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

COVID-19 RESPONSE

Notice COVID-19 Response

(Updated March 5, 2021)

–Governor David Ige approves Kaua‘i’s re-entry into Safe Travels for Trans-Pacific travelers beginning April 5–
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has approved Kaua‘i Mayor Derek Kawakami’s request to rejoin the Safe Travels pre-travel testing program for Trans-Pacific travel, effective April 5, 2021. Existing rules for travel to Kaua‘i remain in place until that date.
“This emergency rule will simplify travel to Hawai‘i by including Kaua‘i in the existing Safe Travels program. The increased restrictions over the winter months helped Mayor Kawakami safely balance travel with the health and safety of residents and visitors on the Garden Island,” said Gov. David Ige.
“I thank Governor Ige for recognizing Kauai’s unique rural community with limited resources, and allowing us to institute stricter testing and quarantine rules over the winter months as cases spiked on the mainland,” said Mayor Kawakami. “Since that time, Kaua‘i has built a robust vaccine distribution program. By April, we will have offered vaccines to our hospitality industry and restaurant employees, and our healthcare workers, first responders and kupuna will have been fully vaccinated.”
Gov. Ige and Mayor Kawakami urge residents to install the Aloha Safe app, which will notify users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for COVID-19.
All incoming travelers to the state must be able to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 pre-arrival test from a trusted partner.
For more information on the State of Hawai‘i’s Safe Travels program, please visit www.hawaiicovid19.com/travel.
To download Aloha Safe, please visit alohasafealert.org.
For more information on travel to Kaua‘i before or after April 5, please visit www.kauai.gov/COVID-19.

(Updated December 30, 2020)
HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has approved Kaua‘i Mayor Derek Kawakami’s request to implement a pre- and post-travel testing program for visitors who stay in “resort bubble” hotels, effective January 5.
“This proposal will allow Kauaʻi to move forward with limited tourism in ‘resort bubbles’ while honoring the county’s request to opt-out of the Safe Travels pre-travel testing program,” said Gov. David Ige.
“Travelers who participate in this program will be able to enjoy resort amenities and visit the pool for the first three days of their vacations, until they are eligible to take their post-travel test,” said Mayor Kawakami. “Once the post-travel test shows they are COVID-free, they can enjoy all that Kaua‘i has to offer.”
The new rule will allow travelers to Kaua‘i, who receive a negative pre-travel test and stay in an approved Enhanced Movement Quarantine (EMQ) “resort bubble” property, to take a post-travel test three days after arrival and be released from quarantine with a negative post-travel test result.

To qualify, travelers must:

  • Take a pre-travel test within 72 hours before traveling to Kaua‘i and receive a negative test result.
  • Stay at an approved EMQ “resort bubble” property.
  • Take a post-travel test more than 72 hours after arriving on Kaua‘i and receive a negative result.
  • The current Enhanced Movement Quarantine (EMQ) “resort bubble” hotels on Kaua‘i are:
    • The Cliffs at Princeville
    • Hilton Garden Inn Kaua‘i Wailua Bay
    • Ko‘a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poʻipū
    • The Club at Kukui‘ula
    • Timbers Kaua‘i Ocean Club & Residences at Hoku‘ala
    • Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club
      Kaua‘i properties interested in learning more about becoming an EMQ may contact the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency at kema@kauai.gov.
      Participation in the post-travel EMQ program is voluntary and open to all travelers, including visitors and residents. Visitors can also stay in non-EMQ hotels and motels, but they will be subject to the full 10-day traveler quarantine without a post-travel testing opportunity and cannot leave their rooms. Residents can also fulfill their 10-day travel quarantine at home without leaving their property.
      The County of Kaua‘i’s modified quarantine program will remain in place for critical infrastructure workers, essential medical travel, or other special circumstances. To apply for a modified quarantine, please visit www.kauai.gov/COVID-19 and click on the “modified quarantine request” button at the top of the page.
      The Safe Travels Hawaiʻi pre-travel testing program remains in place for all other counties.
      For additional details on the new rule for Kaua‘i, please see Mayor Kawakami’s Rule 24 at www.kauai.gov/COVID-19.

(Updated 11/27/20)

Effective December 2, 2020 Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami’s request to place a temporary moratorium on Kaua‘i’s participation in the state’s pre-travel testing program will take effect. Effective Dec. 2 at 12:01 a.m., all transpacific and intercounty travelers arriving in Kaua‘i are subject to the 14-day quarantine regardless of testing.

“The unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases on the mainland and a rise in community spread on Kaua‘i are of significant concern for the Garden Isle. We must protect Kaua‘i residents and visitors and ensure that Kaua‘i’s hospitals do not become overwhelmed,” said Gov. Ige. “Kaua‘i county currently has the fewest number of ICU beds in the state, and private providers are seeking ways to increase capacity. This moratorium aims to stabilize the situation on Kaua‘i.”

 

(Updated 11/20/20)

Hawaii travelers with pending coronavirus test results will no longer have chance to bypass quarantine. Gov. David Ige announced 11/19/20 that trans-Pacific travelers to Hawaii, who can’t present a negative pre-arrivals test upon arrival, won’t be able to bypass the 14-day quarantine once their test arrives. More about this and see the press conference.

(Updated 10/16/20)

Kauai’s Tourism Reopening – What Kauai Visitors Need to Know Safe Travels Pre-flight Covid-19 Testing Program.

(Update 9/17/20)

Hawaii Reopening with Covid-19 Pre-Travel Negative Testing. See the Article; Hawaii Reopening – Visitors Welcome

 

(Updated 8/7/20)

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 throughout the Country & Kauai, as of March 1st My Kauai Vacation Rental discontinued hosting guests. Our Local and state Governments implemented a 14-day quarantine for anyone entering Hawaii. It has now been 19 weeks that the 14-day quarantine order has been in effect, for domestic travelers coming to the Islands. This has been extended through August 30, 2020 for any arrivals from out of state.

As of August 11, 2020 – The availability to travel inter-island without a 14 day quarantine, shall come to a halt. The Governor’s news briefing on August 6th brings a reversal to opening the islands to travel is said to be due to an increase in COVID infections. With this, it is probable that the September 1 opening to domestic travel will be postponed as well. Much of the spread has been on the island of Oahu and according to Governor Ige, is suspect from the uncontrolled large gatherings happening, individuals not wearing masks and those doing so with little regard for safety.

Opening to Domestic TravelBeginning August 1, 2020. Travelers coming to Hawaii will need to obtain a Negative (PCR) result on a COVID-19 Test prior to your flight to Hawaii to not be subjected to a 14-day quarantine. The results of the test will need to be brought with you to show proof of the results. Travelers will be required to complete a Health Questionnaire to provide along with your test results. Prior to departing the airport your temperature taken to verify you do not have a reading 100.4 or above. Failing to be tested prior to arrival, not completing the Health Questionnaire or having a fever above 100.4 will subject Travelers to the quarantine. See more about Hawaii’s Reopening to Domestic Travelers

As of July 13, 2020 Governor Ige has announced that the plan to allow domestic visitors arrival with a COVID Negative test, “The state will now delay by at least a month the planned Aug. 1 reopening of Hawaii’s tourism industry with a traveler pre-testing program to at least September 1st.”

My Kauai Vacation Rental Concern for Health & Safety

We understand the concerns about the impact of COVID-19, the impact on traveling to our Island. It is always our primary goal to help each of our guests have a fabulous experience in Kauai as well as protect each of our Guests’ Health & Safety. We continue to diligently pursue the highest standards in ensuring the well being of our guests and workers. We do this so you can book with confidence knowing we are “Vacation Ready” and that we have even taken additional steps toward ensuring our already high standards while we implemented enhanced cleaning protocols and updated our Cancellation Policy for a more worry free experience.

Plan on the need to wear facemasks and maintaining the Social Distancing measures while in public on the islands in the near future. Hawaii, especially Kauai has enjoyed low numbers of COVID infections, hope all who travel to our island Paradise will help us keep it that way.

We have not been any infected visitors staying at our Vacation Home or any crew members working within our property.

We are accepting reservations for Inter-Island Travelers for the dates beginning July 16th, 2020. For our Inter-Island Guests Use Coupon Code: kama’aina for a Discount on Standard Rates. It is our goal to continue to closely monitor the situation in coordination with the state of Hawaii’s mandates. Then will make a determination to reopen when it is safe for our guests and our fellow residents of Hawaii.

It is our hope that everyone has been encouraged to limit their travel during this time. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back to My Kauai Vacation Rental in Kauai to enjoy the beach, the pool, and our aloha spirit in the very near future. In the meantime feel free to browse through our website planning activities and places you would like to visit when you are able to schedule your stay.

Mahalo

Additional Information & Updates

5/13/20 Kauai Mayor Signs Emergency Rules #8 & #9. The rules in short open beaches for locals and those that might be there and beyond the 14 days quarantine. The other rule extends the 14 day quarantine for any person that arrives on island, whether they are a visitor or local. The only exception to the 14 day quarantine is a health worker performing duties on island and for only the period they are working. Then must return to quarantine.

4/8/20 Kauai Mayor Signs a Supplementary Emergency Proclamation. This proclamation extends the Emergency Declaration through May 3rd, 2020.

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Water Sports in Poipu Kauai

Water Sports Poipu = Hoku WaterSports

A trip to Kauai is all about the beach. While staying at our My Kauai Vacation Rental, we suggest Hoku Water Sports for all your beach gear rentals. Hoku Water Sports has all the equipment you may need for a fun and relaxing day at the beach, including snorkel gear, surfboards, boogie boards, Stand Up Paddleboards, beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers, and anything else you may need for the perfect beach day. They also rent bikes if you want a fun and easy way to get from your vacation rental to the beach. Their office is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and you can rent their equipment by the hour, day, or week.

Lessons & Canoe Trips

Hoku water sports, Kauai also offers surf and paddleboard lessons, as well as guided outrigger canoe trips. They offer group, semi-private, and private surf lessons for anyone over the age of 5 and under the weight of 225 pounds. Each lesson is led by an experienced instructor and lasts approximately 90 minutes. The first 25 minutes is spent on land learning the proper stance, getting up on your board, and how to catch a wave. Then the students and instructor spend an hour in the water catching some waves. Surf lessons are done off the waters of their shop in a small, protected cove with smaller waves that are perfect for the beginning surfer. Lessons are offered every day at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m., and each student is given a surfboard, booties, and a rash guard shirt to use during the lesson.

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Prince Kuhio Day Celebration

The 9th Annual Anahola Prince Kuhio Day Celebration

On March 16th 2020 will be the 9th annual Anahola Prince Kuhio Day Celebration. Join us at one of our favorite Kauai events, a celebration of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, a former heir to the throne during Hawaii’s monarchy, as well as US congressional delegate. The Hawaiian culture comes alive through music, hula, and hands-on activities during this well-loved local event.

See educational, cultural, health and wellness exhibits that are great for the whole family, as well as craft booths from local vendors at the Prince Kuhio Day Celebration. You will be also able to enjoy local Hawaiian comfort food from various food booths and lose yourself in the rhythms of the islands with live music and hula presentations. For an authentic view into Hawaiian culture, come for the start of the event when the Hookupu (offering) protocol ceremony will be held.

When and Where

The Celebration will take place on March 16, 2019 from 11am-4pm. This free event is held at Anahola Beach Park, located in Kauai’s east coast town of Anahola. To reach the Beach Park, turn toward the ocean from Highway 56 on to Anahola Road.

Located just 7 miles north of Kapa’a, Kauai’s largest hub for shopping and restaurants. It’s location on the northern portion of the east coast. There is also easy access to the island’s popular Princeville resort area, as well as the north shore’s pristine beaches.

Anahola is not too distant from our Poipu Vacation Rental. It does give you an excuse for a day trip to another part of the island. Anahola is another beautiful area to visit on the island.  Book Your Trip at one of the best places to stay on Kauai today! We are more than happy to answer any questions, make suggestions, and help you design a trip that’s perfect for you. MyKauaiVacatrionRental.com or (808) 346-1788