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What We Do


The Easter Island Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that promotes the preservation of Rapa Nui heritage and culture through education.

The foundation was created in 1989 to give back to a community that has inspired the world with its rich history, vibrant culture and monumental treasures.


The Easter Island Foundation has awarded over 100 college scholarships to students of Rapa Nui ancestry.

We believe that education and opportunity strengthens the individual, family, economy and community as a whole. You can see a current and past list of our scholarship recipients and learn how they are making a difference in their community today.

Thank you for supporting the Rapa Nui people!

You can make a secure donation online.

The Easter Island Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity.

All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

If you prefer to send a check, please download the donation form and send to:

The Easter Island Foundation

P.O. Box 2284

Santa Maria, CA


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Our Partners


The Easter Island Foundation has provided funding for several programs  on the island, including Toki Rapa Nui School of Music and the Arts, Terevaka Archaeological Outreach Program, and the William Mulloy Library.

We also have partners that support us, including the Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation (FOM) and the Wold Foundation.





Dr. Georgia Lee began publishing the Rapa Nui Journal in 1986. It has been described as the “premiere source for Easter Island events and scientific studies.” The Rapa Nui Journal is currently published in a partnership with the University of Hawai’i Press.