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.   



Rapanui pianist Mahani Teave, of the Toki School of Music and the Arts on Easter Island (pictured below), has more than 70 children attending free classes in violin, piano, cello, ukulele, and viola. Currently the classes are held in shared spaces with no fixed hours or  facilities for keeping the  instruments safe. Mahani’s dream is to house her music school in a permanent building on Easter Island. Mahani raised over $60,000 towards building the school in a recent fundraising campaign! Thanks to everyone who donated to this wonderful project!  For more information, click on the link below:

Earthship Music School Easter Island – TOKI 


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.

Upcoming Local Event:

2014 Ho'ike Walk into the light[1]

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.

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.



Our largest issue thus far, this issue includes the following articles: New Zealand place names shared with Central East Polynesia (Andrew Crowe); Ascension: Proposal for a reconstruction of Ure Vaeiko’s Apai recitation (M. de Laat); Hoa Hakananai‘a, an Easter Island statue now in the British Museum, photographed in 1868 (Mike Pitts); Comment on M. Pitts’ Hoa Hakananai‘a, an Easter Island statue now in the British Museum, photographed in 1868 (Jo Anne Van Tilburg). Reports will include: Comments on historical images of the moai Hoa Hakananai‘a (Georgia Lee, Paul Horley, and Paul Bahn); Coastal climate change impacts for Easter Island in 2100 (Lincoln Quilliam, Ron Cox, Petra Campbell, and Michael Wright); The Forsters back in the spotlight: Unknown manuscript discovered in Poland (Zuzanna Jakubowska). 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.    




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

    9th International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific


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


Retracing Routledge: An English Expedition to Easter Island  

The expedition, led by Susie Stephen (pictured below), followed portions of the route of Katherine Routledge on the 1914 Mana Expedition to Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Beginning in Darlington, England, the expedition visited three countries and crossed two oceans to eventually arrive on Rapa Nui. Along the way, they examined the environmental changes that have taken place since the Mana Expedition sailed one hundred years ago, and raised awareness about environmental issues on Rapa Nui.


To read more about the expedition, including details of Susie’s 9 hour, 40 mile run along the Ara Mahiva, click on the Retracing Routledge link below:  

Retracing Routledge 

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