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.

Gyle McGurn

Growing up on Maui, Gyle McGurn felt most at home on the ocean. He swam, surfed, and paddled nearly every free moment; there was nothing like disconnecting and being in the open water. Although he always knew he wanted to do something on the ocean for a living, there was the question of what exactly that was. READ MORE

Hiʻilei Robinson

Driven and passionate, Hiʻilei Robinson makes the most of her opportunities. She grew up on an island in the middle of the Pacific, but she knows that the ocean is what connects her to everything around her. READ MORE

Duke Quitevis

Interview scheduled August 2022. READ MORE

Kalani Asano

Christopher "Kalani" Asano, kama'aina to the islands of Kaua'i and 'Oahu has always been near the water from a very young age.  "The ocean is where we connected with family." READ MORE

Kala Ellis

Kala Ellis, a multi-generational kama‘aina of Nu‘uanu on this island of ‘Oahu, has cultivated a deep connection to the ocean through family, friends, and school.  READ MORE