Waiakea was Hawaii’s first premium volcanic water supplier. Founded in 2012 by Ryan Emmons when he figured out the water that he was drinking during the summers and winters in Hawaii was unique and special. Waiakea water comes from a source southwest of the town of Hilo, on the big island of Hawaii.
This precious water is filtered through the Mauna Loa volcano, which gives it a rich mineral composition and an alkaline pH. It contains sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium. Each bottle contains 30mg of silica, which gives the water a soft and silky feel. Being naturally alkaline the pH is between 7.8 and 8.8.
Waiakea Water uses sustainable packaging for its waters. The company is one of the first premium beverages in the world that is certified Carbon Neutral. It means that there is little to no release of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere during production, planting trees can offset carbon dioxide emissions. The packaging material used is made out of 100% recycled polyurethane terephthalate. It takes 85% less energy to make bottles out of these materials compared to making bottles out of new plastic. Also, not as much carbon emissions are produced and the bottles are BPA free.
The unique water that Waiakea supplies is responsibly sourced from an aquifer that has a 1.4 billion gallon recharge rate. The bottling facility is ran on 33% renewable energy.
Since the inception of Waiakea Water the founder, Ryan Emmons, always wanted to add a social aspect to the company to address the problem of people not getting enough clean drinking water.
Waiakea partnered with a charity called Pump Aid to try and help out communities with this problem. Together they have donated 650 liters of clean water to communities in need. Access to clean, safe water is available to over 1.3 million people in rural Africa. 3200 elephant pumps help to do this. Thanks to their achievements more than 500 million liters of clean water has been donated to date.