In order to meet this incredible demand, the company opened a new manufacturing facility in Hawaii in 2015. The founder of the company, Ryan Emmons, noted that in the first three years they went from selling just few thousand cases of bottled water a year to over 120,000. His company donates water in impoverished communities in Africa for every bottle of water they sell. This has resulted in 500 million liters of water being provided to people there who lack a source of clean water. The water is donated through a partnership Ryan Emmons formed with Pump Aid and every liter of bottled water they sell results in 650 liters of water being donated.
The Waiakea water is very rich in minerals as it is sourced from an active volcano at Waiakea springs at the base of it. It is a great source of electrolytes and is naturally alkaline. As an environmentally responsible company, the water is sold in 100% recycled (rPET) bottles. Emmons has noted that his company was the first one in the industry that was certified as CarbonNeutral which was an important ethical achievement for the company.
In June 2017, Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water was named as the best volcanic bottled water brand in the world by 10 Best Water. They noted that Waiakea tasted very high quality and has healthy natural minerals. Additionally, they noted that the company has a fast bottling process which means it tastes very fresh and natural when it is opened.