As humans, our bond with the natural world is one of our strongest and most primal connections. The native Hawaiians have a special tie to the planet in their role as keiki o ka ‘āina, or “children of the land.” This promise to respect and care for the land, or mālama i ka ‘āina, goes back to the beginning of time as one of the primary aspects of Hawaiian culture.
Waiākea believes keeping this promise in the modern world is of the utmost importance. The promise to protect the land and conserve its resources through sustainable practices has kept the land rich and nurturing. In return, the land has provided the Hawaiians with food, shelter, clothing, tools, and even musical instruments. Starting at the source, Waiākea uses water from one of the most sustainable fresh water resources in the world. Using the natural power of porous volcanic rock, the water filters through thousands of feet that enrich the water with electrolytes like potassium and other minerals such as calcium chloride and magnesium chloride. Located at the base of the mighty Mauna Loa volcano, the Kea’au aquifer captures over 200 inches (or 393 million gallons per day) of rainfall and snowmelt every year in a biodiverse, isolated environment.
Waiākea uses only 100% RPET bottles and ships using the lowest emission shipping possible, going above and beyond to lessen the environmental impact as much as possible. Participating in regional reforestation and other similar carbon offset programs have led them to be one of the first premium waters in the world to become officially certified CarbonNeutral®. This means that the emissions from the water sourcing and production equal out to a net zero carbon emission footprint. Using 33% renewable energy, 25% of which is geothermal, for the sourcing operations Waiākea meets the CarbonNeutral Protocol for this prestigious stamp, which is the global standard for carbon neutral certification.