• Beard Magic and Professional Volleyball

    Maddison and Riley McKibbin
    Maddison and Riley McKibbin, brothers and teammates, have been playing volleyball together since high school. In fact, they are the only brothers to have played together in both high school, college, indoor professional, and professional beach volleyball. I had the opportunity to sit down with Maddison and ask him some questions — mostly about the beards. But more on that in a bit… Maddison and Riley have played professional volleyball together since 2013 in Italy, […]
  • Earth’s Greatest Navigators: Hokulea Honors Richard Branson, Dalai Lama, & Desmond Tutu

    Hokulea Blog Post
    A Symbol of Peace & A Sustainable Planet The Hōkūle‘a, meaning Star of Gladness, has traveled thousands of nautical miles around the globe, propelled by the winds and tides, and navigated by the stars. The purpose of Hōkūle‘a’s great voyage is to deliver the message of Malama Honua – To Care For Our Earth. Stopping in 26 different countries, traversing 47,000 nautical miles, and visiting 85 ports, Hōkūle‘a has ceremoniously honored 3 of Earth’s Greatest […]
  • Cultural Significance of Water in Hawai’i: World Water Day

    World Water Day Blog
    The significance of water for Hawaiians runs much deeper than how the western world views it today. Fresh water was more than a means to an end; it shaped social divisions, played an important role in the stories of procreation, and was the currency of societal wealth. Hawaiians understood that “wai” (fresh water) was a sacred element on which the health of their community relied on. They treated it with reverence. Protecting precious streams and […]
  • Health Benefits of Turmeric and How To Use It

    Turmeric Health Benefits
    Turmeric is an orange-colored spice in the ginger family that has been integrated in ancient Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian lifestyles for centuries. It’s also known as nature’s most powerful medicine and has been used to treat a wide range of illnesses. Turmeric’s powerful properties can be used as an antiseptic or as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent, among many other things. Antibacterial Before the advent of modern pharmaceuticals, turmeric had been used for generations […]
  • Flint Water Crisis ‘Suggests a Failing In Society’s Concept of Water’

    Flint Water Crisis
    Water, water everywhere and not a drop that’s safe to drink. The water crisis in Flint, MI and lead contamination in Sebring, OH may lead some to think America’s water supply is at risk nationwide; and they may be right. In the aftermath of Flint resident’s exposure to dangerous levels of lead when the city decided to switch its water resource from Lake Huron, federal investigations have revealed that other U.S. cities may also be […]
  • Silica-Rich Water May Prevent Alzheimer’s

    Silica May Prevent Alzheimer's
    What if drinking a certain type of water could actually prevent, and even reverse, a widespread and incurable disease, drug and side effects free? Well we’re here to share the research that says it’s quite possible. Certain volcanic waters contain bioavailable minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and silica, that have been found to provide a number of health benefits. These naturally occurring minerals, along with an alkaline pH have been shown to contribute to good […]
  • California Dreaming

    Ben and Zach Waiakea Ohana
    Waiakea is pumped to bring on board two new members to the Waiakea Ohana, Zach and Ben. For these two it’s a transportation fixation: surf boards, skate boards, fixies, motorcycles, you name it. Harking back to the 70’s, these guys live in such a way reminiscent of the California the Red Hot Chili Peppers sing about; good vibes and fast times. A bungalow tucked away on one of Venice’s leafy walk streets, the beach is […]
  • Breaking The Surface: Wave Sliding

    Cliff Kapono Wave Sliding Ambassador
    Part one of Breaking The Surface, an exploration of why we do what we love, not what. “Like many in Hawaii, the practice of wave sliding has become deeply integrated into our way of life. It doesn’t define us, but rather allows us to honor our heritage as well as our commitment to the sea. A genealogical gift that has been passed down for thousands of years, I do my part so that it will be […]
  • How Living On A Boat Will Change Your Life

    Poema Waiakea Ohana
    Poema du Prel has been living on her 30 foot sailboat, Black Pearl, in Tahiti for the past few years. The best part? Seeing the blue sky over the ocean from her bed.  The challenges? Having to fix leaks and broken engines alone. Waiakea: Are you ever fearful? Poema: I get scared sometimes, but I have an automatic switch inside of me that turns “fear” off so that I can keep my mind focused on what I need to […]
  • So Long Summer Sale

    So Long Summer Sale Waiakea Blog
    It’s been a great summer for the Waiakea team, filled with family & friends, creativity, long nights, early mornings, and steady growth. We’re sad to see it go, but grateful for the opportunities we were offered and connections that were made over the past 3 months. SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS Installed another 2 water pumps in Kasonda and Kathobwa, Malawi, providing 236 community members with clean and protected drinking water. There is little that is more rewarding. Welcomed Willie Kessel to our […]
  • Health Benefits of Drinking Alkaline Water

    Water is water, right? Not really. It’s no secret that water is essential to life. Unfortunately, in today’s world it is not enough to simply turn on your tap and drink the requisite eight glasses per day. In order to be healthy, the body must maintain a pH balance—it must be equally acidic and alkaline. The benefits of drinking alkaline water helps the realities of day-to-day life—high stress levels, environmental toxins, and especially the overconsumption […]
  • Willie Kessel: Move, Inspire, Evoke

    Willie Kessel Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water Ohana
    Growing up on a seaside avocado ranch in southern California, Willie has always been influenced by the ocean and its surroundings. Willie believes photography is highly interactive, in that he is sharing his personal lens with the world so that it may move, inspire, or evoke. Waiakea is thrilled to have Willie Kessel as a member of the growing Waiakea Ohana. His talent and understanding of how to capture the dynamic elements of the ocean, water, and […]