Remember to Use “Reef Safe” Sunscreen When Visiting the Beach

How are we unknowingly killing the reefs? – Sunscreen

The sunscreen that snorkelers, beachgoers and children romping in the waves lather on for protection is killing coral and reefs around the globe. A new study finds that a single drop in a small area is all it takes for the chemicals in the lotion to mount an attack. The study determined that a tiny amount of sunscreen is all it takes to begin damaging the delicate corals — the equivalent of a drop of water in a half-dozen Olympic-sized swimming pools — The ingredients Oxybenzone and Octinoxate breaks the coral down, robbing it of life-giving nutrients and turning it ghostly white.

Across the world each year, up to 14,000 tons of sunscreen lotions are discharged into coral reef, and much of it “contains between 1 and 10 percent oxybenzone.”

Coral reefs are more than just exotic displays of color on the sea bed. They spawn the fish humans eat and protect miles of coast from storm surge. Local economies also receive billions of dollars from visitors to reefs through diving tours, recreational fishing trips, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses based near reef ecosystems.

Oxybenzone is mixed in more than 3,500 sunscreen products worldwide, including popular brands such as Coppertone, Baby Blanket Faces, L’Oreal Paris, Hawaiian Tropic and Banana Boat. There are alternative sunscreens with no oxybenzone, including a product called Badger Natural Sunscreen and dozens of others.

Sunscreen ingredients to avoid;

  1. Avoid sunscreens containing petrolatum, commonly known as mineral oil, which takes years to biodegrade, and are known to be harmful or fatal to aquatic life and waterfowl.
  2. Avoid sunscreens with high content of Titanium Dioxide. This mineral does not biodegrade and is found to react in warm seawater to form hydrogen peroxide which is harmful to all sea life.
  3. Oxybenzone and octinoxate, the two chemicals recently banned in Hawaii and are believed to cause coral bleaching.

Here is a list of sunscreens considered to be reef safe. Made in Hawaii sunscreens are marked with an *asterisks.

  • *Kokua Sun Care Hawaiian SPF 50 Natural Zinc Sunscreen
  • *Mama Kuleana Waterproof SPF 30 Reef-safe Sunscreen
  • *Little Hands Hawaii SPF 35+ All-natural and Organic Sunscreen
  • Manda Organic SPF 50 Sun Paste
  • *Raw Love SPF 35 All-natural Mineral Sunscreen
  • Thinksport SPF 50 Sunscreen
  • All Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Lotion
  • Babo Botanicals SPF 30 Clear Zinc Lotion
  • Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen
  • Badger SPF 30 Unscented Sunscreen Cream
  • Raw Elements SPF 30 Certified Natural Sunscreen
  • Stream2Sea SPF 30 Mineral Sunblock
  • Loving Naturals Clear Body SPF 30+ All-natural Sunscreen
  • Banana Boat Simply Protect SPF 50+ Sunscreen (spray, not lotion)
  • Olita Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Not only is it a good idea to use “Reef Safe” Sunscreens, but Hawaii is the first state in the U.S. to Ban the sale of Sunscreens containing the coral-harming chemicals Oxybenzone and Octinoxate which took effect January 1, 2021.

Our Vacation Home is located on the sunny Southside of Kauai within 300 yards of the world-famous Poipu Beach and Brennecke’s Beach. See information about our home and what makes it a great alternative to a Hotel stay when you visit Kauai.

Guest Welcome Book & Local Travel Guide

My Kauai Vacation Rental introduces our very own Digital Guest Welcome Book & Island Travel Guide

Everything our guests will ever need to know before and during their stay. And all just a click away! Our Guest Welcome Book & Travel Guide will help our guests get comfortable and make our home their home. We used to use the same old binder ideas every other vacation owner tried, packed with the information we though they would need  and hoped they would be able to find and use. I always wondered, would it be left so our next guest could even find it? Would they even read it?

Now I’ve found and built a resource, I know everyone will be able to actually use. It’s our Digital Guest Welcome Book and a Travel Guide. It’s something that I send them link to, they download it and it provides them what they need to know about our home, the local area with guiding information like where’s the beach, the grocery store, and all the sights they should not miss right at their finger tips. Save a copy on your phone and even if you loose cell signal it’ll still function providing a guiding hand to our island of Kauai.

My Kauai Vacation Rental Guest Welcome Book & Travel Guide

With our welcome book & travel guide, we can now offer our guests not only a place to call home, but a truly amazing experience! It is packed with our local knowledge, leading our guests to the hidden gems off the beaten path, sharing our experience of local culture, our favorite restaurants and events right at their finger tips, We want our guests to thoroughly enjoy their stay and have every reason to return time and again. Book your stay at My Kauai Vacation Rental Today.

Our Digital Guest Welcome Book & Local Travel Guide is just the beginning of what make My Kauai Vacation Rental stand out. Added Services like:

Our Grocery Shopping Service. You don’t need to fly across country, 1/2 way across the Pacific Ocean, pick up a rental car and drive another 1/2 hour to the Rental Home; Then figure which one of you has to go to the store. Our Grocery Service will take your shopping list to the store, shop, and bring the groceries back to the rental, & fill the refrigerator all before you arrive.

Water Sports Equipment & Bike Rentals. Looking forward to spending time at the beach? Plan to or would like to take out and getting some exercise on a Stand Up Paddle Board, Don’t want to bring your own Snorkel, Mask & Fins or want to be able to exercise on a bike throughout your stay. Our knowledge, local friends and resources will be able to make sure you can have the equipment available when you want. Let us know that this is something you would like to do & we’ll help get equipment lined up during your stay. Looking forward to a relaxing stay, Schedule a Couple’s Massage. We’ll schedule the couple’s massage or even a solo massage and they’ll arrive at the condo ready to get your trip started the Aloha Way.

On the adventurous side? Enroll in Surf Lessons. Your choice in Group, Semi-Private or Private one-on-one Surf lessons to learn more faster. They are only a short distance from our Vacation Rental in Poipu. Discounted Rates for surf lessons when booked with your stay at My Kauai Vacation Rental.

Travel Insurance. Everyone that had a trips scheduled within the middle of 2020 has either wished they got a decent travel insurance policy for their trip or one that is the only one that paid out during the Covid-19 Pandemic, a Cancel For Any Reason of CFAR Travel Insurance Policy. We had one of the few companies working with us and providing our guest with this option and still do. Our Travel Policies can be obtained as part of your booking process, you will have the option to choose either a Standard Policy or a CFAR Policy.

As you are booking your stay, you have optional services you can also obtain, to get all of your on-island trip items scheduled and taken care of up front. If you need help, let us know.

We look forward to seeing you in Kauai!

Mahalo

The Hottest Places to Dine in Kauai

The Top 10 Restaurants Everyone’s Talking About on OpenTable

You don’t have to take it from us, these spots were picked by diners like you. Every body likes to eat at the restaurants all a buzz so check these places out.

Top 10 Diners’ Choice Awards Winners in Kauai

Tidepools – Grand Hyatt Kauai – Exceptional Rating (2843) 92% Recommend – Seafood
The most romantic setting on Kauai. For the ultimate in ambiance, delectable food and stellar service, Tidepools is the place. This quintessential Hawaiian setting has a backdrop of waterfalls with thatched roof bungalows that seemingly float above tropical lagoons. Savor contemporary Hawaiian style cuisine in this distinctive open-air setting. Diners rave about the exceptional service and fresh fish and steak options with a unique island flair including macadamia nut crusted mahimahi, grilled opah or a succulent steak. Salads feature greens grown at our hydroponic farm on site and the desserts are luscious. Don’t miss this delightful experience. Read More, See Menu & Make Reservations on Open Table

Keoke’s Paradise – Exceptional Rating (2679) 94% Recommend – Seafood
Keoki’s Paradise invites you to relax in a lush tropical paradise with delicious island style cooking, exotic drinks & live music. Cascading waterfalls, meandering streams and lush foliage make this open-air restaurant one of the Island’s most striking. Seafood is the main attraction at Keoki’s and guests are treated to a variety of fresh fish selections and preparations. In addition, the contemporary menu offers prime rib, prime steaks and lobster. Keoki’s tropical ambiance, moderate prices and family friendly service have made it one of the most popular restaurants on Kauai. The lively Bamboo Bar features more casual fare serving both lunch and dinner and is seated on a walk-in basis only. Read More, See Menu & Make Reservations on Open Table.

Sam’s Ocean View – Exceptional Rating (777) 95% Recommend – Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Welcome to Sams Ocean View Bar and Restaurant located on the water on the East side of Kauai just at the edge of Kapaa town. One of the best views on Kauai, SOV restaurant and Bar is open for Sunday Brunch 9 am to 3 pm and 6 days for happy hour and dinner, and closed Tuesdays. The SOV menu is inventive and globally inspired featuring some Italian, Spanish, Hawaiian, Latin American and North American Favorites. The décor is eclectic and warmly inviting with a beach theme, and the Bar is top class using only the freshest ingredients and best mixers. The Mai Tai is superb! Sam’s Ocean View is fun, friendly and cozy, and of course beautiful! Come for the view and stay for the food and service. Moonlit evenings and beautiful brunch views, Sam’s Ocean View has it all! Read More, See Menu & Make Reservations on Open Table

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The 5 Must See Waterfalls in Kauai

The 5 Must See Waterfalls of Kauai

Known as the Garden Island for its lush tropical landscape, Kauai is also home to countless waterfalls that complement other spectacular sites around the island including Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast. A few of these gorgeous falls are easy to get to, and others take a bit of effort to experience. Here is our top 5!

Waipoo Falls

Waipoo Falls is a glorious 800-foot waterfall in Waimea Canyon. You can see the falls from various lookout points along Highway 550, the road that takes you up to the museum and park. You can also snap magnificent pictures of the canyon from the Waipoo Falls Trail hike, a 3.2-mile roundtrip hike, which is located just off the highway between mile markers 14 and 15. While you will not see the falls up close in their splendor, this easy and popular hike will take you through rain forests and canyon rims ending at the top of the waterfall in a Awaawapuhi Ginger lined stream. The trail is considered easy/moderate, and is kid friendly for children that enjoy a great adventure outdoors and is part of the Waimea Canyon State Park.

Waipoo Falls in Kauai
Waipoo Falls Waimea Canyon

Hanakapiai Falls

By far the most difficult to get to, the Hanakapiai Falls hike is impressive. After driving to the end of the road on Highway 56, park in the lot fronting Kee Beach and head out on the 2-mile Hanakapiai Trail. This is a very popular trek on the island so we suggest going early in the morning. For the first 2 miles you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Na Pali Coast as you traverse on switchbacks along the coastline.

Once you arrive at Hanakapiai Beach, it is an additional 2 miles upstream to the falls. The trail can be rough in spots, but the 300+ foot waterfall at the end of the tramp is definitely worth the adventure. This experience is not recommended for small children due to the terrain and difficulty of the hike.

Hanakapaiai Falls in Kauai
Hanakapaiai Falls

Wailua Falls

You can leave your hiking boots behind for this breathtaking display of Mother Nature. Wailua Falls, a double-tiered waterfall, is located just north of Lihue and is the most easily accessible on Kauai. Head north from Lihue on Highway 56 and take a left on Maalo Road in Hanamaulu. After traveling uphill for approximately 3 miles, the road ends at the parking lot of the falls.

You may recognize the prestige of these falls as they were used in the opening credits of the 80’s hit show, Fantasy Island. This adventure is definitely recommended for families with small children as there is no hiking involved. The views are just a short walk from the parking lot. Believe it or not you’re going to still run into a Rooster or two way up here! But where are you not going to find one, even going to see Kauai Waterfalls.

Wailua Falls Kauai
Wailua Falls

Kauai Secret Falls

Named Uluwehi Falls, but known to locals and visitors as Secret Falls, are an extremely popular adventure on the east side of the Garden Island. The trailhead to the falls is located up the Wailua River and requires water transport to get there. You can travel via kayak or canoe and there are several companies in the area that you can rent from, or you can always book a guided adventure.

Once you land your boat at the entrance to the trailhead, you hike up to the falls on a trail that can be extremely muddy and slippery. Hiking boots are not recommended. We suggest either going barefoot, using sport sandals or tabis. If you travel at a relaxed pace, it takes about 45 minutes each way. The is a great family friendly adventure for children that don’t mind paddling up the river and getting a little dirty on the trail.

Secret Falls Wailua Kauai
Secret Falls Wailua

Opaekaa Falls

Opaekaa means, “rolling shrimp” Supposedly the stream was full of shrimp and so they aptly named the dazzling waterfalls after them. Like Wailua Falls, this majestic site is easily accessible and requires no hiking. Simply turn up Kuamoo Road (580) from highway 56 and travel up the hill to the lookout that is located adjacent to the parking lot on the right hand side. There are many photo ops from this location, as well as from across the street where you are treated with views of the Wailua River Valley. Families with children all ages would enjoy Opaekaa Falls as the views can be seen from a brief walk from the parking area.

Opaekaa Falls in Kauai
Opaekaa Falls

So pack up the car, choose your destination and you will be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the Garden Island.

Interested in a hiking tour to see these and other great hikes around Kauai?  Check out http://hikingtourskauai.com/ Looking for more activities? Check out our Blog / Articles on Things to Do.

Don’t forget that our Poipu Vacation Rental is located on the most southern part of the Island but is relatively centrally located when you are going to do a tour of the Kauai Water Falls.

Poipu Beach Restaurants

Poipu Beach Restaurants & Cafes. Central to My Kauai Vacation Rental

Along with having some of the best beaches and shopping destinations in the world, Poipu is also home to a mix of high end cuisine, ethnic restaurants and traditional island food. If you’re looking for something as simple as a burger & fries or fresh off the boat fish and a fine wine, you are certain to find something for everyone on the menus of the restaurants in Poipu, Kauai.  While staying at our Vacation Rental, you may not want to cook every night, so below are a good sample of Restaurants and Cafes Nearby that you may wish to try.Poipu Beach Restaurants Near My Kauai Vacation Rental Condo

The Lanai Restaurant and Bar
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St. Koloa, HI. 96756
Located In: Kukui’ula Village Shopping Center
Menu: thelanaikauai.com
Phone: (808) 378-4359
Lanai: a type of roofed, open-sided veranda, balcony, patio or porch originating in Hawaii. Family owned and operated, The Lanai is a spot for friends and family to effortlessly enjoy great drinks, even better food, and the best of company while reveling in the spectacular setting that is the island of Kauai. Together, our family loves lounging outdoors and sharing food and a drink or two… or three, who’s counting? We feel that on Kauai, the most amazing experiences occur outdoors and your dining experience should be no different. The Lanai has a seat for our entire Kauai ‘ohana, where family and friends can kick back, hang out and let loose… or should we say, hang loose. Pau!

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
2100 Ho’one Rd Koloa, HI. 96756
Menu: Brenneckes.com
Phone: (808) 742-7588
The place for delicious lunches, sumptuous dinners, happy hour specials, beach deli, seafood, pasta, steak and pupu platters. What a mouthful!

Keoki’s Paradise
2360 Kiahuna Plantation Dr.
Located In: Poipu Shopping Villiage
Menu: Keokis.com
Phone: (808) 742-7534
Keoki’s Paradise invites you to relax in a lush tropical paradise, with delicious island style cooking, exotic drinks, and live music. Seafood is the main attraction, but the restaurant also features prime rib, steaks, and a full children’s menu to satisfy everyone in the family. The tropical ambiance and moderate pricing, have made Keoki’s one of the island’s more popular destinations. Don’t forget to try the Hula Pie!

Plantation Gardens Restaurant & Bar
2253 Poipu Rd.
Located In: Kaihuna Plantation Resort by Outrigger
Menu: pgrestaurant.com
Phone: (808) 742-2121
Situated amid lush gardens, this classy eatery in an old plantation presents a seafood-driven menu.

Red Salt at Ko’a Kea
2251 Poipu Rd.
Menu: meritagecollection.com
Phone: (855) 231-4535
Upscale, modern restaurant in the Koa Kea Hotel serving inventive Hawaiian plates amid ocean views.

BeachHouse Restaurant
5022 Lawai Rd.
Menu: the-beach-house.com
Phone: (808) 742-1424
Beachfront eatery featuring Pacific Rim cuisine & cocktails, plus striking views during sunset.

La Spezia
5492 Koloa Rd
Menu: laspeziakauai.com
Phone: (808) 742-8824
Cozy atmosphere for homestyle Italian dishes paired with selections from the wine bar.

Ilima Terrace Restaurant
1571 Poipu Rd
Located In: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Phone: (808) 240-6456
Grand Hyatt Hotel’s tranquil terrace with koi ponds serves breakfast buffets, sandwiches & steaks.

Dondero’s
1571 Poipu Rd
Located In: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Phone: (808) 240-6456
Elegant spot for Northern Italian fare inside the Grand Hyatt Kauai with optional outdoor seating.

Merriman’s Fish House
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St.
Located In: Kukui’ula Village Shopping Center
Menu: merrimanshawaii.com
Phone: (808) 742-8385
This restaurant features a unique style of Hawaiian regional cuisine, served in a casual, yet elegant setting of an old Hawaii plantation. A pioneer in the “Farm to Table” concept, Chef Peter Merriman serves only the freshest products, at least 90% of which are locally grown or caught using only sustainable methods. If you are looking for a more casual dining experience, try Merriman’s Gourmet Pizza and Burgers, located just downstairs!

Kalapaki Joe’s Poipu
1941 Poipu Rd.
Menu: Kalapakijoes.com
Phone (808) 742-6366
The self-proclaimed “Westernmost sports bar in the United States” & Walking distance from the Condo. For this “Nearby Restaurant” they’ve got great french toast.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St.
Located In: Kukui’ula Village Shopping Center
Menu: RuthChris.com
Phone: (808) 278-6100
Outpost of upmarket steakhouse chain known for sizzling, butter-topped beef in an elegant setting

Lava’s on Poipu Beach
2440 Hoonani Rd.
Phone: (808) 742-8100
Lava’s on Poipu Beach offers open-air dining and authentic Hawaiian cuisine. This casual bar and grill serves local favorites and tropical drinks

Pizzetta
5408 Koloa Rd.
Menu: pizzettakauai.com
Phone: (808) 7424-8881
Welcoming Italian-American restaurant serving specialty pizzas & daily lunch specials

Eating House 1849 Koloa
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St.
Located In: Kukui’ula Village Shopping Center
Menu: Eating House 1849
Phone: (808) 742-5000
History-minded Hawaiian spot by Roy Yamaguchi for traditional & modern fare with local sourcing.

Da Crack
2827 Poipu Rd.
Phone: (808) 742-9505
Simple Mexican eatery serving up a casual menu featuring burritos, tacos & sides. Great Fish Tacos, While they Last! Basically a walk-up window.

Garden Island Grille
5392 Koloa Rd.
Phone: (808) 639-8444
Easygoing eatery offering American pub classics & grilled seafood plus drinks & live music.

Bangkok Happy Bowl Thai Bistro & Bar
2360 Kiahuna Plantation Dr.
Located In: Poipu Shopping Village
Phone: (808) 742-9888
If you like Thai, this is a place to stop and enjoy. The servers are especially attentive. It may look busy as you walk up, but remember they do have a bar that attracts many looking to enjoy the evening. There is another Restaurant nearby here if they are too busy,  Keoke’s but the price-tag changes also.

Puka Dog Hawaiian Style Hot Dogs
2360 Kiahuna Plantation Dr.
Located In: Poipu Shopping Village
Phone: (808) 742-6044
Chill spot for speciality Polish sausages with a Hawaiian twist & homemade shave ice.

Tortilla Republic Kitchen & Margarita Bar
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St.
Located In: Kukui’ula Village Shopping Center
Menu: tortillarepublic.com
Phone: (808) 742-8884
I can actually attest to being able to eat at each on of these “Nearby Restaurants”. If you’re wanting Pizza, there are actually 3 Pizza places in old town Koloa. There are other Poipu Beach Restaurants in the Kukui’ula Shopping Center, we’ve not yet had the opportunity to eat there before so we cannot yet provide any reference to them.  If you have time before your dinner reservation or wish to walk off a bit after your meal, there many shops and a few galleries there that will provide plenty of opportunity for browsing or to pick up a souvenir of your visit to the island.

If you know of a local restaurant that should be on this list. Send us a quick note and provide some information about them.  We’d love to have you link to us to show we do provide a fair representation on local services.

Remember us when planning your Vacations to Kauai and you can always either book online or reach us by phone to arrange you stay at our Poipu Beach Condo My Kauai Vacation Rental. As a guest of My Kauai Vacation Rental you will receive a copy of our Digital Guest Welcome Book & Local Guide to find all of these places and more.

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