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In 2012, a newcomer entered the world of bottled water production and has made quite a splash ever since. Ryan Emmons, at age 22, put two and two together when he realized how wonderful the water tasted that he was drinking when he visited his family in Hilo on Big Island in Hawaii. The water was rain and snowmelt runoff from the Mona Loa mountain top.

It was filtering through thousands of feet of volcano lava that was adding minerals rich in electrolytes like sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Combined with an ideal 30 mg of silica, the water has a soft silky taste. This combination of natural minerals creates an alkaline water that not only tastes good but has health benefits for the body.

Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water was born in 2012. The company is based on health, eco-friendly, and ethical sustainable principles. Even the packaging is eco-friendly, made with recycled plastics that are BPA-Free and produced with a low carbon footprint. Ryan Emmons, founder plus CEO of Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water, is proving that companies can produce healthy products, preserve our environment, and contribute back to those in need, as a sustainable business plan.

The growth of his company is a phenomenon in the trading area. It is listed as 414th on the top 500 companies listed by Forbes with a 4000% growth in just the past five years. Most of his peers in the bottled water industry are matured in age and experience, so it has been an uphill battle for this young entrepreneur to get their attention, but the Waiakea growth is hard to ignore.

Pump Aid and Waiakea have partnered to bring clean water to rural parts of Africa. Pump Aid has installed over 3,200 Elephant pumps that are based on a 3,000-year-old Chinese design. Waiakea donates about 5% of their revenue to this charity with the goal of providing clean and healthy water to areas that need it the most.

Waiakea is creating a standard in the corporate world that is sending a message to its peers and the public – ethical and naturally sustainable products are profitable and preferred by consumers.