Founded in 2012 by Ryan Emmons, Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water has enjoyed a 5000 percent growth over the past three years. According to Emmons, the success is due to focusing on three main attributes – health, sustainability, and ethics.
Waiakea water comes from melting snow and rain filtered through thousand of feet of porous rock from the Mauna Loa volcano on the Big Island. Rich in electrolytes and with a pH of more than seven in alkalinity, it is considered the best tasting natural water in the world.
Waiakea water embraces the Hawaiian practice of “malama i ka ‘aina” which means “to respect and care for the land”, uses 100 percent recycled (rPET) bottles and sustainable sourcing. It is also involved in local reforestation initiatives. Recognized as the first American premium bottled water to be certified CarbonNeutral® for its diverse initiatives, Waiakea donates 650 liters of clean water to underprivileged African communities through Pump Aid for every liter purchased. Learn more about Waiake water: http://www.aquagrade.com/bottle/waiakea-hawaiian-volcanic-water/
The results of having access to pure water are measured by higher attendance in schools, less water-borne illnesses and malnutrition, plus women have more time for other needs instead of having to search for water. The goal is to reach sub-Saharan Africa in the near future.
The Organic Authority has called Waiakea Water to be the exception to other waters out there due to its sustainability efforts and unique mineral composition that includes sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and a 30-milligram amount of silica, apparently making it taste soft and silky.
A Forbes article calls it refreshing, pointing out that Emmons is only 22-years-old, breaking into the “old boys club” of over 50-year-olds. Local distributors signed up quickly contributing to the 170 percent growth rate per year.
The Specialty Food Association carries it wholesale, calling it the “World’s Greenest” and praises its charitable contribution.
Now available in nearly 2000 stores in the U.S., including Whole Foods, and reaching international markets, the water bottled by Waiakea Spring has gained many different awards including Food and Beverage Innovation, Gold for Most Socially Responsible Company in North America, Most Elite Bottled Water on the Market, and voted one of the ten best waters in the world.
Clicking on the Waiakea Springs website and the Live Aloha tab shows how a community called Ohana is being built by honoring the culture and traditions of Hawaii, embracing the Waiakea motto of live healthy, sustainably, and ethically.