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    I would like to fly to Oahu, stay at a hotel for a few nights, board a cruise to all the Islands, return to Oahu and stay one night then return to the mainland USA. Is it possible to get solution delivered to the hotel and a cruise ship? Has anyone had any experioence with this type of vacation?

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    Hi pparfitt65, I just read your last post on being able to travel - it's great!

    I'd suggest reaching out to the DaVita Guest Services team directly to ask your questions around this specific trip. You can talk with a travel specialist who will be able to help! They may be reached directly by calling 1-800-400-8331 or emailing guestservices@davita.com.

    Have a great week!

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      I went to Waikiki on Oahu for a week this February. We had a wonderful time. While there, I had three dialysis sessions at a Liberty Dialysis center located at St. Francis Medical Center. The staff was very kind and my dialysis went as smoothly with no surprises or problems. My only surprise was the size of the center: two floors with 75 seats on each floor.

      We planned ahead so that the trip would be relaxing and not rushed. Nine months before our trip, we made reservations for an ADA room with a Hotel in Waikiki. We have learned that planning this far ahead is best due to the popularity of Waikiki as a destination. I also told my social worker about our plans at this time. I was advised to contact Travel Services about 2 months before the trip to reserve dialysis seats. A month before the trip I arranged our air transportation (you can do this at any time. We had waited for the airline tickets to go on sale). After confirming our travel, I called Travel Services again to get information on the dialysis center I would be attending. I was told to call the dialysis center directly on the Saturday before we left to get my dialysis schedule. The centers have seats for visiting patients on the evening shift so expect to do dialysis between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.

      We flew on Hawaiian Airlines. Their customer service is excellent and they did everything in their power to make the flight comfortable. Check their website for instructions when using a wheelchair or portable oxygen concentrator. If the flight has seats available, wheelchair users and their companions will get a complimentary upgrade to extra comfort seating. These seats are larger and have more legroom. They are the closest seats to the entry door in economy seating. I brought my own kidney friendly food. If you ask for a renal diet meal, you are going to get a “what’s that?” response. The diabetic meal is a vegetarian meal with a lot of stuff a renal patient cannot eat.

      While on the island of Oahu, it is very easy to get around walking and by using the excellent public transit system. You can get anywhere on the island for $2.50. All the buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts and dedicated seating. The disabled fare is $1 per ride. I discovered that the drivers will charge wheelchair users the disabled fair without any special ID. I rented a scooter while on the island. The scooter rental was $30/day and included a free beach wheelchair.
      To get to and from dialysis, I used the dial-a-ride service offered by Honolulu County called ‘The Handi-van.’ As a visitor, you can use the Handi-Van for 21 days without any application process. The Handi-van costs $1 for each trip. I did use my ADA number issued by Maricopa County when I called to make reservations for rides to and from the dialysis center. It is best if you make reservations 3 days ahead of your dialysis appointments. The vans operate on island time - the locals call this relaxed scheduling HEA. When you call for reservations, the representative will tell you the HEA time and when to be ready for the Handi-van so that you arrive on time for your appointment.

      Only go to the beach or stay at your hotel on days you have dialysis. It is tempting to try to work in some sightseeing before you go to dialysis. However, you are so exhausted after doing dialysis that the next day becomes a sleep day. It is much easier on your body and your planning to only have one activity each day - even if that activity is dialysis.

      Places we went that are accessible:
      Pearl Harbor
      The Polynesian Cultural Center
      The Dole Plantation
      Waimea Valley (Waterfalls)
      Aloha Stadium Farmers Market
      Makapu’u Lighthouse
      Hanauma Bay
      Hilton’s Sunset Dinner Cruise
      The Starlight Luau
      The Magic of Polynesia

      Resources:
      Davita Travel Services
      https://www.davita.com/services/travel-support800-244-0680
      Travel Checklist for HD patientshttp://www.davita.com/services/trave...ialysis/s/5734
      Honolulu Public Transit
      http://www.thebus.org808-848-4500
      Honolulu County Dial-a-Ride
      http://www.thebus.org/thehandivan/thehandivan.asp 808-456-5555
      Honolulu Estimated Arrival - HEA
      http://www.thebus.org/updates/heabrouch.pdf
      Scooter Rental
      http://www.ugomobility.com855-456-4846 (ask for Patti)
      Airlines that provide service to Honolulu (HNL)
      Hawaiian Airlines http://www.hawaiianairlines.com800-367-5320
      American Airlineshttp://www.aa.com800-433-7300
      United Airlineshttp://www.united.com800-864-8331
      Delta Airlineshttp://www.delta.com888-750-3284
      Alaska Airlineshttps://www.alaskaair.com/800-252-7522

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