Recently, Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water and Skyscanner joined forces to a create a dream come true contest for one lucky winner. The prize was a 4 day trip with round-trip airfare to Oahu, Hawaii for the Wanderlust Yoga Festival held in February 2017.
According to Specialty Food, many people may not have heard of Waiakea Water, but the story behind it is truly remarkable. Founder and CEO, Ryan Emmons grew up in California and spent much of his time in Hawaii, learning to appreciate its culture and lifestyle.
He graduated early from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, with a BS in Business Administration. In 2012, just one year out of college, Emmons formed Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water.
Waiakea water uses some of the purest water in the world, found at the base of the Mauna Loa volcano on the Big Island. The water travels down 14,000 feet of volcanic rock from snowmelt and rainwater on top of the mountain. It is rich in electrolytes, minerals, and is naturally alkaline (8.8pH).
Forbes has it that Waiakea water is now the most award-winning water and beverage company in the U.S. It is currently in 30 states, and the company has grown over 4000% since 2012. However, Emmons is concerned about the environment and implements environmentally safe bottling and manufacturing processes. Waiakea is certified CarbonNeutral®, the first beverage company in the U.S with that designation. Using 85% less energy to bottle the water using only 100% RPET bottles with a 90% smaller CO2 footprint than other beverage. Learn more about Waiakea Water: http:/
Under Emmons’ leadership, Waiakea gives back by donating to local projects and nonprofits in Hawaii including; The Kama’aha Initiative, INPEACE, and Kupu. In the African nation of Malawi, Emmons donated over one billion liters of clean water to the people and sponsored the building several Elephant Pumps, an ancient design of water pump that does not need electricity.
Success in business may have come at an early age for Emmons, but he remains steadfast in his vision for Waiakea. He wants to provide delicious, healthy water not only for the people of Hawaii but also providing access to clean water for people in need in Africa.