The Islands of Maui Nui or Maui County adopted new legislation that went into effect January 11, 2011. The purpose of the legislation is to reduce the impacts of plastic checkout bags on the environment as part of the islands’ ongoing efforts to “Malama Maui Nui.” Malama means to “care for, protect, save” and the legislation will help both kamaaina (residents) and malihini (visitors) to care for our islands of Maui County.

The law applies to all businesses on Maui, Molokai and Lanai selling goods to consumers, including vendors that sell clothing, food and personal items. Businesses can only provide recyclable, paper or reusable bags to customers, and all bags distributed must comply with the law’s definition of these bag types.

It also encourages customers to bring their own reusable bags while shopping and does not preclude retailers from offering checkout bags for sale to those customers who do not bring their own bags.

We ask encourage our malihini and kamaaina to join the effort and remember to ” B.Y.O. Bag” when shopping. For more info, please see