Manu Kaʻiama hails from Kaʻelepulu, Oʻahu. She has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and two master degrees, one in Accounting from the Shidler College of Business and the other in Hawaiian Studies from Kamakakūokalani Center of Hawaiian Studies. She enjoys a joint appointment as an instructor at both the School of Accountancy, Shidler College of Business and at Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. As a serious supported of higher education for our Nation, she has fundraised over 15 million dollars to be used predominantly for scholarship support for Native Hawaiian students.
As a cultural practitioner in hula and chant, she is fascinated by researching mele. Manu’s interests include value-driven Native Hawaiian businesses, Island sustainability and “thrivability,” successful economic models for independent island Nations, among other topics. She is a serious supporter of justice for Hawaiians.