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Disability and Communication Access Board 
State of Hawaii    
March/April 2014  
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~ In This Issue ~
· Meet our new DCAB staff member Nyree!
· Proposed Guidelines for Passenger Vessels
· Upcoming DBTAC and U.S. Access Board Webinars
· Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)
· Quick Links

2014 Public Rights-of-Way &  
Transit-Oriented Design Training

DCAB's upcoming April 16, 2014 Public Rights-of-Way and Transit Oriented Design Training has been approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for 7.5 HSW credits.  This all-day training will be held at the Ala Moana Hotel and will be presented by Melissa Anderson of the U.S. Access Board.  Our luncheon keynote speaker is Harrison Rue of the City and County of Honolulu.    


For more information and to download the registration form go to:





For questions regarding the training, please contact Laurie Palenske or Mona Higa at (808) 586-8121 or via email at or     


Meet our new DCAB staff member Nyree!

DCAB is pleased to introduce Nyree Oshiro as our newest Facility Access Specialist.  As of February, Nyree joined the Facility Access Unit and has already been busy on HRS 103-50 document reviews!  Nyree comes to DCAB after having spent the last 7 years working for private architectural firms in Honolulu where she has worked on commercial and multi-family residential projects.  Welcome Nyree!

   Proposed Guidelines for Passenger Vessels

The U.S. Access Board extended the comment period on their proposed guidelines for passenger vessels to this past January 24, 2014.  DCAB has submitted comments and recommendations to these guidelines which are intended to cover access to ferries, cruise ships, excursion boats, and other passenger vessels under the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

For questions regarding DCAB's comments, please contact Mona Higa, Facility Access Coordinator at (808) 586-8121 or via email at

Upcoming DBTAC and U.S. Access Board Webinars
on Accessibility Guidelines

Learn more about the ADA/ABA Accessibility Guidelines through the U.S. Access Board and DBTAC's continuing series of webinars and audio conferences.  Upcoming sessions include:
  • Open Questions and Answers on March 6, 2014 @ 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Hawaii time)
  • Open Question and Answer Session: ABA Accessibility Standards for Trails, Camping and Picnic Facilities, Viewing Areas, and Beach Access Routes on May 1, 2014 @ 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (Hawaii time) 

Registration is required but general attendance to the webinars is free.  A variety of Continuing Education (CE) Recognitions are available, such as AIA, LAS, and AICP.


Frequently Asked Question (FAQ):
Is there a requirement to provide an accessible electric vehicle charging station?

For projects covered by HRS 103-50, DCAB issued an Interpretive Opinion 2012-01 requiring that where electric vehicle charging stations are provided, 5%, not less than one electric vehicle station shall be accessible.  These accessible charging stations must not displace an accessible parking stall or accompanying access aisle.  These accessible charging stations are not reserved, nor do they require an accessible vehicle parking placard to use them.  The stalls do not have an access aisle, rather they are large enough to provide space for someone to park, disembark from their vehicle and travel along an access route to the charging equipment.  The charging equipment is required to be installed such that their operating mechanisms are at an accessible reach range and there is turning space for someone to approach the equipment and turn around to go back to their vehicle.  The interpretive opinion can be found on DCAB's web site at:
For private projects not covered by HRS 103-50, DCAB's Interpretive Opinion is recommended as best practice.  The Department of Business, Economic Development &  Tourism's Hawaii EV Ready Guidebook for Commercial Electric Vehicle Charging Stations contains similar guidelines for providing an accessible charging station.
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