Manaʻo Nui awards grants to non-profit schools and agencies which empower the Native Hawaiian community.

These grants support organizations with ties to the ocean, perpetuating our values rooted deeply in Native Hawaiian culture. Find out more about our grant recipients below.

Akaʻula School on Molokaʻi

Akaʻula School on Molokaʻi was established in Fall 2003 and opened in school year 2004-’05.  Their core values are ʻIke, Laulima, Pono, Malama, and Kuleana. Thanks to Manaʻo Nui’s donation, Akaʻula School was able to extend and improve their existing curriculum.  The school values its ability to improve and tailor a rich curriculum according to the changing needs of the students and of Molokaʻi.  Around 75% if the school's enrollment is part-Hawaiian or Hawaiian.  Support from organizations like Manaʻo Nui allows the school's curriculum to further align to their values and their connection to their community.

Aloha United Way

Aloha United Way (AUW) has been at the center of Hawaiʻi’s community volunteerism since 1919. AUW goes beyond raising funds by leading local, sustainable solutions to improve the health, education, and financial stability of every person on the islands.

Daniel K. Inouye Institute Fund

The Daniel K. Inouye Institute was established to honor Senator Inouye’s legacy in civic engagement and the Asian American/Pacific story. The fund supports academic programs in STEM, civics, and leadership for students in Hawaiʻi, among many other initiatives.

Dave Lyman Scholarship Fund

Manaʻo Nui proudly supports the Dave Lyman Memorial Scholarship Fund's mission to enable Hawaiʻi’s aspiring maritime industry leaders to attend California State University Maritime Academy, or Cal Maritime—Captain Dave Lyman’s alma mater.  Leadership and board members behind the scholarship fund also engages with Hawaiʻi's local youth at college fairs.  Manaʻo Nui's donation to the scholarship fund helps the program continue connecting young students to opportunities and resources available on the islands to fulfill their - and Lyman's - dream for Hawaiian youth becoming the next maritime leaders.

Kanu o ka ʻĀina NCPCS

Founded in 2000, the Kanu O Ka ʻĀina New Century Public Charter School (NCPCS) is a Hawaiian-Focused Charter School in Waimea, Hawaiʻi.  Rooted in in Hawaiian culture and values, Kanu is a place for teachers to innovate curriculum through a cultural lens to engage students, while still meeting State standards. With support from Manaʻo Nui, 3rd grade students were able to travel to Maui to gain deeper understanding of the moʻolelo and mele that were integrated in their curriculum.  Students demonstrate their understanding by performing a speaking, hula, and ʻoli set at the school's hula hoʻike in May.

Kea‘au High School Social Studies Department

The Social Studies Department at Keaʻau High School serves the students of Keaʻau and Puna on Hawaiʻi island. This public school, opened in 1999, is geared toward improving student achievement and creating effective administrators and teachers.  Manaʻo Nui's donation to the Social Studies Department provided incentives for the End-of-Course Exams.  This State mandated exam is administered to all 11th graders, measuring student proficiency in U.S. History content standards.  These incentives align to the school's goals to provide a multi-dimensional approach to teaching and learning.

Papa Waʻa Program: Kanu o ʻĀina High School Project

Inspiration for the third year of this project is to expand and deepen their ability to perpetuate Hawaiian voyaging traditions and give back to the larger community.  Studying Kanaloa through ʻōlelo noʻeau, familiarizing themselves with Nā ʻOhana Hōkū ʻEhā (the four Hawaiian star families), exploring the moʻolelo of Māui, and Kūkuluokalani (Hawaiian star compass), to name a few, Manaʻo Nui assisted in the providing classroom supplies along with funds to voyage in waters off of Kaneʻohe and Kawaihae.  Connecting Hawaiian navigating traditions to the current maritime industry is wonderfully aligned with our vision.