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Local Guide to Recreation

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  1. Local Guide to Recreation

Note: For more information regarding Recreation, read the Guide to Recreation

Outdoor Activities


The Contemporary Museum-Honolulu
The Contemporary Museum is the only museum in Hawai`i that offers an exclusive collection of contemporary art. There are many educational, membership, and family programs.

VSA Arts - Hawai`i Site
VSA Arts - Hawai`i Pacific is an organization that is dedicated to promoting opportunities in the arts for individuals with disabilities. On their site you will find educational and professional opportunities in the arts. There are also calls for entry into art events.

The Bishop Museum
The Bishop Museum is known for having the largest collection of Hawai`ian artifacts, documents, and photographs related to the culture and history of Hawai`i and the Pacific Islands. There is a planetarium and a full schedule of educational programs.

Diamond Head Theatre
Diamond Head Theatre is known as Hawai`i's oldest performing arts theatre. The theatre schedules a series of plays throughout the year and offers acting workshops, voice and dance classes.

Hawai`i Consortium for the Arts
The Hawai`i Consortium for the Arts is a non-profit service and advocacy organization for the arts. It provides leadership for arts advocacy in Hawai`i and strives to enrich the life of the community through the arts. Visit the Consortium's website for more information about upcoming events and technical workshops for artists and organizations.

Hawai`i Opera Theatre
The Hawai`i Opera Theatre brings professional opera to Hawai`i through a series of culturally diverse productions. The Theatre offers educational programs and outreach events to promote the belief that "Opera is for Everyone."

Hawai`i Theatre Center
The historic Hawai`i Theatre Center is located in downtown Honolulu. This beautiful performance center is listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places and is a venue for many cultural and educational events.

Honolulu Academy of Arts
The Honolulu Academy of Arts houses one of the largest Pacific/Asian collections in the United States. The Academy offers studio art classes, gallery tours, programs for schools, family activities and a film and performance series.

Honolulu Symphony
Founded in 1900, the Honolulu Symphony is the oldest American orchestra in the west. The Symphony is a major cultural and entertainment resource for the local community and offers many educational opportunities for students.

Honolulu Theater for Youth
The Honolulu Theater for Youth is Hawai`i's only non-profit professional theatre. Their website provides information about the educational opportunities and resources offered for students and their families.

Kahilu Theatre
The Kahilu Theatre is a performing arts center located in Kamuela on the Island of Hawai`i. The theatre offers a full schedule of movies and plays as well as cultural and educational programs.

University of Hawai`i at Manoa Art Gallery
The University of Hawai`i at Manoa Art Gallery is located within the heart of the art building on the University's campus. Professional and student exhibits rotate continually throughout the year.

Art in Public Places Program
The Art in Public Places Programs seeks to strengthen the Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through programs in the performing and visual arts. The website contains information on their programs and activities.

Hawai`i Alliance for Arts Education
The Hawai`i Alliance for Arts Education works with schools and community programs to enhance arts education in Hawai`i. On this site you will find a listing of programs and resources in the arts.

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Outdoor Activities

The City and County Department of Parks and Recreation in Hawai`i supports the "LIFE" concept of "Leisure Is For Everyone". It believes in a community where everyone, disabled or not, is able to enjoy recreational activities. To increase accessibility for individuals with disabilities, the Department of Parks and Recreation provides free assistive devices and accommodations (within reason). Listed below you will find links to services and recreational activities that are available in Hawai`i.

Honolulu Parks and Recreation-Therapeutic Recreation Unit
The Department of Parks and Recreation provides information on recreational opportunities and accommodations offered by the Department.

Hawai`i State Recreation Page
This is a link of the State of Hawaii website to its programs, special events, and activities in parks.

Big Island (Hawai`i) Parks and Recreation Page
This page outlines recreational opportunities on the Big Island of Hawai`i.

Honolulu Parks and Recreation Page
This site will connect you to information on recreational facilities and parks in Honolulu.


Accessible Beaches in Hawai`i
This site contains information on free beach wheelchairs for people with disabilities. A list of accessible beaches is also provided.

Beach Wheelchair Rentals

There are some beaches in Hawai`i where beach wheelchairs are not available. When this is the case, you can rent a beach wheelchair for a small fee. The following inks are Hawai`i-based companies that sell and rent rehabilitative equipment and wheelchairs:

Gammie Home Care
Gammie Home Care is a provider of home medical equipment and respiratory care equipment that also rents beach wheelchairs. They are located on the island of Maui.

CR Newton
Located in Honolulu, Hawai`i since 1941, CR Newton sells and rents rehabilitative equipment and wheelchairs.

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Special Olympics Hawaii
Special Olympics Hawaii provides athletic training and Olympic-type competition for all persons in Hawaii with cognitive disabilities.

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Arriving In Hawai`i
The Disability Community Access Board for Hawai`i has an article that details accessibility information for those recently arriving in Hawai`i.

Travel Agencies

There are many people and agencies that specialize in disability accommodations. They can assist you with your travel needs throughout the U.S. If you are traveling alone and need assistance, there are agencies that will match you with a travel care companion. Below are links to companies that provide these services.

Access Aloha Travel
Access Aloha Travel is a full service travel agency. It specializes in personal, business and convention travel for people with disabilities and provides information on accessible transportation, hotels, cruises and tours.

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Last Updated on 7/6/2012

Tuesday, July 23, 2024