Weston James Manaʻoʻiʻo "Mana" Purdy
Mana joined the Liliʻuokalani Trust in 2013. Mana oversees the stewardship of the Hawaiʻi Island lands that are not encumbered by lease or development activity. His kuleana includes the ongoing conservation and preservation efforts of the natural and cultural resources, leading the Kona ʻĀina teams, and developing community relationships.
Mana is a Pacific Resiliency Fellow; a program that brings together rising thought leaders of the Pacific region to affect change to address conservation, sustainability and natural resource management challenges throughout the Pacific. Mana also sits on the Kona Village Business Improvement District board and the West Hawaiʻi Blue Zones Project leadership team.
Mana was born and raised in Waimea, Hawaiʻi Island and is a graduate of Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy. He attended Boise State University and Northern Arizona University, earning a B.S. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in sustainability, community, and bio-cultural diversity, and a minor in Cultural 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.
During his free time, Mana enjoys spending time with his ‘ohana in the outdoors, whether on the ranch, in the roping pen, fishing, surfing, camping, or bbq’ing on Sundays cheering on the Miami Dolphins!
Mana is forever grateful and humbled for the opportunity to learn from and serve Hawaiʻi's people and places.