Founder, David H. Gilmour
Canadian-born David H. Gilmour is a wellness advocate and life-long entrepreneur. Gilmour is the founder of FIJI Water, among many other successful businesses and ventures. Gilmour first saw the 2,200-acre island of Wakaya in 1972, and purchased it soon after. In 1990, Gilmour and his wife Jill opened The Wakaya Club & Spa, one of the world’s finest tropical resorts (www.wakaya.com). Far from the globe’s commercial and industrial centers, Wakaya boasts one of the purest ecosystems in the world. The nutrient-rich virgin volcanic soil became the foundation of an extraordinary and unique product line, called simply Wakaya Perfection. David H. Gilmour’s new memoir, Start Up, is now available in paperback as an ebook at Zinio.com and via other major online retailers.
The Story of Wakaya
Wakaya is a 2,200-acre island in the Fiji archipelago. Here, organic ginger grows in a nutrient-rich soil created by thousands of years of natural erosion of volcanic rock. This volcanic soil is high in beneficial minerals, especially trace elements that are vital to human wellness.
Organic farming commenced on Wakaya Island long before the current farm-to-table trend gained popularity. Due to the geographic isolation of the island, organic farming is a necessity. It also allows us to maintain the purity of the island and to ensure the health and well-being of Wakaya’s culture.
Using our own proprietary strain of Pink Fijian Ginger, we plant, till and harvest exclusively by hand, and the tropical rains are Wakaya’s sole source of irrigation. Our ginger and dilo plants are both free of industrial pollutants, chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Wakaya Perfection Ginger is processed by hand. We grow our unique Fijian pink ginger in wide, sloping paddocks at a high elevation to prevent erosion. We hand-harvest our crops in paddocks to eliminate a mechanical footprint that could compromise the integrity of the crops. No machinery touches our ginger crops, only caring hands cultivate the earth. No chemically treated water is ever used in irrigation. All washing of crops prior to processing is done with fresh rainwater from our catchment system.
The People and Culture of Wakaya
The warmth and spirit of the Fijian people are the heart and soul behind Wakaya Perfection. Their connection to the land make them the purest of all Wakaya's many treasures. They are involved in the planting, harvesting, processing and the packaging of our products. If you have the opportunity to meet a Fijian we guarantee that you will without exception develop an instant and profound respect for their way of life and family-first approach.
The Wakaya Club & Spa
On the island of Wakaya, Fiji, David and Jill Gilmour have created a small eco-friendly resort that offers guests an experience of renewal and discovery through a luxurious vacation in an unspoiled corner of the world. The Gilmours have set a new standard for tourism as the foundation for ecologically sound economic development that contributes to the quality of life for the people of Fiji.
By any definition, Wakaya is a treasure. It remained uninhabited for 140 years until the Gilmours purchased the island in 1973. In 1990, they opened The Wakaya Club & Spa as a small, private luxury resort that offers an extraordinary vacation experience to a handful of guests.
This serene retreat provides gracious living, sophisticated, international cuisine and unparalleled leisure opportunities, including some of the finest scuba diving and snorkeling in one of the most secluded and pristine corners of the South Pacific.