The Easter Island Foundation was founded in 1989 with the mission of building a library on Easter Island and promoting awareness of the island’s fragile heritage. This 501(c)(3) organization has partnered with the Rapanui people and other groups and has acheived the following goals:          

  • supported the creation of the William Mulloy Library at the Museo Antropológico P. Sebastián Englert Museum on Easter Island
  • established a process to provide annual scholarships for Rapanui students who wish to continue their education
  • established a process to provide grants for research and environmental projects on Easter Island
  • sponsored International symposia about Easter Island and Polynesia
  • published books about Easter Island and Polynesia as well as the Rapa Nui Journal
  • provided books and materials for the Indigenous Guides Association and for schools on Easter Island

We invite you to join with us to help preserve this special island in the center of the world.   



RAPA NUI JOURNAL VOLUME 28:2 (October 2014)

EIF Members: Look for a copy of the latest Rapa Nui Journal in your mailbox soon!

The October 2014 issue of Rapa Nui Journal will include the following articles: The dressed stone manufacturing technology of Rapa Nui: A preliminary model based on evidence from the Rano Kau, Maunga Tararaina, and Ko Ori quarries (Patrick C. McCoy); Kinship predicaments in Rapa Nui (Easter Island): Autochthony, foreign and substantial identities (Diego Muñoz); A new manuscript of Pua Ara Hoa ‘a Rapu from the archives of William Mulloy, Part 1: Description of the manuscript (Paul Horley & Lilian López Labbé); and More on Hoa Hakananai‘a: Paint, petroglyphs, and a sledge, and the independent value of archaeological and historical evidence (Mike Pitts). Reports and Commentaries will include: The Fritz Felbermayer legacy (Betty Haoa Rapahango & Tania Basterrica Brockman); Terevaka Archaeological Outreach 2014 field report: Meeting community objectives (Britton Shepardson, et al.; Representations of Rapa Nui in Chilean literature: The case of Pablo Neruda (Marisol Galilea) and Impacts to tourism and loss of cultural heritage from climate change and adaptation recommendations (Petra Campbell, Grant McCall, & Angelique Easton). Also included will be Getting to Know You (Burkhard Vogt), book reviews and island and Pacific news items of interest. To subscribe or renew your membership, please download and mail or fax the form available on our Membership page. To view the tables of contents from past issues, please click on the link on the right sidebar.   

Rapa Nui Journal articles now available in pdf format!

We are pleased to announce that Rapa Nui Journal back issues and articles are now available on our website. Early volumes (1-7) can be downloaded as entire issues. For later volumes (8-25), pdfs of individual articles are available. Please visit the Tables of Contents page on the right sidebar and click on the link below each listed issue or article to download a pdf.

We are greatly indebted to Dan and Katherine Ingersoll for getting this project off the ground by scanning and providing pdfs of the first 23 volumes. RNJ Editor Mara Mulrooney and Bishop Museum Archaeology Collections Intern Channing Stephens provided pdfs of the remaining volumes and separated the back issues into individual articles for the website. We thank everyone who helped this project come to fruition! Hard copy back issues from various years are still available for purchase from the EIF; please contact our office for details. Current issues from the past two years will continue to be available by subscription only.

EIF Scholarship Application for 2015 now available!

Providing scholarships to students with Rapanui ancestry who wish to further their education is a mission objective of the Easter Island Foundation. Rapanui college students who wish to apply should review the requirements and details on our scholarship application information page:

Easter Island Foundation Scholarship Information

Due to the generosity of our donors and partners, especially the Fraternal Order of Moai, EIF was able to award ten scholarships in 2014! Please visit the link below to read about our 2014 scholarship recipients:

2014 Easter Island Foundation Scholarship Recipients 




The 9th International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific will be held from 21-26 June 2015 at the Ethnological Museum, Dahlem, Berlin (Germany) and will be be jointly organized by The German Archaeolgical Institute (DAI), the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, and the HafenCity University Hamburg.  For more information, please visit the link below or contact: info.kaak “at” dainst.de

    9th International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific




Rapanui pianist Mahani Teave and theToki School of Music and the Arts on Easter Island recently raised over $60,000 towards building the first phase of the school in a fundraising campaign! EIF supports Toki and their educational mission. We thank to everyone who donated to this wonderful project! For more information, click on the link below:

Earthship Music School Easter Island – TOKI 


Visit the link to El Correo del Moai below for news from Rapa Nui:

El Correo del Moai

Visit the link below for the latest issue of Apuntes del Museo [Notes from the from the Museo Antropologico P. Sebastian Englert (MAPSE) on Rapa Nui]:

Apuntes del Museo



Sunday, 7 December 2014, 7 PM

An evening of Hawaiian music with Hu’ewa

Grange Hall, 2280 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo

Hula Halau Hoapili Pomaika’i Aloha is excited to host Hu’ewa, the newest upcoming band from Hawaii.   The acoustic band features three talented young men between the ages of 15 and 23 with falsetto voice and harmonies coupled with instruments of ukulele, guitar and bass.  Their repertoire is reminiscent of the good ole days in Hawaii adding a youthful new,  fresh sound. Tickets are $22.


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