One of the fastest-growing companies in America is Waiakea, the first Hawaiian volcanic water brand. The company has been included on the Inc. 5000 list of top 500 fastest-growing companies, putting them ahead of giants Microsoft, GoPro, and Under Armour. On making the list, Waiakea founder Ryan Emmons said, “We have been dreaming about being on this exclusive list since Waiakea was founded. I am incredibly proud of our achievements, and I am looking forward to the future accomplishments and innovations of our brand.”
Emmons launched this volcano-filtered Hawaiian water brand in 2012 when he was 22 years old. After living in the Aloha State with his family, he realized the water they had access to was exceptional. His company has grown over 4000% since then and is valued at over $10 million.
The water is filtered through the volcanic rock of Mt Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Because of this filtration process, the water is rich in beneficial minerals including calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and electrolytes. The water is naturally alkaline, with a pH range of 7.8 to 8.8.
Waiakea water is also known for its soft and silky mouthfeel. This is attributed to the 30mg concentration of silica native to the water after its volcanic filtration.
Waiakea’s packaging has been certified CarbonNeutral. It is 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate, completely BPA-free, and requires far less energy to produce than creating brand new bottles.
In a partnership with PumpAid, a water distribution charity, Waiakea Water has donated over 500 million liters of water to remote and impoverished African communities with a particular focus on Malawi. Each bottle sold provides another 650 mL of water.
Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world, and with a population exceeding 15 million, there are many health problems. Life expectancy is not very high in these areas, largely due to lack of proper infrastructure, including access to fresh water. That’s why the donations Waiakea makes are so important to the survival of this region.
The company looks forward to accomplishing more through continued brand innovation.