Here in Hawaii, we love our kapuna (elders)! So it should be no surprise that Hawaii is the perfect place for seniors to vacation and relax. But, there are a few things to keep in mind if you’re bringing aging parents or anyone over the age of 65 or so to Hawaii.
To help you out, here are our 5 tips for traveling to Hawaii with a senior:
1. Take pre-vacation precautions: If the senior with which you’re traveling has experienced any health issues in the past year, make an appointment with the doctor for a check-up, just in case. Traveling to Hawaii means spending several hours on an airplane, and it can be exhausting, even for those of us a bit younger! Make sure to build up your immune system prior to a trip to a locality that’s different from what you’re used to by taking enough vitamins, eating properly, and regularly exercising. And, ake sure you advise your traveling senior to get travel insurance and make sure his health insurance is up-to-date.
2. Bring Your Senior Card or I.D.: According to Waimea.com, one way that the government helps out senior citizens is by mandating establishments to offer discounts to senior citizens. However, these benefits can only be availed upon presentation of valid documentation such as state-issued identification cards and senior identification cards. Registration with the local Senior Citizens’ Bureau is also recommended so senior travelers can have someone to account for them in the event that valid documents get lost or misplaced.
3. Consider Honolulu or Another “Big” City: One of the most charming things about Hawaii is our rural landscapes, which are often found on the neighbor islands. And you can’t beat the peace and tranquility you’ll find there. But, guess what you WON’T find in rural neighbor island areas? Hospitals, doctors, and Emergency Rooms. So, if you’re traveling to Hawaii with a senior, consider vacationing in more populated areas, such as Honolulu, Kahului, Kona, or Hilo. Each of these areas has at least a medical center, where you can find treatment should an emergency arise.
4. Choose Your Activities Wisely: Some very active seniors might be thrilled to experience paragliding, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, parasailing, or surfing. But, the majority of seniors over 65 will probably prefer a calmer, more relaxed vacation. Here are some activities to consider, if you’re traveling to Hawaii with a senior:
5. Utilize Available Senior Services: If the senior with whom your traveling has any special needs, such as a wheelchair, nursing assistance, or day-care, you can find these services and more right here in Hawaii. Go to the City and County Elderly Affairs Division if you’ll be in Honolulu to learn more about what’s available for seniors in Honolulu. Don’t let special needs keep your senior companion from enjoying Hawaii!
If you plan on traveling to Hawaii with a senior, it’s important to tailor your vacation to his needs, so you can both get the most out of your time in the islands. So, consider these tips and enjoy your time with your kupuna!