Manaʻo Nui awards grants to nonprofit 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 philosophy is simple, but it runs deep in all they do. 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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

Dave Lyman Scholarship Fund

Manaʻo Nui proudly supports the Dave Lyman Memorial Scholarship Fund 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. READ MORE

Kanu o ka ʻĀina Learning ʻOhana

Founded in 2000, the Kanu o Ka ʻĀina Learning ʻOhana (KALO) is an advocacy organization promoting teacher education, charter schools, and innovative classroom models. KALO is rooted in Hawaiian culture and values, advocating educational practices for a sustainable Hawaiʻi. READ MORE

Kea‘au High School Social Studies Department

The Social Studies Department at Keaʻau High School serves the students of Keaʻau on Hawaiʻi island. This public school, established in 2000, is geared toward improving student achievement and creating effective administrators and teachers. READ MORE