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.
The October 2014 issue of Rapa Nui Journal will include the following articles: The cut and dressed stone 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:
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:
CULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DYNAMICS
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
NEWS FROM EASTER ISLAND
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:
Visit the link to El Correo del Moai below for news from Rapa Nui:
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]:
Upcoming Local Event:
Please join Ohana Dance Group for an evening of hula at The Clark Center for the Performing Arts in Arroyo Grande on Saturday November 8th at 7 P.M. Refreshments will be served immediately after and there will be an assortment of Hawaiian items for sale in the lobby prior to the show, during intermission and after the show. Advance tickets will be available at the EIF office in Los Osos.