Should Maui Visitors Be Subject To $1,000 Fine For This?

A new law went into effect yesterday on Maui. And a somewhat less stringent one is coming to the Big Island.

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123 thoughts on “Should Maui Visitors Be Subject To $1,000 Fine For This?”

  1. All for it. We have been using all natural sun screen products for years because of this issue and use sunscreen aqua wear as well. While the fine of $1,000 might seem severe, so is habitat loss so we are good with it. Arriving on Maui in November.

    Aloha till then.

  2. Mandatory announcement on every trans-Pacific flight arriving about reef safe sunscreen, perhaps also mentioning not to go near the honu. A $1,000 fine for what in many cases would be ignorance of state law and is legal in most other places is absurd.

  3. This is nuts. There are no people more reef conscious than my family and friends, but this issue is about the Manufacturers, not the users. I think all visitors should be given a list of manufacturers that use prohibited items, possibly with cooperation of the airlines to view when arriving or possibly even ticketing passengers.

    Fining people after the fact is the horse that already got out of the barn!

    1. Never work. The government would rather fine people than corporations. People usually don’t fight back; corporations can afford to hire lawyers.

  4. Of course, create a new law that punishes otherwise law abiding citizens! Typical Hawaii governance with a pound of prevention for every ounce of cure! In the meantime, sewage spills, water line breaks, and thousands of homeless defecating, shooting up, and littering our beaches! This kind of law makes the bureaucrats feel good about themselves and distracts them for bigger, more dangerous, and more difficult problems! Shame on the spineless political hacks that supposedly govern our beautiful state!

  5. If I’m right the EPA is after the county of Maui fora $100,000 a day a fine for sewage dumping in the ocean. Clean up your act first!!

  6. The fine of $1000 is a very small price to pay if we can save the reefs around Hawaii. I think that most people will comply with the law and very few will be fined $1000. However, for those who ignore the law, there has to be a consequence.

    1. Whatever happened to making the punishment fit the “crime”?
      How are they going to enforce this piece of stupidity? Is there going to be a “sunscreen checkpoint” for all flights arriving in Maui or the Big Island?

  7. I lived on Maui for for years and loved it so much. I never have and never will wear sunscreen. Why on earth would I slather or spray chemicals on my largest organ. Most of my friends who used sunscreen eventually had skin cancer. I just never bask in the sun between 10 and 4. Simple. I’m 85 and have never had skin cancer, though spending my life in sun states – Texas, Arizona and Hawaii.


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