Reef-friendly sunblock a good beach-day option

Hawaii’s coral reefs are in danger, and Hawaii’s lawmakers are currently considering a bill to help save the reefs. Senate Bill 2985, introduced in late January 2018, passed its first reading and was referred to committee hearings.

The bill would prohibits the sale of sunscreen or personal care products that contain oxybenzone or octinoxate in Hawaii, beginning January 1, 2023. It has a companion House Bill 2463.
As the bill says, “coral decline poses a significant threat worldwide. While scientists from around the world agree that the primary causes of coral decline are related to global warming, agricultural runoff, sewage, and overfishing, recent studies have shown that that oxybenzone, a common sunscreen ingredient, also has detrimental effects on coral reefs.”
The bill cites some facts learned when The World Conservation Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature met in September 2016 in Honolulu. The Congress disclosed that 2015 research led by a University of Hawai`i professor implicated oxybenzone in coral larvae deformity, bleaching, and DNA damage that weakens coral systems’ adaptability to climate change. The threat is particularly acute in Hawaiian ocean waters where coral bleaching is occurring at a historic rate never before noted in recorded history.
Sun Blocz. Courtesy: Olen Cosmetics
Putting my money where my mouth is, I’ve decided to try to buy more natural sunblocks from now on, even if it’s more expensive from the health food store. So far, I’ve tried and liked Olen Cosmetics and its Sun Blocz 100% natural sunscreen with 24.5% zinc oxide (non-nano), with a SPF 50 – UVA+UVB Broad Spectrum. (And it’s comparably priced!)

It’s water resistant for 80 minutes, hypoallergenic, doesn’t sting eyes, and repels bugs! No parabens, no phthalates, reef safe, no animal testing, its digital flyer promises. It’s good for infants and adults. 

You have to shake it before using because the ingredients separate, but once on, it works well, and it smells great. Here’s to having fun and taking care of the coral reef!

Olen Cosmetics Sun Blocz available at:

Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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