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:          

  • established 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
  • sponsor International symposia about Easter Island and Polynesia
  • publish books about Easter Island and Polynesia as well as the Rapa Nui Journal
  • provided books and materials for the Indigenous Guides Association on the island
  • provided books and supplies for the island

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

Easter Island Foundation News

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 donwloaded 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 her staff provided pdfs of the remaining volumes and separated the issues into individual articles. 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.

2014 EIF Scholarship winners announced! 

Providing scholarships to students with Rapanui ancestry who wish to further their education is a mission objective of the Easter Island Foundation. Due to the generosity of our donors and partners, especially the Fraternal Order of Moai, we are pleased to be able to award ten scholarships in 2014! Award recipients are listed below. Please visit the link below for student photographs and bios:

2014 Easter Island Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Lafquen Passalaqua Hucke: Fraternal Order of Moai Ohana Award  ($1000)

Paloma Riroroco Olguin: Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Award ($2000)

Oscar Jara Pakomio: Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Award ($2000)
Ghislaine Tepano Tepano: Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Award ($2000)
Pamina Olivares Paoa: Easter Island Foundation Award ($1500)
Taniera Ika Guldman: Easter Island Foundation Award ($1500)
Jose Calderon Fati: Easter Island Foundation Award ($2000)
Tiare de la Puente Bernarcer: Friends of Rapa Nui Award ($2000)
Pechquinco Passalaqua Hucke: Easter Island Foundation Education Award ($2000)
Kena Tepano Riroroko: Nicolas Haoa Haoa Sr. Award ($2000)

In the News….

Easter Island has a new governor, Marta Hotus Tuki.


Pictured above, former Governor Carmen Cardinali, left, with newly elected Governor Marta Hotus Tuki, right, who took office on 12 March 2014 (photograph: gobernacion.isladepascua.gov.cl). Iorana and maururu to Gobernadora Cardinali for all her assistance with EIF’s scholarship program, and we look forward to working with Gobernadora Tuki in the future.


Rapa Nui Journal’s esteemed editor, Mara Mulrooney, has made headlines! Mara, Assistant Anthropologist at the Bishop Museum, has published an important article in the current issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science that challenges the theory that Rapa Nui society was on its way to collapse prior to European contact in 1722. Click on the links below to learn about Mara’s research that sheds new light on this subject. 

Journal of Archaeological Science abstract and info

KITV 10 Dec 13 article text

El Mercurio article 23 Dec 13 (in Spanish)

Mara was interviewed for NPR’s Sunday Weekend Edition, aired on 12/22/13. To listen, click on the link below:

NPR interview with Mara Mulrooney



RAPA NUI JOURNAL VOLUME 27 NO. 2 (current issue)

Articles include:  New insights in conservation of Sophora toromiro (Phil.) Skottsb. emblematic species of the South Pacific by Jaime Espejo and F. Rodriguez; The paintings of Ana Kai Tangata cave, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) by Georgia Lee and Paul Horley; and Temple renovations, aggregate marae, and ritual centers: the ScMo-15 Complex, Lower Amehiti District, ‘Opunohu Valley, Mo‘orea (Society Islands) by Jennifer G. Kahn; Reports include: A hydrogeologic overview and discussion of sources of groundwater pollution on Rapa Nui by Katherine Rosa; One moai’s trip to New York City: the amazing story behind stunning photographs of a Tongariki moai in New York City in 1968 by Brigid Mulloy; and Terevaka.net Archaeological Outreach 2013 field report: Approaching sustainability by Brett Shepardson. Also included are 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.          



‘Ukulele artist Ben Ahn will perform at The Hideout Cafe in Nipomo on 19 April from 7-9 pm. The event will benefit local hula halau Hoapili Pomaika’i Aloha.

The Haumana Poster_final_edit

The Haumana is coming to the Bay Theater in Morro Bay on 3 May 2014. Events begin at 11:30 (music & raffle) with the movie starting at 12:30 and music & food at Tognazzinis from 3-6 pm. This event will benefit local hula halau Na Mele o ke Kai.




For the preliminary announcement for the 9th International Conference on Easter Island & the Pacific to be held in Berlin in 2015, please visit the link below:    

9th International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific    

Across the Pacific Conference

The 20th annual conference of the New Zealand Studies Association, together with the Norwegian Maritime Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum, Oslo, and the University of South Australia, will be held in Oslo, Norway, 25-28 June 2014; for more information, please click on the links below:   

Across the Pacific Conference Information    

Across the Pacific Conference Program – List of Speakers and Events 



Visit the link to El Correo del Moai below for the latest news:

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 Easter Island]:

Apuntes del Museo


Running after Routledge: Retracing an English Expedition to Easter Island  

Susie Stephen and Tripp Clemens are currently following in the footsteps of Katherine Routledge to raise environmental awareness and retrace an historic voyage: the 1914 Mana Expedition from England to Rapa Nui. The ultimate goal of their fundraising is to purchase a Biomax sewage digesting unit for Rapa Nui.

For more details click on the Running after Routledge link below; to donate to the expedition, please visit Just Giving on the Pacific Aid Australia website link below:  

Running After Routledge 

Just Giving via Pacific Aid Australia


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