Photo by Caroline Pupule

What We Do


The Easter Island Foundation is a nonprofit 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.

Poster art by Jorge Alderete (Dr. Alderete)

Upcoming Events


Please join us on Saturday October 22, 2022

for the

 South Seas Film Fest

Presented by the Super Shangri-La Show

At the historic Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St., San Francisco, CA

(415) 221-3117

A full day of Polynesian films and documentaries (10 am to 11 pm)

from 1960’s films on 16mm about Easter Island to new shorts by women filmmakers

South Seas Film Festival Program

$25 for an all day pass

tickets on sale now at balboamovies.com


Bay Area tiki bars, vendors and prizes!

A benefit for the Easter Island Foundation

Buy Tickets



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.





Photo by Hilary Scothorn

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.

The Easter Island Foundation is also a resource for many rare books related to Rapa Nui and Polynesia. Check out our selection of books and publications for sale.

The Easter Island Foundation

P.O. Box 6774

Los Osos, CA 93412

if you prefer to send a check, you can download the form here:

Dear Friends of the Easter Island Foundation

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