The ocean, reefs and other marine life are a vital part of our island community. The ocean provides wonderful food enjoyed at island restaurants and stores. The marine industry supports thousands of jobs. We hope you will join us in respecting the Moana (ocean). Here are a few things you can do to help out.

Use Reef Safe Sunscreen

Two ingredients found in many popular sunscreens — oxybenzone and octinoxate —harm and kill coral reefs. When you apply sunscreen, then go in the ocean, it washes off and contaminates the ecosystem. A law has been passed banning such sunscreens throughout Hawaii by 2021. But why wait? Here are some reef safe sunscreens to look for:

  • Kuleana Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Unscented Sunscreen, made with Maui sunflower and macadamia nut oil.
  • Hawaiian Sol SolGuard SPF 50 Sunscreen 
  • Raw Elements Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Water Resistant Sunscreen Stream2
  • Sea Sport SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen

Avoid single-use plastic bottles, food containers & straws 

The development of plastic products in the last few decades has been prolific. Some can't quite envision a future without this handy material. Unfortunately that also means we are dumping 8 million tons of plastic in the ocean yearly, damaging the ecosystem and our food supply.; 

Here are some simple things you can do while on vacation to keep plastics out of the ocean.

  • Buy a cool re-useable water bottle on Maui instead of one-use plastic. 
  • Say "no thank you" to the plastic straw. Do you really need it? 
  • Grab a Hawaiian print re-usable shopping bag, available at most stores.

Styrofoam containers and plastic shopping bags have already been banned here, so get on the eco-friendly banned-wagon and help keep plastics out the ocean!

Show Aloha to Marine Life

Every year, over 5 million people venture into Hawaii’s near shore waters. To lessen the impact on marine life, we ask that you take nothing but pictures and touch nothing but hearts. This is not only to protect marine life, but also for your safety, avoiding bites, stings,  or dangerous encounters with larger animals.

  • Don't feed fish. Feeding fish can cause illness or death and disrupt natural fish populations.
  • Don't touch coral. Coral is a live animal. Avoid stepping on or touching coral heads.
  • Don't touch, ride, hug, kiss, feed or pet Hawaii’s marine wildlife.

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