Toki Rapa Nui School of Music and the Arts
Toki Rapa Nui seeks to protect the social, cultural and environmental heritage of Rapa Nui via the construction of the Toki School of Music and the Arts on Easter Island. Since 2012, NGO Toki Rapa Nui has offered music classes to children and adolescents in classical and traditional areas, with an average of 60 students per year. The Easter Island Foundation is a proud supporter of the Toki Rapa Nui School of Music through donations.
NGO Toki Rapa Nui has set an example by building the first totally self-sustainable School of Music in Latin America and works arduously on projects and education to help mitigate the problems of garbage, deforestation and scarcity of potable water.
Today only a total of 1,340 people (19% of the Rapanui ethnic group) speak the Rapanui language; another 6% understand their language but can’t speak it. Of Rapanui speakers, 77% are over 45 years of age; the language is in danger of extinction. Toki encourages children and adolescents to learn the language and traditions of the island through classes and workshops.
The Easter Island Foundation is proud to support Toki.
Mahani Teave, founder of the Toki Rapa Nui School of Music, has had an amazing year. She has released a new CD, Rapa Nui Odyssey, and is the subject of the new documentary, Song of Rapa Nui, which was nominated for an Emmy. She was interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning and National Public Radio, where she performed and a Tiny Desk Concert. We congratulate Mahani on all her accomplishments!
Please visit the links below to learn more:
Fraternal Order of Moai (FOM)
The Fraternal Order of Moai designated the Easter Island Foundation as its national charity in 2009. The FOM has supported the EIF through the Fraternal Order of the Moai Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, donating over $200,000 to date to support the great work of the EIF.
FOM’s annual fundraiser, the Ohana Luau at the Lake, has been instrumental in providing funds to support EIF’s educational mission. With FOM’s support, EIF has been able to continue to award annual scholarships to promising Rapa Nui college students (20 scholarships in 2021, with 10 funded by FOM). The success of our program and the ability to award more scholarships each year is directly due to FOM’s generosity.
FOM has also supported Toki Rapa Nui School of Music and the Arts and Terevaka Archaeological Outreach program.
The Wold Foundation
Created in 1985 by John and Jane Wold and the Wold family, the Wold Foundation exists to assist, encourage and promote charitable, scientific, literary and educational endeavors.
The Wold Foundation sponsors several scholarships for Rapa Nui students every year. The Easter Island Foundation is grateful for their continuing support.
Terevaka Archaeological Outreach Program
The Terevaka Archaeological Outreach Program was created to help teach Rapanui high school students learn about preserving the past while preparing them for the future.
It has the following goals: to utilize archaeology as a foundation for education and opportunity within Rapa Nui’s island community; to promote awareness and expertise in archaeology and cultural conservation; to document, study, and conserve the remarkable treasures of the past that remain on Rapa Nui today.
The EIF is proud to support TAO’s educational mission on Easter Island.
The William Mulloy Library
The William Mulloy Library (Biblioteca William Mulloy) is located at the Museo Antropológico P. Sebastián Englert (MAPSE) on Easter Island. The library was named in honor of the late Dr. William Mulloy, an anthropologist whose research and rebuilding projects on the island contributed significantly to knowledge of the island’s prehistory. Mulloy’s collection of books, papers, maps, field notes and photographic materials forms the core of the library, augmented by acquisitions and gifts.
The Easter Island Foundation was instrumental in the creation of the Biblioteca William Mulloy and has donated books and other materials to the library.
A menu signing event benefiting the Easter Island Foundation. Trader Vic’s new menus designed by Shag.
In 2021 Trader Vic’s became a sponsor of the Easter Island Foundation. They have put on events such a new menu signing by the artist Shag, and a raffle at their annual Mai Tai festival that directly benefitted the EIF. We look forward to working with our new Trader Vic’s partners and appreciate their support!
A Big Thank You to all of our Dance Partners
Photos by Hilary Scothorn