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The Friends of Hanauma Bay is dedicated to the conservation of coastal and marine environments, emphasizing stewardship of the natural resources of Hanauma Bay. If you love Hanauma Bay, join us in our efforts to preserve the Bay for future generations.

14 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Successful Sun Screen Swap-Out Sponsored By Wipeout Crew Of Kaiser High School

Many thanks to the Wipeout Crew for hosting a great community event on Saturday, 13 January, to swap sun screen with harmful chemicals for ocean safe sun screen and goody bags.

Mahalo to the vendors who gave out samples, hosted a tent and engaged with the community.

09 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

DLNR And You – Dangers Of Sunscreens Containing Oxybenzone Or Octinoxate

Are you unknowingly killing Hawaii’s reefs? Check out this video on the dangers of sunscreens containing Oxybenzone and/or Octinoxate.

08 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Swap Your Sunscreen On 13 January At Kaiser High School

See below flyer. Great opportunity to make the switch to reef and ocean safe sunscreen. Join Us!!

11 December 2017 ~ Comments Off on Friends of Hanauma Bay Scholarship Donation Request

Friends of Hanauma Bay Scholarship Donation Request

02 December 2017 ~ Comments Off on Marine Debris Washing Ashore At Hanauma Bay

Marine Debris Washing Ashore At Hanauma Bay

Marine Debris is a huge problem for all Hawaiian Islands, and even a marine conservation district like Hanauma Bay is not immune. The strong south and east swells over the last few weeks have brought a lot of marine debris into the far end of Hanauma Bay. Unfortunately, this was too much for our volunteers to handle this morning, so NOAA have been called to pick up the masses of derelict fishing nets and lines. Many thanks to those volunteers who picked up the smaller pieces and even sifted micro plastics out of the sand! Every little bit we picked up will not be washed back into the ocean, where plastics cause extreme hazards and health risks to so many wonderful creatures!

29 November 2017 ~ Comments Off on Make Your Voice Heard

Make Your Voice Heard


The Hawaii State Legislature’s Public Access Room is conducting a free workshop in your area. Take advantage of this opportunity to discover the public’s power in the Legislative Process. The workshop will cover the following topics:

–Tips and techniques on effective lobbying, testimony, and communicating with State Senators and Representatives.
–The legislative process, deadlines and power dynamics at the Capitol.
–Easy to use tools available on the Legislature’s website.

Monday, Dec 18 @ 5:30 p.m.
Hawaii Kai Public Library, Meeting Room
249 Lunalilo Home Road

For more information contact Public Access Room (PAR): phone 587-0478, email par@capitol.hawaii.gov, website http://LRBhawaii.org/PAR. PAR is a division of the non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau.

27 November 2017 ~ Comments Off on 17 November Water Testing At Hanauma Bay

17 November Water Testing At Hanauma Bay


Mahala to all who participated in the water sampling for toxins at Hanauma Bay. Great effort by all!!

Lisa Bishop
President, Friends of Hanauma Bay

19 November 2017 ~ Comments Off on Samples Taken From Hanauma Bay Could Lead To Ban On Certain Sunscreens

Samples Taken From Hanauma Bay Could Lead To Ban On Certain Sunscreens

In an article posted to the Hawaii News Now website, water sampling taken last week from Hanauma Bay could lead to bans on certain sunscreens that contain chemicals known to be toxic to ocean reefs. Find the entire article and accompanying interview video at Hawaii News Now.

16 November 2017 ~ Comments Off on Happy 50th Anniversary – Hanauma Bay Marine Life Conservation District

Happy 50th Anniversary – Hanauma Bay Marine Life Conservation District

Happy 50th Anniversary Hanauma Bay !!!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 24 October 2017 celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Hanauma Bayʻs designation as Hawaiiʻs first Marine Life Conservation District (MLCD). It was wonderful to see so many Friends, community members, and elected officials come together at Hanauma Bay to mark this milestone in Hawaiiʻs conservation history.

It was especially meaningful to me to be priviledged to read a personal letter from President Barack Obama who shared his life-long love for, and connection to, Hanauma Bay. Dedicated to everyone committed to the preservation of Hanauma Bay, the President ends his letter with Hanauma Bay “… remains a wonder, thanks to all of you who keep Hanauma that way – the State Department of Land and Natural Resources, the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation, and all the rangers, groundskeepers, cashiers, on-site staff, and volunteer Friends of Hanauma Bay. Thank you all for working together every day to preserve this extraordinary place in perpetuity.”

In addition to President Obama, Hanauma Bayʻs fifty year history of achievement was honored by US Senator Mazie Hirono, US Senator Brian Schatz, Governor David Ige, the Hawaii State Senate, the Hawaii House of Representatives, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, and the City and County of Honolulu City Council.

Mahalo nui loa to Senators Laura Thielen and Stanley Chang for co-sponsoring a letter of recognition and congratulations from the Hawaii State Senate; to Representative Gene Ward for sponsoring the Hawaii House of Representativesʻ 50th Anniversary Certificate; and to Councilmember Trevor Ozawa for sponsoring a congratulatory certificate for this event from the City and County of Honolulu City Council. The commendatory correspondence is attached.

The Friends has been instrumental in protecting the natural qualities of Hanauma Bay for the last 27 years, and looks forward to continuing to work collaboratively with State and City officials to protect and preserve Hanauma Bay.

Congratulations Hanauma Bay – Well Done!

Lisa Bishop
Friends of Hanauma Bay

21 October 2017 ~ Comments Off on Scholarships Available!!

Scholarships Available!!

Once again, AAUW (American Association Of Univiversity Women) is offering a scholarship for 2d year college students on Oahu. Please call Anita Benson Bradley (352-4023) for rules and application form.

Additional information is available at this link: AAUW Scholarship Information