Bigger, newer hotels and resorts in Hawaii have elevators, TDD-capable phones and wheelchair-accessible rooms (reserve these well in advance).
Telephone companies provide relay operators (dial 711) for hearing impaired.
Many banks provide ATM instructions in braille.
Traffic intersections have dropped curbs and audible crossing signals in cities and some towns, as well as all along Waikiki’s beachfront.
Honolulu’s Department of Parks and Recreation provides all-terrain beach mats and wheelchairs for free (call ahead to make arrangements) at several beaches, including Ala Moana, Hanauma Bay, Sans Souci, Kailua, Kualoa and Pokaʻi Bay.
Guide dogs and service animals are not subject to the same quarantine requirements as pets; contact the Department of Agriculture’s Animal Quarantine Station before arrival.
All public buses on Oʻahu are wheelchair accessible and will ‘kneel’ if you’re unable to use the steps – just let the driver know that you need the lift or ramp.
If you have a disability parking placard from home, bring it with you and hang it from your rental car’s rearview mirror when using designated disabled-parking spaces.
Some major car-rental agencies offer hand-controlled vehicles and vans with wheelchair lifts. You’ll need to reserve these well in advance.
Travelsmart Hawaii (www.travelsmarthawaii.com) has a good website for special-needs travelers to Hawaii.
Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guide from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.