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
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 nine scholarships in 2014! Award recipients are listed below. Please visit the link below for student photographs and bios:
Lafquen Passalaqua Hucke: Fraternal Order of Moai Ohana Award ($1000)
Paloma Riroroco Olguin: Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Award ($2000)
In the News….
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.
Mara was interviewed for NPR’s Sunday Weekend Edition, aired on 12/22/13. To listen, click on the link below:
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.
CULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DYNAMICS
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:
Across the Pacific
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 link below:
Easter Island Guided Adventure with The Wild Calls
Running after Routledge: Retracing an English Expedition to Easter Island
Susie Stephen and Tripp Clemens have planned a 2014 expedition in the footsteps of Katherine Routledge to raise environmental awareness and retrace a historic voyage: the 1914 Mana Expedition from England to Rapa Nui (Easter Island); for more details click on the link below: