Each year in Hawaii, countless members of the elderly community suffer serious injuries after experiencing mobility-related accidents within the home. Among the leading causes of such accidents are bathtubs with sides built too high for the resident to safely step over. To alleviative the risk and emotional toll involved, Island Bath Works invites residents to invest in a bathtub conversion, allowing for safer movement at home.

Bathtub conversions — a process that removes a portion of one’s existing bathtub to create a seamless opening — has greatly improved the quality of independent living for the elderly. As the only company in Hawaii dedicated to bathtub conversions, Island Bath Works ensures every customer a custom-made, non-invasive process from beginning to end. The company services all islands.


Since the company’s launch, Island Bath Works has garnered much support from satisfied customers within the local community. After experiencing a series of nearly serious accidents, Carol Sakai and her husband Ron immediately called Island Bath Works owner Eric Thompson for assistance.


“Our bathtub was too high and not having grab bars made it easy to slip,” said Carol. “After receiving a quote from several places, it was clear that Island Bath Works would provide the highest quality work within a reasonable budget and time frame.”

Instead of reconstructing the entire bathtub from the ground up, bathtub conversions require little to no demolition, and there is minimal interference to the resident’s normal routine.

Most jobs take one day to complete.

“The whole process was so easy because the workmanship was extremely thorough and neat,” added Carol. “My husband and I enjoyed working with Eric very much.”



Oftentimes, cost is the determining factor when deciding whether or not to remodel any part of the home. Because a bathtub conversion simply modifies the existing bathtub, Island Bath Works is extremely efficient and able to charge considerably less than most companies on the market.

“Through our personal research, it was much easier financially to do bathtub conversion with Island Bath Works,” Carol said. “Other companies wanted to take apart the entire bathtub and pipes, which would have cost more than double and taken much longer.”

In addition to bathtub conversions, Island Bath Works also provides bathtub refinishing. Old and worn tubs will get a second chance at life and look brand new with a new finish applied.

The bathtub conversion process can be done on any type of bathtub material such as fiberglass, cast iron or steel. Homeowners may choose any side to create a bathtub opening up to 3 feet.


“Looking back, we are so glad we did the bathtub conversion,” said Carol. “Not only was the service reasonably priced and quick, but the end result also really helped me and my husband gain more confidence about living our lives independently as senior citizens.”

For more information or to arrange an estimate, call 468-8000 or visit islandbathworks.com.

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