Reef-friendly sunscreen dispensers launched at Kahalu‘u Beach Park

  • A visitor to Kahalu’u Beach Park tries a sample of mineral-based sunscreen from a touch-free dispenser installed at the park. (The Kohala Center/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • One of the two reef-friendly sunscreen dispensers at Kahalu‘u Beach Park is pictured. The touch-free dispensers provide beachgoers with samples of Raw Elements mineral-based sunscreen, containing non-nano zinc oxide as the active ingredient. (The Kohala Center/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Volunteers with The Kohala Center’s ReefTeach program pose in front of one of two reef-friendly sunscreen dispensers installed at Kahalu’u Beach Park. (The Kohala Center/Special to West Hawaii Today)

With Hawaii’s ban on the sale of sunscreens containing two chemicals harmful to coral reef ecosystems now in effect, a popular snorkeling spot on Hawaii Island is providing beachgoers with easy access to a sunscreen option that’s kinder to marine life — and possibly their own health.