Waiakea Water Gains Ground on Inc. 5000 List

Waiakea Hawaiian Bottled Water is now ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in the US. The company is ranked 414th in the 2017 Inc 5000 list, a status that puts it in the even more prestigious Inc. 500 list. The latter list includes big names such as Microsoft, Zappos, and GoPro, among others. Inc. 5000 will hold its annual conference on Oct. 10 in California in honor of these companies.

Every year, Inc. Magazine put together a list of the best performers, based on the last three years of operations. Between 2014 and 2016, Waiakea Water grew by 1,059.3 percent, a feat that has seen it beat thousands to be on this year’s list.

The founder, Ryan Emmons, was thrilled that his company made the list, saying that the recognition meant businesses could run successful ventures while still caring for the planet. The brand is the first of its kind in America to receive the Carbon Neutral certification, and whose bottles are 100 percent Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (RPET). To ensure sustainability of the business, the company has been partnering with local authorities in their reforestation and conservation efforts, a feat that has been lauded by environmentalists all over the country.

Waiakea Hawaiian Bottled Water is the brain-child of Emmons who founded the company in 2012. He was only 22 years old. He noted when his family was vacationing in Hawaii that the water there tasted better than most and it was in its purest form. He later went ahead to start this brand which has been growing by about 170 percent per year over the last three and a half years. The Waiakea springs water is sourced from the pristine snow peaks of Mauna Loa. As the rain water makes its way down the 14,000-feet volcanic rocks, it collects minerals that give it its unique alkaline taste. The calcium, magnesium, and potassium that it gathers along the way are a recipe for healthy skin, hair, and nails.

Waiakea partners with Pump Aid, a charity working towards the provision of clean drinking water to disadvantaged villages in Africa. To date, the partnership has lead to a donation of over 500 million liters of water.