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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 [...]
  • Hydration: It's Not Just A Millennial Thing

    Hey, I'm Christine Thuy Huong! I'm a Vietnamese Pop Singer turned Doctor of Nursing Practice and the creator of B.A.M.F. - a Women’s Wellness platform aimed to eradicate every form of lifestyle that does not support the beauty, authenticity, self-made, and fierce power of a true woman. Currently, I'm a lecturer at Cal State Fullerton for the School of Nursing and an Emergency Dept. nurse for [...]
  • Burpees, Squats, & Alkaline Water

    As someone who was “born” into the health and wellness industry, it was always a struggle for me to look the part. Even though I played sports year round, I was almost always 10-20 pounds overweight, continually felt sluggish, and never understood why. It was around that time that I finally had the realization that health isn’t just about the way you move your body, but also about what you feed [...]

A Fully Degradable Waiakea Bottle Coming in 2018

From the very start, Waiakea has been passionately committed to creating a fully sustainable end-of-life packaging option for its bottles. Five years and over 1,200 experiments later, Waiakea is proud to announce that we are one step closer to achieving a FULLY DEGRADABLE BOTTLE! Yup, you heard that right.
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Tips On How You Can Live Like It’s Earth Day, Every Day

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”- Margaret Mead   Get Fluent In Climate Change Education is the foundation for progress and it starts with bringing awareness to the unprecedented threat it poses to our planet. The time is now when it comes to educating the future generations that will be the [...]
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What Is rPET Plastic?

 PET & rPET Plastic, Defined  rPET stands for recycled polyethylene terephthalate, or recycled PET.  PET (polyethylene terephthalate) itself is a polymer used to widely manufacture affordable, durable and recyclable containers and packaging as well as a form of polyester. PET containers are identified by a #1 code on the bottom. By converting post consumer waste into a valuable resource, rPET [...]
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Riding The Wave Of Sustainability: Big Companies That Are Doing Big Things

To create meaningful change when it comes to the protection of our planet, we need to pursue sustainability at the industry level. Businesses have a unique and important opportunity to be a part of the solution. The same opportunity isn’t as readily accessible by individuals, or governments for that matter, due to lack of funding, limited reach and scale, red tape, slow governmental rulings, and [...]
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The never ending voyage of Hōkūleʻa

Back in June, Waiakea in partnership with OluKai welcomed the crew of Hawaii’s legendary Polynesian voyaging canoe, Hōkūleʻa, as they arrived in New York City, making first landfall on the mainland. Flashforward and the Hōkūleʻa is heading from Rapa Nui to Pitcarin. This marks one of the final legs of its voyage which has been dedicated to delivering the message of Malama Honu—to care for our [...]
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Reduce Waste This Holiday Season

The holidays can be a time of excess: heaps of food, piles of wrapping paper, gifts galore. Amidst all of the holiday commotion, there are a few mindful yet simple ways we can minimize waste.
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Bottled Water: A Call For Change

In a call for change, Waiakea founder Ryan Emmons talks about bottled water, sustainability, and what we can do to try and change the beverage industry for the better in a recent feature on Environmental Leader: "The sustainability of bottled water has been a consistently tested and embittered subject for a variety of reasons. Issues with its packaging and sourcing have remained high profile, [...]
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Murky Waters: California’s Water Management Lacks Transparency

Murmurs of ‘water wars’ can be heard throughout the media landscape, and for good reason.
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MĀLAMA I KA ‘ĀINA

Mālama i ka ‘āina: To respect and care for the land
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