage: 19,673 Miles
  • Color: White
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, Leather, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Parking Sensors, Heated Seats, Remote Start, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, Kneeling, Lowered Floor
2019 Handicap Van for Sale - 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Wheelchair Accessible Van VIN: 2C4RC1BG5KR612993

Chrysler Pacifica Touring L
VMI Northstar Conversion

$49,499 $51,499

  • Stock #: 20070004
  • Mileage: 27,984 Miles
  • Color: White
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry In-Floor Pwr
  • Location: Call For Details
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, Leather, Parking Sensors, Heated Seats, Remote Start, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, Kneeling, Lowered Floor
2020 Commercial Wheelchair Vans for Sale - 2020 Freightliner Sprinter 2500 ADA Compliant Vehicle VIN: W2Z4EFHY1LT028127

Freightliner Sprinter 2500
AMS Sprinter Rear or Side Conversion

$57,499 $58,499

  • Stock #: 20080143
  • Mileage: 10 Miles
  • Color: White
  • Ramp/Lift: Side or Rear Entry Lift
  • Location: Call For Details
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, ADA Compliant

Wheelchair van exterior and interior quality inspection

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


  • 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)


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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)


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


  • 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


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


  • 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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