A graduate of Kamehameha and UH Mānoa's Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Manu Boyd's career focuses on communications, Hawaiian cultural development, history, education and performing arts. In 1995, Boyd graduated as kumu hula from Hālau Nā Kamalei O Līlīlehua, and has been a student of Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero since 1978. He established his own school, Hālau o ke ‘A‘ali‘i Kū Makani, in 1997. Boyd is recognized as one Hawai‘i's foremost haku mele (composers) and recently recorded a collection of new Hawaiian music. He served as president of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu, which was founded in 1918 by Prince Kalaniana‘ole to elevate the social and intellectual status of Hawaiians and to increase pride in race heritage.