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Kokua Initiative: Bringing Awareness to Substance Abuse

Waiakea's Kokua Initiative is a 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. We're proud to be the first beverage company in Hawai’i to fully compensate each employee to volunteer at least 8 hours of their time, every month, for a variety of local [...]
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Empowering Malawians to Build Better Lives

Last year, we launched our Give Back Friday campaign to bring awareness to the world water crisis–we quadrupled our donations to Pump Aid, effectively giving 1 month of clean water for each liter of Waiakea purchased. Your support made a HUGE difference in impoverished communities in Malawi. Having clean water doesn't just mean having safe drinking water. It means that families have nutritious [...]
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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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