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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 [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]

what makes water taste good?

How would you describe the flavor profile of your average glass of water? “Tasteless," “plain," "nothing" are words that might come to mind. But, if you take a second to really taste your water (que water snobs), you may find that there's definitely a unique taste and mouthfeel to be discovered.
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Water & Weight Loss: What’s The Deal?

Water can do some pretty magical things for your body. But can it help you lose weight? The short answer is yes. With conflicting opinions and studies floating around, we've curated a list of the top 5 ways water can help you lose weight, agreed upon by industry experts and backed by clinical studies. 1. INCREASE CALORIC BURN Drinking water actually increases the amount of calories you burn [...]
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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's often not enough to simply turn on your tap and drink the requisite eight glasses per day. While the benefits of alkaline water still requires more research, naturally alkaline water offers unique bioavailable minerals that have scientifically proven health benefits.  For more [...]
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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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What Is pH and What Does It Have To Do With Water

  pH expresses a solution's relative acidity or alkalinity on a scale that ranges from 0 to 14
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MĀLAMA I KA ‘ĀINA

Mālama i ka ‘āina: To respect and care for the land
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What Is Alkaline Water?

At its most basic level, alkaline water is water that has a pH of higher than 7. The pH simply refers to the measurement of relative hydrogen ions. The fewer hydrogen ions, the higher the pH, and the higher the pH, the higher the alkalinity.   Natural alkaline water (not to be confused with artificial alkaline water) is water that has a pH of over 7 due to its naturally high mineral content.  
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