You may not be aware, HIROC was instrumental in making this bill happen! Mahalo to Governor Ige for signing the Hawai’i sunscreen legislation banning the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate in 2021. Until then, we have lots of educational work to do!

Image: Left to right (includes some of our key players): Stuart H. Coleman (Surfrider Foundation, Surfrider Foundation – Oahu Chapter), Dr Robert Richmond (Kewalo Marine Laboratory), Alan Burdick Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii), Kimiko LaHaela Walter (Sierra Club of Hawai’i), Ted Bohlen, Governor David Ige, Lisa Bishop (Friends of Hanauma Bay), Maxx Phillips (Senator Gil Riviere, Mālama Pūpūkea-Waimea), Wilkie McClaren (Ban Toxic Sunscreens Hawaii, RAW ELEMENTS USA), Dr Craig Downs (Haereticus Environmental Laboratory). Photo by Edgar Espero.