SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Manaʻo Nui awards merit-based scholarships for students of Native Hawaiian ancestry pursuing an education in the maritime industry and ocean-related careers.

We welcome all Hawaiian applicants who are, or will be, in a post-secondary institution or training program toward a marine career. More than just providing financial aid, our goal is for Hawaiʻi’s youth to achieve long-term sustainability and success. Find out more about our Scholarship recipients below.

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Gyle McGurn

2014 Scholarship Recipient

Kamaʻaina to the island of Maui.
Graduate of Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus in 2014.
Entered California Maritime Academy in 2014.
Graduated California Maritime Academy in 2018.

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Duke Quitevis

2016 Scholarship Recipient

Kamaʻaina to Kāneʻohe on the island of O‘ahu.
Graduate of Kamehameha Kapālama Campus in 2014.
Entered California Maritime Academy in 2016.
Graduated from California Maritime Academy in 2020.

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Hiʻilei Robinson

2017 Scholarship Recipient

Kamaʻaina to the island of Maui.
Graduate of Seabury Hall in 2017.
Entered California Maritime Academy in 2017.
Graduated from California Maritime Academy in 2021.

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Christopher "Kalani" Asano

2019 Scholarship Recipient

Kamaʻaina to the islands of Kauaʻi and O‘ahu.
Graduated from Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus in 2016.
Entered California Maritime Academy in 2019.
Graduation from California Maritime Academy projected Dec. 2022.

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Kala Ellis

2021 Scholarship Recipient

Kama‘aina of Nu‘uanu on this island of O‘ahu.
Graduated from Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus in 2021.
Entered California Maritime Academy in 2021.
Graduation from California Maritime Academy projected for 2026.

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Sarai Shepard

2021 Scholarship Recipient

Kama‘aina of Honolulu on this island of O‘ahu.
Graduated from Halau Kū Māna Public Charter School in 2021.
Entered California Maritime Academy in 2021.
Graduation from California Maritime Academy projected for 2025.

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Abigail "Malu" Wright

2022 Scholarship Recipient

Kama‘aina of Kāneʻohe on this island of O‘ahu.
Graduated from Hakipuʻu Learning Academy in 2019.
Entered California Maritime Academy in 2022.
Graduation from California Maritime Academy projected for 2026.