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


Kupu, Hawaii’s leading conservation and education organization, recently launched the Pacific Resiliency Fellows (PRF) Program. They are seeking emerging leaders in Hawaii and the broader Pacific to join their first cohort of Fellows. The program targets early to mid-career conservation and sustainability professionals and community members from across the Pacific region, with the goal of helping to support the development of resilient communities. The program will provide mentorship, networking, field-based learning, and leadership and professional development training and opportunities. Applicants must reside in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Rapa Nui or Palau.

Please visit www.kupuhawaii.org for program information and to apply. APPLICATIONS  DUE MARCH 1.


Image courtesy of Sky 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



The final issue of Rapa Nui Journal Vol. 30(2) was dedicated to Georgia Lee. A limited number of copies of this issue are available from the EIF; please contact us for details.

Contents of the Rapa Nui Journal Volume 30 Number 2 (October 2016):

Rapa Nui rock art in context: Steps toward an understanding of the inscribed landscape of the Rano Kau caldera by Patrick C. McCoy; Ana O Keke and Ana More Mata Puku – The neru caves of Easter Island by Hartwig-E. Steiner; Designs carved on the Rapa Nui stone pillows (ngarua) by José Miguel Ramírez-Aliaga; Terevaka Archaeological Outreach (TAO) 2016 field report: Exploring a new dimension by Britton L. Shepardson and others; The search for Thomson’s “lost platform”,  Ahu Rikiriki by Paul Horley; Correspondence between Thor Heyerdahl and Max Puelma Bunster concerning Rapanui Manuscript E by Reidar Solsvik, and Remembering Georgia Lee by various authors.

To renew your Easter Island Foundation 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.  

EIF Scholarship awards for 2017

The Easter Island Foundation has awarded 8 scholarships to the following Rapanui students for the 2017 academic year:


Clockwise from upper left: Noah Paoa Kannegiesser, Emilou Benitez Tepano, Oscar Pakomio Jara, Marari Riroroco Cabezas, Maeha Leon Duran, Nicanor Machuca Haoa, Tipanie Blanco Velasquez, Americo Loyola Edmunds

Please visit the link below to read more about each student, their field of study and their scholarship award: 
We are so very grateful to The Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation, and to everyone 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. 

2018 Easter Island Foundation Scholarship Awards will be announced in late February.

New publication by Rhys Richards


Description: As soon as Captain Cook had shown how to cross the Pacific Ocean safely, foreign traders began to exploit the Pacific hemisphere for personal profit. There was no coordinated plan. Just a straggle of single voyages by bold captains ready to brave the unknown, to sail into the vast Pacific where only a few very narrow tracks had been charted. For in those early days, open spaces on maps and charts did not indicate an absence of land, but rather an absence of knowledge, and the prospect of unknown dangers. Thus in one generation, from 1780 to 1830, the early traders were often explorers themselves. This book explores how 25 colourful but barely-known traders expanded Pacific trade episodically, striving for profits day by day and year by year. The traders knew that unless their travels were highly profitable, more voyages would not be repeated. It is only in retrospect that their episodic voyages appear as if cumulative, as if opening the Pacific to British, American and other foreign ‘development.’ This unprecedented collection combines scattered sources from the UK, USA and elsewhere into one Pacific narrative. Though presented as history and geography, this entirely new review provides a gold mine for novelists who choose to romanticise the hardships and triumphs of the early trans-Pacific traders from 1780-1830.

Rhys Richards, a former career diplomat, has lived and traveled extensively in Polynesia and Melanesia. He has published sixteen of his books since 1986, while another eleven have been published elsewhere. Rhys was awarded the prestigious L.Byrne Waterman award, ‘for Maritime History,’ in 2000.

For information on ordering:

Bold Captains Ordering Info

 New publications from Rapanui Press

Rapanui Press celebrated the launching of two new books: Rongorongo and Kainga: Una Historia Familiar, at the Museo Fonck in Viña del Mar on September 8 2017. Two of EIF’s past scholarship recipients were involved in the event: Tarita Alarcón Rapu, Regional Advisor for Easter Island, and Cecilia Hormazabal Araki, Director of the Te Moana Ori Rapa Nui group.

Another new book from Rapanui Press, Te Poki Rapanui:

1 invita POKI

New Book ~ Birds of Eastern Polynesia. A Biogeographic Atlas

by Jean-Claude Thibault, Alice Cibois, published in 2017 by Lynx edicions

Birds of Eastern Polynesia is the first biogeographic atlas covering all of the birds of one of the largest areas of Oceania. The book treats all of the 241 species, including extinct birds, ever recorded on the Line Islands, the Cook, Austral, Society, Marquesas, Tuamotu and Gambier archipelagos, the Pitcairn Group, and the Eastern Is. Group. Their distribution over the 151 islands of the region is detailed in 142 maps. The species accounts include systematics, a detailed morphometric or genetic analysis when it is available, and data on distribution, population size and trends, habitat and breeding. All species recorded in Eastern Polynesia are illustrated in colour, except those only known by bone records.  Birds of Eastern Polynesia represents an original and much needed ornithological synthesis of all the available literature on Eastern Polynesian birds, including many difficult-to-find reports, as well as unpublished data gathered from local ornithologists and biologists. It also contains new data collected by the authors during numerous field trips in Eastern Polynesia and during visits to museum collections. This work presents a complete overview of this vast oceanic region for anyone with an interest in the biology, biogeography and conservation of the birds of the Pacific islands. 

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 [8-28], 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.

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.  TAO’s successful 2016 field season is detailed in the final issue of  Rapa Nui Journal Vol. 30(2). EIF supports TAO and their commitment to education and preservation of the natural and cultural heritage of Easter Island.

Due to the generosity of the Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation, EIF was able to support Terevaka Archaeological Outreach’s educational mission with a donation in 2017.

Please visit the link below to watch a new video about the 2017 TAO program:

TAO Promotional Video 2017



Rapanui pianist Mahani Teave and the Toki School of Music and the Arts on Easter Island  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!

Due to the generosity of the Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation, EIF was able to continue to support Toki Rapa Nui’s educational mission with a donation in 2017.

For more information about Toki Rapa Nui, please visit the links below:

Toki Rapa Nui Facebook page

Earthship Music School Easter Island – TOKI