Maui travel updates

Recovery efforts underway

For the latest updates, visit the official government website


As you prepare for your upcoming trip, please note Oahu, Hawaii Island (Big Island) and Kauai islands are not impacted by wildfire disasters and are safe for travel. 

As of 9/8/23, the State of Hawaii has an emergency proclamation in place that all non-essential travel to Maui is strongly discouraged until October 8th. OUTRIGGER does have availability at our neighbor island resorts during this time.


OUTRIGGERCares Maui Host Relief Fund

The well-being of our cherished employees on Maui is our utmost priority. Your donation delivers crucial financial relief and aid in the recovery of our employees directly impacted by the heart-wrenching aftermath of the wildfires on Maui.

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Maui Strong Fund

Help support the community of Maui that has been affected with a donation to the Maui Strong Fund. 

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    How do we Save the Coral Reefs? No Bad Sunscreens.

    We've all heard the news that our sunscreen can be damaging to our ocean life - but what exactly does that mean?

    Coral reefs are precious to the world’s health and sunscreen is important for ours, and luckily there are ways that we can protect both! Did you also know that coral reefs help purify the water, protect coastlines from wave action and storms, and provide habitats and shelter for a vast diversity of marine species? Unfortunately, more than half of the world’s coral reefs are threatened by rising ocean temperatures and pollution.

    In an effort to protect these invaluable resources, some places are passing laws to limit harmful chemicals found in some sunscreens and cosmetics. Hawaii passed a law that beginning January 1, 2021 will prohibit sunscreens that contain contain damaging chemicals (like oxybenzone or octinoxate) from being sold in Hawaii. Research has shown that these chemicals can contribute to coral bleaching, corals becoming deformed, and dying. When we put these products on our bodies and go swimming or even shower them off, they end up in our oceans. 

    Here's where you come in to help. 

    The best sunscreen to use has natural mineral ingredients such as titanium oxide or zinc oxide. Rather than absorbing into the skin the way chemical sunscreens do, mineral sunscreens create a barrier between our skin and the sun to reflect the sun’s rays. Sometimes labels can be confusing or misleading, so find the products with active ingredients of titanium or zinc oxide. We can also choose to wear protective clothing when in the sun or avoiding being outside when the sun is its strongest.

    Luckily, many sunscreen brands are currently available that allow us to be both reef safe and sun safe. Outrigger resorts around the globe have been promoting and providing reef-friendly sunscreens since 2014, and today, these reef-friendly options are available at most drug stores! We can be confident that as more people choose mineral sunscreens, we will see more options that keep both us and our oceans healthy.

    Still have questions? Send it our way on Facebook or learn more about Outrigger's Zone, Outrigger's reef conservancy program here.

    Still celebrating World Oceans Day? Us, too! We're making a whole month of it on social media throughout June. #we🧡ourcoralreefs

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