KILAUEA, Kaua‘i, Hawaii— A wonderful new playground officially opening to the World today marks the realization of a vision conceived more than five years ago by husband and wife Hawai‘i Volcanic Water founders and long time Kauai residents, Jason and Channon Donovan.
Built almost entirely from recycled plastic and locally sourced non-toxic natural building materials, the new playground at the Anaina Hou Community Park in Kilauea will take keiki (children) and adult explorers on a journey through the creation and history of the Hawaiian Islands.
In the center of the playground, there is an impressive erupting volcano climbing structure. Next, explorers can imagine navigating the Pacific Ocean with the stars as their guide like the original Polynesian settlers did on a double-hulled Hawaiian ocean sailing canoe. Then, there is an extensive multi-level ahupua‘a (mountain-to-ocean land area) themed structure ready for adventure. There are also sugarcane era trains, and many other fun surprises in store for young and old alike to discover together.
“The project was inspired by our son Finn when he was five years young while we were playing at a science themed eco-playground in South Florida. We had so much fun it was hard to leave, so Finn and I decided we needed to build an eco-learning playground where we live on Kauai,” explains Jason. “Huge mahalos to Joan and Bill Porter for accepting our proposal and for donating the land, initial funding, and wonderful heart and soul to make this happen for everyone who lives on or visits Kauai.”
Donovan credits local contractor now master playground builder Bill Chase and the pros at www.playgroundsbyleathers.com for making the vision become “A solid and safe reality.” Special thanks are also given to the Anaina Hou team of Thomas Daubert, Jen Luck and Frank Rothschild for their support and for seeing the project through to fruition. He also expresses deep gratitude for the hundreds of people who volunteered their time, donated money and contributed positive Mana (powerful energy) towards creating the playground. “It takes a village!” says Donovan.
“I would like to thank the Donovans for their generous contribution and for putting our environment and children before profits. As a surfer, I truly appreciate their mission to reduce single-use plastic bottles,” said Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami. “I also commend the Porters for providing a gathering place for our community, as Anaina Hou Community park is a true gem for all.”
The playground is located within the Anaina Hou Community Park at 5-2723 Kuhio Hwy. in Kilauea.
About Hawai‘i Volcanic Water
Hawai‘i Volcanic Water is Hawaii’s #1 premium drinking water brand from Hawaii, for Hawaii.
Founded by husband and wife Jason and Channon Donovan in 2014, the company is a mission-focused, super premium, naturally alkaline beverage and active lifestyle brand based in Hawaii. The company promotes “Living Aloha” by sponsoring and actively putting together hundreds of local Pono (Doing what’s right) programs throughout the State such as the new Kauai eco-playground, beach & reef cleanups, and bringing ocean debris collecting “Seabins” to Hawai’i in early 2019 to name a few.
The source of this healthy and delicious water is located at the companies bottling plant, deep within an abundant artesian aquifer on the slopes of the sacred Mauna Loa volcano on Hawaii island. The waters naturally alkaline pH level averages 8+. Rain and snowmelt is filtered over decades through nearly15,000 feet of mineral rich ancient lava rock into the aquifer, which has been sustainably recharged by more than one billion gallons of water each day every day for approximately one million years.
The Company is proud to call itself “Solutionary” which means it is heavily involved and invested in the research, development, and implementation of good for the Earth environmentally friendly packaging materials such as glass, recycled plastic (RPET), and no plastic tetra-paks. The company also supports the perfection of new algae-based plastics still in development that will be biodegradable and marine degradable. Once bottles can be produced from this material that are proven consumer-safe and shelf-stable, Hawai‘i Volcanic will be one of the first companies in the World to adopt this Eco-Packaging.
Globally, Hawai‘i Volcanic supports WavesForWater.org and OneDrop.org, both nonprofits that are working hard to provide safe access to clean drinking water to those who need it most. Learn more: www.hawaiivolcanic.com. Join us and be a part of the aloha movement @hawaiivolcanic #hawaiivolcanicwater – Mahalo!