After dropping out of high school because of negative peer influence, Manu returned to Maui from the mainland in 2007. He found out about the Automotive Summer Bridge program offered at University of Hawaii Maui College and was in need of financial assistance.
Ku’ina was able to pay for Manu’s tuition which exposed him to the profession of automotive mechanics. This motivated Manu to attain his GED at Hui Malama where Ku’ina was able to continue to provide him with tuition assistance and support.
After five months of attending Hui Malama, Manu earned his GED certificate. This has helped Manu obtain a full-time job in the construction field. After a short break from school, Manu returned to school to attain his Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts.