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The Kokua Initiative: Honoring Boogie Kalama

A crew member on the double hulled outrigger canoe, The Hokule'a, that voyaged from Hawaii to Tahiti in 1976, George "Boogie" Kalama was known as a man of the Land and Sea. He was said to be deeply spiritual and a great comfort to those around him, truly embodying the essence of "aloha." He was well known in the Big Island community as someone who cared and gave to anyone in need. Boogie Kalama [...]
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Access To Clean Water In Malawi: Pump Aid's Impact

There's a major threat wreaking havoc on third world countries. Water-borne diseases festering in pools of unclean water kill more people per year than violence, including war. One of these deadly diseases is diarrhea, and because most people lack the proper treatment it has become the fifth leading cause of death in Malawi. And the younger generations are at an even greater risk. About 45% of [...]
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Introducing: Waiakea's Kokua Initiative

In 2019, we're committed to using our time and resources to help others in our local communities. Introducing: The Kokua Initiative. This is Waiakea’s new landmark program for investing in local community projects and non-profits. The Kokua Initiative focuses primarily on education, addiction, and environmental stewardship here in Hawai’i. While Waiakea already has a handful of firsts, we're [...]
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Outrigger Canoeing with Charlee Rowe

Much like football on the mainland and soccer in Latin America, outrigger canoe paddling is an integral part of Islander culture, registered as the official state sport here in Hawai’i. Outrigger canoeing dates back to 200 AD and is a strong reminder of the importance of the ocean in Hawaiian daily life. We sat down with Charlee, a Waiakea employee and Hilo local, to learn more about outrigger [...]
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The Gift of Clean Water: Pump Aid

Having access to clean water is something we can easily take for granted. Today, 650 million people lack daily access to safe drinking water and 2.3 billion people live without basic sanitation. In Africa alone, women spend 40 billion hours a year collecting contaminated water. Water-born diseases kill more people every year than violence, including war. 43 percent of these deaths are in children [...]
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Dehydration: Symptoms, Tips and Tricks

 The average human body is made of 50-65% water and helps your body perform a variety of vital functions. This includes enabling blood flow, metabolizing food, flushing toxins from the body, regulating body temperature, lubricating joints, and protecting your organs. Our body is constantly losing water when we sweat, urinate, and breathe. Dehydration is the harmful reduction in the amount of [...]
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For A Second Year In A Row, Waiakea Makes the 2018 Inc. 5000 List!

For a second year in a row, Waiakea is proud to announce its inclusion in the Inc. 5000's list of the fastest growing companies in America. Ranked 774, Waiakea is amongst some of 2018's most innovative companies including THINX, GrubHub, Peloton, PopSockets, and Patagonia.
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Recycling Symbols: What Can You Actually Recycle?

Between navigating through the arrows, circles, and numbers, recycling symbols can quickly turn into a code we have to decipher. All we're trying to do is take care of our 'Aina! Unfortunately, when codes aren't clear and people aren't educated on what they mean, recyclables of all kinds end up getting dumped into one giant bin. When this happens, recycling isn't as effective as it should be and [...]
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Water Fasting: What Is It and Should You Do It?

Water fasting. What is it? Why do people do it? Is it safe? These are all the questions we had when we first heard about water fasting. Although new to western medicine, it's an ancient technique used in eastern medicine to detox and treat chronic diseases. Like every other diet "trend" that's out there, advocates share all the benefits, while opposers share the dangers. First, let's start with [...]
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Press Play: Waiakea Summer On Repeat

What's summer without the perfect tunes? Whether you're roadtrippin', spending all day at the beach, or having a backyard BBQ, a summer playlist is essential. We've gathered some of our favorite summer vibe songs that we can't help but have on repeat this season 🎶 
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From Hawai'i to Ecuador: Taste & Design Awards 2018

Waiakea made its way around the world to Machachi, Ecuador for the FineWaters Tasting Competitions! Every year, FineWaters hosts this competition where premium bottled water companies from around the world compete head to head for a chance to win awards based on taste and design in the still and sparkling water space.
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5 Instagramable Summer Activities (On A Budget)

Summer is officially here! We don't know about you, but we've already got some activities down on our to-do list. Need some inspiration? Here are our top five favorite ways to have an awesome summer while ballin' on a budget... did we mention they're instagramable, too?
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