As Hawaii’s middle-aged and older population increases, members of the community are taking a more proactive approach to ensure a longer and safer future.

To help seniors live independently within their own homes, Island Bath Works offers bathtub conversions, an innovative service that cuts out a portion of the bathtub side to create a low and safe entryway. Walk-in tubs enable safe entry and exit in and out of the tub — without major demolition or construction hassles.

As the only business in the islands to offer bathtub conversions, Island Bath Works has become particularly well-known within the older communities as residents prepare for old age. Thomas Watanabe, who lives in Pearl City and cares for his aging mother, recently took preventative measures against a potential accident and created a walk-through bathtub with the company.


“I had noticed that my mother was having increasing difficulty getting access into our cast-iron soaking tub, and realized that something needed to be done before an accident occurs” said Watanabe.

To remedy his concern, Watanabe called Eric Thompson, CEO of Island Bath Works, to schedule a bathtub conversion.

“The finished product and workmanship was impressive, and functionally (was) just what we needed,” said Watanabe. “It’s such a relief to not have to worry about Mom’s safety in the tub. I just wish we did this earlier.”

Bathtub conversions can be easy to install and inexpensive. Island Bath Works aims to complete each job as efficiently as possible with minimal interference to the homeowners’ personal lives. Because the project consists of converting the existing bathtub, major reconstruction or demolition of the bathroom is not necessary. The entire process typically requires only one day to complete, and customers may start using their new showers the next day.


Residents have the freedom to choose where to place the bathtub entryway for any desired size up to 3 feet. The conversion can also be done on any type of bathtub, whether it is made from fiberglass, cast iron or steel.

Those who may be wary of moving forward with bathtub conversions due to price concerns can take comfort in knowing that the process is substantially more inexpensive than most alternative options.

“I had several quotes for going the traditional route of removing my bathtub and having a shower built in its place” said Watanabe. “I chose Island Bath Works because their tub conversion offered a cost-savings value and quick turnaround time that nobody else could offer.”

“While most other companies will quote you anywhere between $12,000 and $15,000 to install a walk-in shower or sit-in bathtub, our services achieve the same result with a high-quality finish for approximately 80 percent less,” added Thompson.


Furthermore, the durability of walk-in conversions are guaranteed with a 10-year warranty. A five-year warranty is included with tub refinishing.

During the coronavirus crisis, Island Bath Works remains committed to Hawaii’s seniors. To ensure everyone’s health and safety, we operate using professional particulate or vapor respirators, and offer enhanced sanitizing after work is completed.

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