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 achieved 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. 

Easter Island Foundation

P.O. Box 6774

Los Osos CA 93412

(805) 528-8558

Please help the Easter Island Foundation!

We hope you will consider supporting the Easter Island Foundation and it’s mission with a donation today (click on the form below). We deeply appreciate your support!

Easter Island Foundation Donation Form

PictureImage courtesy of Skye Bergman

Remembering Georgia Lee

Georgia Lee, founding member of the Easter Island Foundation and longtime editor of the Rapa Nui Journal, passed away at her home on July 9, 2016 after a brief illness. By her side was her granddaughter Rachel Lee and Cynthia Morin, daughter of Georgia’s lifelong partner, Frank. Georgia was loved and respected by many people. She inspired us with her sense of humor, intellect, work ethic and knowledge. Georgia will be deeply missed by her family, friends and colleagues. To read her complete obituary, please visit the first link below. A memorial scholarship fund has been set up in Georgia’s name; to donate, please download the donation form below.

 In Memoriam, Georgia Lee

Georgia Lee Memorial Scholarship Fund




Available now ~ Rapa Nui Journal Volume 30(1) May 2016

Contents of the Rapa Nui Journal Volume 30 Number 1 (May 2016) include:

Computer modeling of a turtle pendant and a moai kavakava from Easter Island by Catherine Orliac, Michel Orliac, and Paul Horley; Foreign visitors to Easter Island 1772 to 1862: Isolation proved a high price to pay by Rhys Richards; The Pacific Archive of Edwin N. Ferdon by Reidar Solsvik; Notes from the field: Ahu Nau Nau and Ahu Ature Huki, ‘Anakena, 1982 by Charles Love; Two unusual moko figurines from Peabody Essex Museum in Salem by Rafal Wieczorek; Ancient bones in honor of the goddess Sinlaku: New findings on the island of Kosrae, Eastern Micronesia by Adam Thompson and Retracing Routledge Exhibition in Darlington, England by Susie Stephen.

To subscribe or renew your membership, please contact us, or download and mail 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.  

Subscribers / EIF members please note: Due to circumstances beyond our control, the publication of the October 2016 issue of the Rapa Nui Journal is behind schedule. We hope to have the journal ready to send to you in early December. We appreciate your patience and support!



International Conference on Early Pacific Migration, 6-10 November, Ubud, Bali

This inaugural conference on early Pacific migration will bring together leading researchers to share groundbreaking studies that will show how all the pieces of the Pacific puzzle fit together. Join us for an exciting week of discussion, ground-breaking research and networking.

Mata Ki Te Rangi Foundation is thrilled with the response to our call for speakers to our conference on early Pacific migration. Master Navigator Tua Pittman will be joined by several other leading researchers, including Prof Matthew Spriggs, Burkhard Vogt, Sonia Haoa Cardinali, Agamemnon Tselikas, Andrei Tabarev, Aleksandr Popov, Rosanne Hawarden, and Daniel and Kate Ingersoll.

For more information, please visit the link below:

Conference Details – Early Pacific Migration



Contested Territories in the Pacific

The 23rd annual conference of the New Zealand Studies Association (NZSA), together with the University of Strasbourg

Strasbourg, France, 7-10 July 2017

The New Zealand Studies Association has a long and strong history in promoting New Zealand Studies, which now extends within the region through its twice-yearly Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies. Building on the successes of previous conferences held annually since 2006, this major event will be held at the University of Strasbourg.

 Proposals for 20 minute papers to be sent by 7 January to Ian Conrich (ian@ianconrich.co.uk). Papers can consider all topics related to the Pacific and New Zealand, with priority given to papers that address the theme of ‘contested territories’. Interpretations of the theme are broad and can include colonialism, neo-colonialism, multiculturalism, museum collections, land/sea claims and usage, the Gothic, the environment and climate change, war and conflict. The conference fee includes annual membership to the NZSA, which for 2017 includes a twice-yearly journal. A selection of papers from the conference will be published in the refereed Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies, published by Intellect.

The conference will accept proposals on a range of subjects including the following: literature, history, film, music, art, cultural studies, sociology, geography, tourism, war studies, politics, international relations, identity and multiculturalism, anthropology, Māori Studies, Pacific Studies, archaeology and museum studies.

Keynote speakers include: Professor Tony Ballantyne, David Blyth, James George, Dr Bronwyn Labrum, Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh, Dr Conal McCarthy, Professor Katie Pickles, Professor Nicholas Thomas and Professor Kirsten Moana Thompson.

For the conference poster and more information, please click on the link below:

Contested Territories in the Pacific


 Easter Island Foundation Scholarships for 2016

The Easter Island Foundation has awarded ten scholarships to the following Rapanui students for the 2016 academic year:

Oscar Pakomio Jara
Pechquinco Paola Passalaqua Hucke
Ghislaine Rebecca Tepano Tepano
Ariki Merino Rapu
Ma’ara Teave Atam
Americo Loyola Edmunds
Francisca Martinez Pakarati 
Marari Riroroco Cabezas
Teresita Manutomatoma Hotus 
Francisca Pakomio Villanueva
We are so grateful to our partners, especially the Fraternal Order of Moai, and all who donated to our scholarship program! These students represent the future of Rapa Nui and we are excited to be able to assist them with their studies.
For more information about individual students, click on the scholarships link on the right sidebar. 
Pictured below (L to R): Americo Loyola Edmunds (Fraternal Order of Moai Award); Viki Haoa (Island Scholarship Committee); Marla Wold (EIF Scholarship Committee Chair); Marari Riroroco Cabezas (Fraternal Order of Moai Award); Teresita Manutomatoma (Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Award); Natalia Tuki (Island Scholarship Committee); Kiva Teave Atam (sister of Ma’ara Teave Atam; Fraternal Order of Moai Award); and Oscar Pakomio Jara (Fraternal Order of Moai Roger Danger Carlson Award).

Easter Island, The Essential Guide, by Kay Kenady Sanger



Published in 2015 by the Easter Island Foundation, this is the most complete and up-to-date guidebook available. This unique publication will provide readers with information about exploring the island, important sites to visit, history, archaeology and the Rapanui people, along with where to stay, play, eat and shop. To order your copy, please visit our publications page on the right sidebar.

Rapa Nui Journal articles 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 [8-29(1)], 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 t-shirts on sale Now only $5!!!

A classic moai graphic by Tom Scalise available in XL grey or XL sage green. 

Terevaka Archaeological Outreach Program


TAO’s mission is to offer experiential learning opportunities specific to cultural and natural resources that surround the local community; to promote awareness and expertise in conservation measures and sustainable development; and document and study both cultural and natural phenomena of the past and today.  Read about TAO’s successful 2015 field season in Rapa Nui Journal 29(2). EIF supports TAO and their commitment to education and preservation of the natural and cultural heritage of Easter Island. Please click on the link below you can watch a video about the TAO program:

TAO Promotional Video



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 links below:

Toki Rapa Nui

Toki Rapa Nui Facebook page

Earthship Music School Easter Island – TOKI