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Access in paradise

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series 2007 Kauai

I’m planning a Christmas trip to Hawaii. It is, of course, very late to be planning a Christmas trip to Hawaii. Here’s one set of email exchanges: Date: Fri, June 15, 2007 5:48 PM From: “Katja Stokley” To: “Serene” Subject:…
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Kauai – the condo

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series 2007 Kauai

Mele Kalikimaka from Kauai! We are spending two weeks on Garden Island. We’re staying in a condo at Kuhio Shores, overlooking the beach. I conducted a fairly extensive email communication with the owner over several months prior to our trip….
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Kauai – Poipu Beach Park

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series 2007 Kauai

Beach number one with wheelchair accessibility: Poipu Beach Park has a Landeeze all-terrain wheelchair. Park across the street – there are two permit spots. There’s a paved walk up to the beach (but not to the lifeguard station). There are…
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Kauai – Koloa

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series 2007 Kauai

Koloa, just north of Poipu, is pretty much just a couple of blocks of shops. There’s a grocery store, a bank, a post office, and a good pharmacy (not drug store) in addition to more boutique-y/tourist places. Wheelchair access is…
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Kauai – Waimea Canyon

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series 2007 Kauai

The drive up Waimea Canyon is fantastic, and there are numerous wheelchair accessible lookouts. The first lookout, Waimea Canyon Lookout, has a ramped path to a lower lookout. There’s a higher spot that is accessible via a very steep path…
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Kauai – Salt Pond Beach Park

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series 2007 Kauai

Beach number two with wheelchair accessibility – Salt Pond Beach Park is near Hanapepe, and also has a Landeeze beach wheelchair. The lifeguards here are less familiar with the chair and had to dig it out from under a bunch…
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Kauai – Kauai Coffee Company

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series 2007 Kauai

The Kauai Coffee Company, down at the end of Route 540 near Ele’ele, has a nice little visitor center/gift shop, tiny museum and all varieties of coffee available to taste. They’ve set up a short self-guided orchard tour that is…
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Kauai – East Coast Bike Path

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series 2007 Kauai

This is a find! Starting at the north end of Kapa’a, park at the end of Moanakai Road (Waipouli Beach Park). A 10 foot wide, 2.5 mile long paved trail begins here and ends at Kealia Beach. It’s slightly uphill…
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Kauai – National Car Rental

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series 2007 Kauai

We rented from National, a full-size sedan with hand controls. I’m guessing they installed the controls specifically for this rental (Hertz keeps a certain number of cars permanently equipped with hand controls). The controls were pretty much fine, except that…
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