The Easter Island Foundation was originally founded to create a research library on Rapa Nui to house the collections of anthropologist William Mulloy, and to encourage study and research about the island. The Foundation provides a forum for a variety of programs and activities designed to further knowledge of the vast region of Oceania.
The Objectives of the Easter Island Foundation
- to provide for financial aid and scholarships to academically promising Easter Island students of Rapanui heritage to assist or enable them to attend accredited colleges and universities;
- to provide support for the William Mulloy Library, a research library on Easter Island;
- to promote and stimulate interest and research on Easter Island and other Polynesian islands by anthropologists, archaeologists, geologists, linguists and members of other scientific, historical and cultural disciplines;
- to work for the conservation and protection of Easter Island, its history, culture and environment and to encourage economic activities on Rapa Nui that will not only benefit the Rapanui people but also honor and maintain the environment and the cultural character of the island;
- to inform and educate local, national, and international communities as well as the general public with regard to the importance and significance of Easter Island’s unique heritage and priceless monumental treasures;
- to facilitate communication and encourage research among anthropologists, archaeologists, geologists, linguists, historians and other interested parties through the publication of the Rapa Nui Journal (University of Hawai’i Press) as well as supporting regional, national or international scientific conferences related to Easter Island and the Pacific region; and
- to develop an endowment fund through investments, bequests, gifts, corporate and Easter Island Foundation contributions and other related sources to provide a pool of financial resources for the support of the Foundation’s programs.