Weston James Manaʻoʻiʻo "Mana" Purdy
Mana joined our Kona office in July 2013. His role at the Trust will focus on Keahuolū master planning efforts, with particular emphasis on the Trust's conservation and interpretive activities.
Mana was born and raised in Waimea on Hawai’i island and is a graduate of Hawai’i Preparatory Academy. He attended Boise State University and Northern Arizona University, where in 2012 he earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in sustainability, community, and bio-cultural diversity, and a minor in Anthropology. In college, he was a member of both football teams, a three-year Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, and two-year member of the Big Sky Conference All Academic Team.
Through internships dealing with environmental restoration, conservation and educational outreach, along with inspiring mentors, Mana has gained increased respect for cultural awareness and preservation of the island’s natural resources. Mana’s love for the ocean, people, and aloha spirit brought him back to Hawai’i.
During his free time, Mana enjoys various ocean activities, sports, playing music, and spending time with family.