[NOTE: On Mar. 25, Council Chair Mike White responded to my Mar. 22 inquiry in regards to this story. His statement appears at the end of this post.] On Mar. 1 of this year, Maui County Council Member Elle Cochran submitted a proposal to Council Chair Mike White asking to create a special housing committee. It would expand on the findings of a Temporary Investigative Group … [Read more...] about UPDATED: Is White’s Supremacy Subverting the Maui County Council?
Earlier this year, the Hawaii state Legislature took up a few bills that would have addressed sunscreen containing oxybenzone, a chemical that both helps humans prevent skin cancer but also may harm coral reefs. SB 1150 would have required "the University of Hawaii to conduct a study on the effects of sunscreen on Hawaii's coral reefs and report to the Legislature." HB 600 … [Read more...] about Maui County Council will maybe possibly take up Oxybenzone sunscreen ban
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve dreamed of turning into a mermaid. It sounded like the adventure of a lifetime–spending all day playing in the waves, hiding among the reef and being swept away by the ocean currents. My childhood fantasy turned into reality through Hawaii Mermaid Adventures, an ocean activity company based in South Maui that provides mermaid lessons with an … [Read more...] about 2017 MauiTime Summer Guide: Hawaii Mermaid Adventures
Sunscreen has turned into a daily-use product in households across Hawaii. With rising concerns about skin cancer, it's become a product you apply before you go outdoors, not just to the beach. The problem is the substance in sunscreen that blocks UV rays on humans isn't so good for our ocean’s coral reefs. In fact, the issue is so pronounced the Hawaii bill SB 1150 aims to ban … [Read more...] about 2017 MauiTime Green Issue: What is reef-safe sunscreen and how to find it