Back in 2018, the Govenor of Hawaii signed a bill banning the sale of many popular sunscreen brands in the Hawaiian Islands but it didn’t go into effect until Jan 1. 2021.
Things became a lot stricter in Maui when they passed a ban on the sale, distribution and USE of anything other than Mineral Only Sunscreens. This started on Oct 1, 2022.
So you can’t buy any sunscreens other than Mineral Only Sunscreen in Maui but what should Maui and other Hawaii bound tourists know.
Non mineral sunscreens, containing petrochemical UV filters, can wash off and enter our rivers and ocean and can harm our marine life and coral, including:
- Coral: Accumulation in tissues; bleaching; DNA damage; deformed and killed young
- Fish: Decreased fertility and reproduction; female characteristics in males
- Dolphins: Accumulation in tissues and transferred to young
Before buying or using sunscreen (brought from home), read the ingredients label and choose only mineral sunscreens made with ‘non-nanotized’ zinc oxide or titanium dioxide—natural mineral ingredients.
- Just because the package says it’s reef friendly, doesn’t mean it is.
- Also, not all zinc oxide is Non-Nanotized, so you really need to check the ingredients of your sunscreen.
Stay away from sunscreens with these ingredients: Homosolate, Octisolate, Octinoxate, Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, Octocrylene, Ecamsule, parabens, and fragrances.
Mineral Only Sunscreen Maui County