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 the Toki Rapa Nui School of Music and the Arts.

 

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:

Toki Rapa Nui School of Music Newsletter – September 2021

Rapa Nui Odyssey CD Release

Song of Rapa Nui documentary trailer

CBS Sunday Morning: Building Rapa Nui’s First Music School

NPR Story: On a remote island, a musical school flourishes

Mahani Teave – Tiny Desk Concert at Toki Rapa Nui

 

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.

 

 

Far Horizons Archaeological and Cultural Trips has a philosophy that to truly understand other cultures, one needs to be not just an observer but a participant. Their trips explore how people live in the world today, the challenges they face, their traditions, their goals and their political environment. Far Horizons conducts trips all over the world and sponsor an annual trip to Easter Island with an expert guide.

 

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

Terevaka Archaeological Outreach was created to help teach Rapanui high school students learn about preserving the past while preparing them for the future.

TAO 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 has been a proud supporter 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.

Trader Vic’s

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!

The Biblioteca Rapanui at the Museo Fonck in Viña del Mar, Chile, housed the collection of William Mulloy prior to the creation of the Biblioteca Mulloy on Easter Island. Staffed by Rapanui Librarian Ana Betty Haoa Rapahango for many years, it provided an archive in mainland Chile where students and researchers could access books and materials related to Easter Island and the Pacific. The Easter Island Foundation donated books and other materials to the Biblioteca Rapanui over the years. A larger facility, the Biblioteca Museo Fonck, will be opening soon. The new facility will house over 4000 volumes on the subjects of archaeology, anthropology and other disciplines covering all of Chile and its territories, including Rapa Nui.
 

 

Poster art by Jorge Alderete (Dr. Alderete)

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

#southseasfilmfest

Bay Area tiki bars, vendors and prizes!

A benefit for the Easter Island Foundation

A Big Thank You to all of our Dance Partners

Photos by Hilary Scothorn