- Easter Island Foundation News
The Easter Island Foundation is pleased to have the opportunity to partner with University of Hawai'i Press to bring you Volume 32 of the Rapa Nui Journal. We are grateful to UH Press for providing us with the opportunity to continue to publish the journal, the only publication of its kind to focus specifically on Easter Island.
In 2019, the EIF continued to help support non-profit educational institutions including the Toki Rapa Nui School of Music on Rapa Nui (tokirapanui.org) as well as Terevaka Archaeological Outreach (terevaka.net). Both groups directly benefit the youth of Rapa Nui via their educational programs. In 2019, due to the generosity of all our donors, EIF awarded 13 scholarships to Rapanui students, the most ever awarded in one year. Many of our past scholarship recipients are now working in their fields of study on Rapa Nui, including Oscar Pakomio Jara (Liceo Lorenzo Baeza Vega, Aldea Educativa and Colegio San Sebastián de Akivi), Noelani Rapahango Lagos (Instituto Nacional de la Juventud), Tamaru Pakarati Gonzalez (Ministerio del las Culturas, las Artes, y el Patrimonio), Vaitiare Tucki Rengifo (Jardín Honga'a Re'o Rapa-Nui and Liceo Lorenzo Baeza Vega), and Emilou Benitez Tepano (Municipalidad de Isla de Pascua). We are especially grateful to the Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation for their continued support of our programs. Our 2019 scholarship awardees are studying the subjects of Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Speech Therapy, Business Administration, Civil Engineering and Applied Mathematics, Fashion Design, Engineering in Transportation and Logistics, Conservation of Natural Resources, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Culture and Tourism. To learn more about our scholarship program or to make a donation, visit: islandheritage.org. Additional details about each of our 2019 scholarship recipients are included below.
Mahani Salinas Atan is studying law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Valparaíso. In 2019, she received a Fraternal Order of Moai Award. After completing her degree, she would like to specialize in international and indigenous law. She hopes to take graduate courses in law and travel to various parts of the world to gain experiences of other indigenous peoples to broaden her knowledge. With her specialization, Mahani will be able to help the Rapanui people in issues related to land, health, and education.
Rodrigo Araki Rojas is studying odontology (dentistry) at the Universidad de Viña del Mar. He received a Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation Award in 2019. After completing his studies, Rodrigo wants to return to Rapa Nui and offer his services as a dentist. Many islanders need special long-term procedures; while there are professionals working on the island, they generally cannot stay long enough to complete these procedures. With time and experience working with the people on the island, Rodrigo hopes to refine his skills, along with becoming proficient in other fields such as anesthesiology, pediatrics, or radiology to help the people of Rapa Nui. [End Page 135]
Micaela Anakena Cofré Pakarati is studying speech therapy at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago. She received the Roger Danger Carlson Memorial Award from the Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation in 2019. Micaela's first educational goal is to acquire all the necessary knowledge and tools to connect speech therapy with the people and the culture of the island. She values the importance of the preservation of the Rapanui language and hopes to be able to promote learning the language and prevent its loss. Micaela feels that the creation of a Rapanui language school that includes a speech therapist with ethnic relevance would reinforce the values of tradition, while adapting to the language needs on the island.
Henua Pakarati Díaz is studying business administration at the Instituto Profesional de Santo Tomás in Santiago. She received the Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation Award in 2019. After completing her studies, Henua would like to work towards creating business projects that will provide training and work for the people of Rapa Nui. She also wants to share financial knowledge so that others can learn to save money and avoid unnecessary waste. Henua especially wants to be able to help guide the youth of the island towards...