Aloha e Friends,

Our 2018 session has come to a close and I'm happy to report we've definitely set some records. Just in case you haven't heard… I introduced an historic bill for our state which, if signed by the Governor, will make Hawai‘i the first-in-the-world to ban the toxic sunscreen ingredients oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have shown to be harmful to marine, plant, and human life. When you think about it, our island paradise, surrounded by coral reefs, is the perfect place to set the gold standard for the world to follow. The bill (SB 2571) would go into effect January 2021. Check out this brief video I sang for my staffers to warm-up before singing at the International Year of the Reef Sunscreen Rally later that day at the Capitol:

The rally on April 18, was designed to bring awareness to the dangers of these poisonous chemicals in sunscreen and to help push SB 2571 through the legislature. Both the House and Senate passed the bill on May 1, 2018. On the same day, we passed out SB 3095, which is another first! If the Governor signs, which all reports say he will, this bill will put Hawai‘i on the map as the first state in the nation to ban the neurotoxin chlorpyrifos!

As always, please feel free to contact me at (808)586-6830 or if I can help you or your family in any way. You can also follow me on Twitter @senmikegabbard, Instagram @sengabbard, or Facebook at

Me ke aloha pumehana, 

Mike Gabbard, State Senator, District 20

Chair, Agriculture and Environment Committee


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Latest Press Release

Senator Mike Gabbard's Floor Remarks on SB 2571 SD2 HD2 CD1 (Oxybenzone/Octinoxate Sunscreen Ban)

May 1, 2018 - Mr. President, I rise in strong support of SB 2571 SD2 HD2 CD1. Colleagues, this legislation is a big step forward for the protection of our coral reefs, marine life, and human health.

When it goes into effect on January 1, 2021, it will be the first law passed not only in this country, but in the entire world, to ban sunscreens that contain the dangerous chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate. For the record, Mexico has taken administrative action to ban the use of sunscreens with these chemicals in their nature preserves.