Post # 1
Would you say it is relatively wheelchair accessible? Haha. Random, I know. But my Fiance (omg….he’s not my Fiance anymore….!!)…excuse me, my HUSBAND and I () are looking for places to go for a honeymoon this coming winter and so far have it narrowed down to San Francisco or Hawaii lol. He is in a wheelchair, however, so we have to take accessibility into account when making trip plans. I figure SF would be more accessible as its not so tropical and is more of a big city but any tips would be perfect.
Post # 3
I live in Hawaii, in Honolulu and it is generally wheelchair accessible. I’m biased but I vote Hawaii!
Post # 4
I vote Hawaii.
SF is very pretty but the climate is very similar to ours here in Vancouver, cool and wet only lots more fog.
Post # 5
Ooh Hawaii was fairly wheelchair accessible. My Fiance and I went to Maui over last winter break, and it was fairly wheelchair accessible.
The only issue would be that there are a lot of things you may not be able to do that you would want to in Hawaii, since it usually has activities like snorkeling, hiking, etc. so SF might actually end up being better overall.
Post # 6
I live near SF and with those hills… I wouldn’t recommend it! I’ve also been to Maui and Oahu, and from what I can remember it’s very wheelchair accessible.
Post # 7
I live in Hawaii, Honolulu to be exact and I would vote for Hawaii too! Not just because I live here, but really SF with all it’s hills and narrow sidewalks, I don’t think it would be very wheelchair friendly at all. I have a friend who’s husband is in a wheelchair and they live here, he moved here from the east coast about 5 years ago and he hasn’t said anything about Hawaii being any less accessible then anywhere else that he has lived. As for activities, I think that if you do your research and contact vendors ahead of time for activities that you and your husband want to do, like beach activities or whatnot they will be more then willing to help accommodate you folks. (It’s the Aloha Spirit and it really does exist!) Or call your hotel front desk or activities desk (once you have a hotel booked) and ask them for suggestions and who to research for wheelchair friendly companies to go through.
Post # 8
I live in the North Bay and wouldn’t consider SF “wheelchair” friendly. While some areas like Pier 39 are easya to access a majority of the places that come to mind are accessible “techincally” with a steep incline.
Also, the weather in the winter isn’t what I would call pleasant. The best weather for SF is typically in the Fall and Summer (sometimes if you are lucky Spring).
I only went to Oahu once in May 2000 and I don’t remember much but it would seem like a wheel chair friendly area considering the landscape is fairly flat (other bees correct me if I am wrong).
Post # 9
I live in Hawaii as well and my teenage nephew with TBI, CP, and MR in a wheelchair recently came to visit. We easily navigated the streets, newer hotels, and restaurants in Waikiki. The streets/sidewalks aren’t so crowded with people and traffic like SF are. Be aware that many of the hotels in Waikiki were built prior to ADA standards being required in new buildings. Be SURE to book into a hotel that is clearly accessible and can guarantee you an accessible room. We stayed at the TRUMP which was drop dead gorgeous, amazingly accommodating and willing to go the extra mile to do anything we needed, including shopping for special medical supplies for them that couldn’t be brought over. If you book on jetluxuryresorts I believe you get the cheapest rate available.
We also went to Maui and rented a one level house on Kaanapali beach. Kaanapali (north of Lahaina and a little nicer) was awesome because it has a very wide new woodern beachwalk completely accessible. We walked this many mornings and could swim and snorkel right off the beach.
Regarding activities, we did plenty!! On Maui we all went on the Four Winds II trip to Molokini…they have the boogie board type boards you can lay on that have the glass hole so you can snorkel on top of them and see below. My nephew did this. We all went to the Feast at Lele’s luau no problem. All the hotels in Kaanapali were close to beach and had paths all over the place that didn’t require stairs. There is also a nice guy named Ron Bass on Maui who does over a decade worth of adaptive sea kayaking experience. Google for his phone number. We didn’t have time to do this but wanted to. Pearl Harbor and its boat trip are completely accessible. And the sunset ride to Haleakala.
The absolute highlight was the Access Surf program we did on Oahu. My nephew, who has no use of legs or arms was on the board with an instructor riding the waves! The program is run on the the first weekend every month and I believe is free. Many of the pros and legends are volunteers. Their website is accesssurf.org. It was the most incredible family experience, especially since they got the rest of us up too and we all experienced it together.
What I loved about our experience here is that almost anything you want to do, out here they will MAKE it work if at all possible and aren’t obsessive about perceived safety and ‘liability’. Only YOU know what your abilities are…let me know if you need anything else =)