The Manaʻo O Ke Kai Scholarship Program provides financial awards to Native Hawaiians who intend to pursue an ocean-related vocation or career in degree-seeking programs at accredited post-secondary educational institutions or certificate-seeking programs at marine career training schools. Scholarship awards can be used for expenses directly related to institution or school expenditures, including: tuition and fees, room and board, books and materials.

Mana‘o O Ke Kai is a Native Hawaiian Scholarship Program administered by Mana’o Nui, Inc., a Native Hawaiian Organization.  The goals of the Scholarship Program are:
  1. To support Native Hawaiians with entry into and completion of education and training programs that will prepare them for ocean related vocations and careers; and
  2. To increase the participation of Native Hawaiians in ocean related vocations and careers.


Mana‘o O Ke Kai provides financial award scholarships to qualified Native Hawaiians enrolled as students in:
  1. Degree-seeking programs at accredited post-high school educational institutions; and
  2. Certificate-seeking programs at marine career training schools.

These scholarships are not only limited to youth, but are also available to Native Hawaiian adults who wish to upgrade their skills in an ocean related vocation, for example, obtaining a master or mate’s license or qualifying as an Able Seaman.

Ocean related vocations and careers include (but are not limited to):

– Maritime vocations and careers
– Merchant Marine vocations and careers
– Careers that design, build or maintain ships
– Oceanography
– Marine or Environmental Sciences
– Aquaculture
– Marine Engineering

The scholarships are for an academic year or program term and are to be used for the standard primary cost of education (limited to tuition, fees, books, supplies, and room/board).

If you are interested in applying, please carefully review our scholarship Criteria and Application Instructions.