I'VE HEARD! The names of the FOM 2020 Easter Island Foundation Scholarship Awards!

I'VE HEARD that its time for another reminder of the charitable spirit of the FOM! The local chapters of the FOM hold events throughout the year to raise money for many charities, both local and global. Those in the FOM know how much planning and work go into these charity events (hint: it's A LOT) but they do it because the funds we send to the EIF for their scholarship fund help the youth of that area to keep and preserve their way of life, while also improving the life condition of those who live there. To us it's worth the effort.

This year the EIF and Island Scholarship Committees awarded seven scholarships to deserving Rapa Nui students using the $14,000.00 that the EIF received from the Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation. We awarded 1 FOM Ohana Scholarship, 1 FOM Tangata Manu Scholarship, 1 FOM Roger Danger Scholarship and 4 FOM Scholarships. Here are the FOM scholarship recipients for 2020:






Guillermo Alvarez Rivera: Industrial Engineering & Applied Mathematics, Pontificia Universidad de Chile (Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation Ohana Award: $2000)










Lene Troncoso Riroroko: Medicine – Surgery, Universidad de Chile (Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation Award: $2000)









Mahani Salinas Atan: Law, Pontificia Universidad de Chile de Valparaiso (Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation Award: $2000)








Brayan Pate Tepano: Physical Training – Nutrition and Dietetics, Universidad de las Americas (Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation Award: $2000)








Micaela Anakena Cofré Pakarati: Phonoaudiology, Pontificia Universidad de Chile (Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation Roger Danger Carlson Award: $2000)








Tipanie Blanco Velásquez: Medicine, Universidad de Santiao de Chile (Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation Tangata Manu Award: $2000)








Henua Pakarati Díaz: Business Administration, Instituto Profesional Santo Tomas (Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation Award: $2000)


The Fellows in the FOM should be proud of the good they do when they help these students obtain the knowledge and skills they will need to help the people of Rapa Nui stay prosperous, safe, happy and healthy!

I’VE HEARD – That The FOM Is Making A Much Needed Charitable Donation!
















Let’s face it…..we are currently living in stressful times. Sheltering in place for an extended period can cause stress on even the most hardy of character. Unable to do the things we normally like to do (movies, bars, restaurants, concerts, etc.), we find ourselves wondering when things will go back to normal. It’s tough to go through something like this, and makes a lot of us feel as if we have no control over our current situations. For many people though (including some who may be reading this right now) the stress level is much higher than for others. Due to the sheltering in place rules and the closing of public areas like bars, restaurants, movies, stores, etc..; those folks now find themselves out of a job. These are the people who serve you that MaiTai with a big smile. The people who bring that PuPu Platter to your table and wish you a great evening of fun and camaraderie. So many others who serve us and make our lives a little happier in so many ways. People that we sometimes take for granted will always be there – they are being hurt badly due to the medical emergency situation we find ourselves in. As a Fraternal Order that celebrates all things Tiki, we in the FOM wanted to see if there was something we as an organization could do to help these folks in some way. That is where the USBG National Charity Foundation comes in. The USBG is dedicated to helping Service Industry professionals to weather situations like this, through Assistance Grants to Service Industry Pros. After researching what this organization does, the FOM has decided to contribute to the USBG’s ‘Bartender Emergency Assistance Program Grant’ outreach. The Fraternal Order of Moai will be making a donation of $2500.00 to the program, which is used to provide emergency funds to bartenders in the service industry during times like this. These funds will go directly to those who fill out a grant application and are approved. In our own small way, we are trying to show those folks who have taken care of us over the years in those bars and restaurants that we care and will do what we can to help their situation get a little easier to deal with.

Be proud of the fact that your FOM is doing something to help your friends and family who used to do these jobs. You can do more as well – reach out to those who find themselves in this situation. Call them. Write them. Let them know you are thinking about them and that they can count on your moral support and anything else you might be able to do to help them out. That is who we are as a people, that is who we are as an organization, that is who we are as the FOM. If you wish to make your own contribution to the ‘Bartender Emergency Assistance Program Grant’, here is the link to take you to that site: https://www.usbgfoundation.org/ .

To everyone reading this: stay strong, be there for those you know and love, and be willing to help those you don’t know. It’s how we make it through this thing!

WE. ARE. MOAI.

We’re Kind of Blue without Honui Moai Rob (Overproof) Fertig

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 






One year ago today – we lost one of our Family – Honui Moai Rob (Overproof) Fertig. Rob is missed immeasurably by the Fellows of the Fraternal Order of Moai, and The Order is tremendously grateful for the $3,600 donated to the FOM Foundation in Rob’s memory by his friends and family.

Rob enjoyed life fully and had passion for Baseball (GO RED SOX!!!), Jazz music – especially Miles Davis, sweet fuzzy Orange Cats, delicious Cocktails – be they classics like a Ti’ Punch or an Old Fashioned, or tasty Tiki cocktails, all things Political - and of course – his wife Caroline (Honui Moai Princess Pupule).

To honor Rob’s memory and the things he loved, the Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation will be donating to causes that reflect what Rob loved. Recipients of these gifts in Rob’s memory are:

The Lanai Cat Sanctuary https://www.lanaicatsanctuary.org/, where $2,500 will be donated to care for the medical needs of their 640 cats, as well as an in-place sponsorship for Bruno, an orange superstar of the sanctuary found at the local Four Seasons hotel as a small kitten. Bruno loves to ride on visitors’ shoulders and now he’s in his very own Fur Seasons!

KRU Baseball Little League team https://www.facebook.com/KRUBaseball808/ on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. To honor Rob’s love of baseball and the completion of his quest to get to every MLB stadium – ending with him throwing out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium, KRU will receive a donation of $600 for equipment and to continue the success of the program.

The House of Miles (HOME) http://www.houseofmilesestl.org is the restored childhood home of Miles Davis, the most revered jazz trumpeter of all time, and Rob’s very favorite Jazz musician. The House of Miles provides educational and cultural enrichment for the East St. Louis community, including tours, music lessons, and appreciation of jazz and blues music. The $500 donation will include a commemorative brick to honor Rob’s memory.

Here are a few pictures of Rob and some of his favorite things:

Rob with his feline soulmate Hinano















Rob's cat Bruno says “Meowy Mahalo!”





















Overproof lounging away in a pineapple field...dreaming of a Singapore Sling with fresh pineapple juice we’re sure!



























GO RED SOX!
































The FOM makes MAJOR Charitable Contribution In 2019!
















I'VE HEARD that the FOM Foundation has made it's annual donation to the Easter Island Foundation......and it's bigger than in 2018! With so much going on in the world that can bring spirits down - here's a little something that should give all readers a lift! The Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation's (a 501(c)(3) charitable organization) 2019 donation of $32,252.00 to the Easter Island Foundation is one of our largest yet! These funds will be used by the EIF to support scholarships for youth from the island of Rapa Nui, the Foundation’s general fund, music education on Rapa Nui, archeological outreach. , and future cultural/educational purposes on the Island. Here's a breakdown of how our 2019 contribution will be allocated:

1. The EIF General Treasury - $3,000.00. These funds will be used by The Easter Island Foundation towards general operating funds of the EIF, which promotes awareness of the fragility of the island's culture and resources - while building the strength of the community through scholarships and printed communications.

2. Scholarships - $14,000.00. These funds will be used to help select students living on Rapa Nui attend college, ultimately bringing that knowledge back to help improve their community. We will provide the specifics on those awards, once the EIF has made their selections.

3. The Toki Music School - $5,000.00. These funds will be used by the Toki Rapa Nui Music School to teach free classes to more than 120 children, in classical disciplines (piano, cello, orchestras, violin, music theory, trumpet) and the Rapa Nui tradition (Rapa Nui dance, ancestral song, takona-body painting, hoko-rapanui ceremonial dance and ukulele). They also carry out different artistic and cultural activities open to the entire Rapa Nui community and promote environmental care and heritage rescue activities.

4. The Terevaka Outreach Program - $3,000.00 The Terevaka Archaeological Outreach Program teaches the awareness and preservation of the cultural and environmental resources in the community, while documenting and studying the cultural and environmental changes of the past and today.

5. Educational/Cultural Reserve Fund - $7,252.00 This will be used to help fund different educational and cultural projects on the island.

The Fraternal Order of Moai is based on 6 principles that we members hold dear: Celebration / Fellowship / Good Works / Presence / Preservation and Spirit - and this charitable contribution shows how we try to utilize those values and principles in our service to community and country and the world at large. We have a great time at our events - we Celebrate the spirit of Tiki and Polynesian Pop, and we revel in the Fellowship and friendships we make through our participation in the organization. We use our events to raise monies to do Good Work in the communities we live in - and around the world, and by our Presence show that we care about tradition and culture and our willingness to jump in and help where needed. We work hard to Preserve those things and traditions that we in the Tiki community hold dear, and through our enormous group Spirit - we achieve great things not only for ourselves, but for others as well.

Be proud of the work we do, but never rest on our laurels - we can do so much more - so let's see if we can beat this donation amount in 2020! Thanks to every Fellow who has helped to make this possible!

I'VE HEARD! OHANA Luau At The Lake 2019 Raised Big Money For Charity (and other cool facts!)





I'VE HEARD that it's time for the update on 2019's OHANA Luau At The Lake event, which happened just this last weekend! Hijinks! Tomfoolery! Damn Fool Boobery (yay Boobs)! Music, mayhem, Polynesian dance and music review, cocktails, fellowship and just good clean fun (OK - so the last one is stretching it a bit - give me a break - I'm writing this at 6:30am on Sunday). Every year this great tiki event gets better and better - a weekend of tiki madness, camaraderie, cocktails, and most importantly - Fun With A Purpose! Several things over the Ohana Luau At The Lake event are designed to raise money for our chosen charity: The Easter Island Foundation (EIF). A silent auction is held with tiki and tiki related items up for grabs - all donated by fellows, tiki enthusiasts and event sponsors. Everybody bidding on these items knows that the monies raised go to charity, so they bid high with the hope of taking home the tiki item of their dreams. This year's Silent Auction raised $11,303! All we can say to those who participated and raised such a great amount towards our Good Works is: THANK YOU! But it gets better! There is a another auction held every year at Ohana Luau At The Lake - the Mystery Bowl auction. This involves a VERY special tiki cocktail bowl made especially for the event - a large vessel designed to hold copious amounts of liquid nirvana. The winner of this auction is then treated to the Mystery Bowl Dance, whereupon the Mystery Bowl is presented to the them by a dancer who has studied at Julliard, danced with the London Royal Ballet, suffered a series of personal setbacks, pulls together their inner Astaire, takes back the artist within them, and ends up hoofing it for a bunch of highly 'enthusiastic' observers, with special attention paid to the winner of the auction (OK, so I made some of this up...except for the setbacks part...which also is probably made up...I don't know...where was I...oh yeah...the money!). Well my friends, this year's Mystery Bowl auction set a new record - raising $4,350! Again - a HUGE Thank You to all who helped raise those funds - you folks help exemplify everything the Fraternal Order of Moai is based on: Celebration / Fellowship / Good Works / Presence / Preservation / Spirit!

And now for your tiki pleasure - a few Ohana Fun Facts!

Ohana Fun Fact #94: Over 2000 cocktails were served that weekend raising nearly $2500.00 for charity - well played my slightly tipsy friends - well played - you set a new event record!
Ohana Fun Fact # 252: Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes of a charred rum keg, a cherished guardian at the Tiki Resort in Lake George, New York will be returning soon....the beloved Ik’e. This guardian of the Tiki Resort residing by the front door for many many years was missing this year due to time and the elements taking their toll on the original piece. Fear not! It will soon return in all of it's former glory, as a replica is being created as we type this. In keeping with tradition this replacement will be christened with a healthy dose of rum at the next Ohana, as was his predecessor. You will not want to miss this! So start planning NOW! Join us next year and have the the tiki time of your life - it will be the event you never forget!

I'VE HEARD! The names of the FOM 2019 Easter Island Foundation Scholarship Awards!

I'VE HEARD that its time for another reminder of the charitable spirit of the FOM! The local chapters of the FOM hold events throughout the year to raise money for many charities, both local and global. We previously reported that the FOM had raised a record amount of funds through various charitable chapter functions for 2017's donation to the Easter Island Foundation - 2018's donation was right there as well! Those in the FOM know how much planning and work go into these charity events (hint: it's ALOT) but they do it because the funds we send to the EIF for their scholarship fund help the youth of that area to keep and preserve their way of life, while also improving the life condition of those who live there. To us - it's worth the effort. We hope to have a short bio written by each student in a future blog posting, so that we can read their own words about the value of these scholarships to each student and to the island. The Fellows in the FOM should be proud of the good they do when they help these students obtain the knowledge and skills they will need to help the people of Rapa Nui stay prosperous, safe, happy and healthy.

This year the EIF and Island Scholarship Committees awarded eight scholarships to deserving Rapa Nui students using the $15,000.00 that the EIF received from the Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation. Here are the FOM scholarship recipients for 2019:






Guillermo Alvarez Rivera: Industrial Engineering & Applied Mathematics, Pontificia Universidad de Chile (Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation Award – $2000)










Mahani Salinas Atan: Law, Pontificia Universidad de Chile de Valparaiso (Fraternal Order of Moai Award – $2000)







Terangi Riroroco Oyarzun: Logistics & Transportation, Universidad Andres Bello (Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation Award – $2000)








Micaela Anakena Cofré Pakarati: Phonoaudiology, Pontificia Universidad de Chile (Roger Danger Carlson Memorial (Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation) Award – $2000)








Tipanie Blanco Velásquez: Medicine, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation Tangata Manu Award – $2000)








Henua Pakarati Díaz: Business Administration, Instituto Profesional Santo Tomas (Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation Award – $2000)








Rodrigo Araki Rojas: Dentistry, Universidad de Viña del Mar (Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation Award – $2000)








Maeha Duran: Fashion Design Continuing (final semester), ($1000 Fraternal Order of Moai Ohana Scholarship)




I'VE HEARD! The FOM Foundation Has Made A HUGE Charitable Contribution For 2018!
















I'VE HEARD that the FOM Foundation has made it's annual donation to the Easter Island Foundation......and this year it's a doozy! With so much going on in the world that can bring spirits down - here's a little something that should give all readers a lift! The Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation's (a 501(c)(3) charitable organization) 2018 donation of $26,525.00 to the Easter Island Foundation is one of our largest yet! These funds will be used by the EIF to support scholarships for youth from the island of Rapa Nui, the Foundation’s general fund, music education on Rapa Nui, and archeological outreach. Here's a breakdown of how our 2018 contribution will be allocated:

1. The EIF General Treasury - $5,525.00. These funds will be used by The Easter Island Foundation towards general operating funds of the EIF, which promotes awareness of the fragility of the island's culture and resources - while building the strength of the community through scholarships and printed communications.

2. Scholarships - $16,000.00. These funds will be used to help select students living on Rapa Nui attend college, ultimately bringing that knowledge back to help improve their community. We will provide the specifics on those awards, once the EIF has made their selections.

3. The Tokai Music School - $3,000.00. These funds will be used by the Toki Rapa Nui Music School to teach free classes to more than 120 children, in classical disciplines (piano, cello, orchestras, violin, music theory, trumpet) and the Rapa Nui tradition (Rapa Nui dance, ancestral song, takona-body painting, hoko-rapanui ceremonial dance and ukulele). They also carry out different artistic and cultural activities open to the entire Rapa Nui community and promote environmental care and heritage rescue activities.

4. The Terevaka Outreach Program - $2,000.00 The Terevaka Archaeological Outreach Program teaches the awareness and preservation of the cultural and environmental resources in the community, while documenting and studying the cultural and environmental changes of the past and today.

The Fraternal Order of Moai is based on 6 principles that we members hold dear: Celebration / Fellowship / Good Works / Presence / Preservation and Spirit - and this charitable contribution shows how we try to utilize those values and principles in our service to community and country and the world at large. We have a great time at our events - we Celebrate the spirit of Tiki and Polynesian Pop, and we revel in the Fellowship and friendships we make through our participation in the organization. We use our events to raise monies to do Good Work in the communities we live in - and around the world, and by our Presence show that we care about tradition and culture and our willingness to jump in and help where needed. We work hard to Preserve those things and traditions that we in the Tiki community hold dear, and through our enormous group Spirit - we achieve great things not only for ourselves, but for others as well.

Be proud of the work we do, but never rest on our laurels - we can do so much more - so let's see if we can beat this donation amount in 2019! Thanks to every Fellow who has helped to make this possible!

I'VE HEARD! That The FOM Foundation Has Made Another Charitable Contribution!
















I'VE HEARD that the FOM Foundation has made a $2500.00 donation to americares (lighten up grammar cops - they use a small a in their name and logo...), in order to help those who have been impacted by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas. americares has been providing essential medicine and relief supplies quickly and efficiently in times of natural and man-made disasters here at home and around the world. They also help provide lifesaving medicine and other critical aid to people living in desperately poor or conflict-ridden countries struggling for daily survival. In short - they do Good Work...

The FOM is based on 6 principles that we hold dear: Celebration / Fellowship / Good Works / Presence / Preservation and Spirit - and this charitable contribution shows how we try to utilize those values and principles in our service to community and country. We have a great time at our events - we Celebrate the spirit of Tiki and Polynesian Pop, and we revel in the Fellowship and friendships we make through our participation in the organization. We use our events to raise monies to do Good Work in the communities we live in - and around the world, and by our Presence show that we care about tradition and culture and our willingness to jump in and help where needed. We work hard to Preserve those things and traditions that we in the Tiki community hold dear, and through our enormous Spirit - we achieve great things not only for ourselves, but for others as well. Be proud of the work we do but never rest on our laurels - we can do so much more! Thanks to every Fellow who helped to make this possible!

For additional information on americares - go here: https://www.americares.org/en/what-we-do/emergency-programs/ep--hurricane-florence/

I’VE HEARD: Makahiki: A Night Of Tiki Results Are Here!





I'VE HEARD that it's time for the update on 2018's Makahiki: A Night of Tiki event, put on by the fine fellows of the Indianapolis PukaPuka chapter! Let's discuss some news on the event first, before we get to the numbers. First - the Pukas have found a new facility to hold the event in and it was an excellent choice of venue! It has plenty of room for dancing and fun (oh yes), air-conditioning (Oh Yes) and a kitchen for preparing the pre-show luau (OH YES). And speaking of luaus - the food this year was great - too many excellent dishes to name here - if you want to know how good it was, then be ready to come to the event next year and find out for yourself! We said dancing, right? The entertainers this year featured the Martian Denny Orchestra, the Dyes, The Madeira, Eddie and The Mai Tais, Frenchy LaRue (ooooh la la!) and DJs Yuma and Stroble - more entertainment that any one person has a right to! And now - for the really cool part - the charitable donation. This year - the Pukas were able to donate a record $2550.00 to their chapter's local charity of choice - Rosie’s Southside Animal Shelter!

A lot of hard work goes into putting on these events, so congratulations to the PukaPuka chapter for putting on another successful Makahiki: A Night of Tiki. And if you missed this last Makahiki? Please don't make the same mistake again or we will have to come to your house and shame you from your front lawn.................and we can do it - so don't test us... ;)


I’VE HEARD: The NEW Music For Moai II will be released at Ohana 10!





Ohana 10 is getting closer and closer – a fantastic Tiki event in Lake George New York! You say you've been hearing some rumblings about something special happening at Ohana 10? Something every bit as exciting as having Southern Culture On The Skids headline Ohana 10? Do you mean like that? Well - everything you've heard is true! The Fraternal Order of Moai is gonna shake things up again and do it in a big way! How are they going to do this, you ask? Hold on to your fez folks - The Fraternal Order of Moai and North East Surf Music Alliance proudly present an incredible CD of tiki, spy, lounge and exotica tracks - Music for Moai II: Music to Shake Cocktails By. This CD featuring surf bands - (and a cool bonus track by Bamboo Saxotica!) - playing original interpretations of exotica, spy, lounge and tiki music will be a MUST for your collection! I mean - how cool is that? Even better: ALL proceeds from Music for Moai II will benefit the Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund which is used to support communities in the United States and abroad affected by natural disasters,especially places that have influenced tiki and Polynesian pop. Our friends with NESMA have been great supporters of FOM events and activities in the past - and this time is no exception. Of course - it helps that the founder and leader of NESMA is also FOM fellow (Honui) - our own Tikisurfin! NESMA is a network/directory/alliance of bands that believe in growing the genre of surf music. There are approximately 130 bands in this network currently, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, across Canada to Montreal and Toronto, south to Florida, and as far west as Minnesota? Basically, all North America areas east of the Mississippi River. Throughout the years, the FOM has chosen many of the NESMA bands to perform at Ohana and other FOM events.

So now you're asking yourself - how can I get this piece of FOM history and how much is it? Well my friends - a bargain at any price - but for you? Ten Dollars. Yep - you heard right - $10 US dollars gets you all of these great tracks by these great bands:

Jungle Psychotica – Fisherman / What’s Up – The Supertones / Mystery Bowl – 9th Wave / Club Cabana – Big Surf / Tiki Tonight – The Clams / Tiki Lounge Mix – The Cocktail Preachers / Spooky Soca Surf - B11 / Spy vs. Spy – SpyTones / Ether Cocktail – The Derangers / Dragonfly Sunday – The Surge! / Siren Song - Go! Tsunami / Tango Marcia – The Serfs / Caixa dos Moluscos – Weisstronauts / Island of the Lost Tiki – 9th Wave / Mai Kai Flute - Bamboo Saxotica / Margarita Meltdown – The Cocktail Preachers / Night on the Nile – The Serfs / Six-Gun Party – The Urban Surf Kings / Shark Pit – Cutback / Spies in Love – The AmpFibians / Tiki Torch - SPF-4 / Snake Charmer – The Acoustic Surf Tones / Submerging – The Aquatudes / Haleiwa Sunset – TarantinosNYC / Pearl Harbor - Tsunami of Sound

That's 25 tracks of original music for only $10. And all for a good cause!!!
Music for Moai II

But wait - you say you're NOT going to Ohana 10 this year? You say you waited too long and now tickets are all gone? We'll discuss your failure to meet deadlines later young man/woman - right now just hang back a bit - we may have a way for you to get one of the great CDs too - all while supporting a great charitable effort by the FOM! Be sure to check back here often. You can also check the Music For Moai website for further information.

I’VE HEARD: Some 'Where Are They Now' Stories About FOM Scholarship Recipients!

I've Heard: that the Fraternal Order of Moai has been raising charitable funds for donation to the Easter Island Foundation Scholarship Fund for many years. We have made a difference in many young people's lives in Rapa Nui by providing financial help towards higher learning. These recipients of the funds then go back and use that knowledge to help their island and it's people. We wanted to see how some of these recipients of FOM monies fared, after their studies were completed, and what they were doing on the island now. We have several brief stories below with the reicpient's name and the years they were awarded the scholarships - and one VERY special story that you will soon read! As you read these scholarship winner's stories, every Fellow should be proud of the charitable work we have done in the past and excited about continuing that work in the future!


Lara Tarita Alarcon Rapu (2012, 2013)
Tarita currently lives on the island of Rapa Nui and formally worked as the Regional Counselor of Rapa Nui over the Valparaiso Region of Chile. This was her second term in this citizen elected position, but we have now been informed that Tarita has recently been elected as the new Governor of Rapa Nui! Tarita is the perfect example of someone who took the opportunity provided in part by the FOMs scholarship funds and used that opportunity to work for the continuous improvement of the island and the lives of the people living there. This is fantastic and all FOM fellows should be proud of their contribution to her success! We are VERY proud of Tarita and her accomplishments!





Ana Huki Fuentes (2010)
Ana is living on the island of Rapa Nui and working at the Hare Noi Hotel.

Merahi Atam Lopez (2011, 2012) Lives on the island and works for Monumentos y Consejos as an archaeologist.

Vaitiare Tuki Rengifo (2011)
Vaitiare lives on the island of Rapa Nui and teaches Physical Education at the elementary school.

Pamina Olivares Paoa (2013, 2014)
Pamina lives on the island of Rapa Nui and works as an architect for SEREMI, the local electricity and water regulatory board. In her words: "Right now I find myself working for SERVIU, the urban living service on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Our team works as consultants in charge of designs for the new rural housing for the Province. Also, we are in charge of improvements, repairs, and enlargements in subsidy housing that date from last year. I hope you are well, and I thank you again for the support of the Easter Island Foundation scholarship. I hope more Rapanui will be motivated to apply and take advantage of this scholarship."

Lafquen Passalaqua Hucke (2013, 2014)
Lafquen lives on the island and works in a retail apparel shop. She also consults as a Consejo Indígena – providing needed insight into the needs and wants of the indigenous peoples of Rapa Nui






Every FOM Fellow should be proud of these young people who are making a difference in the place they live. Our charitable works are helping people to improve their lives and the land they live on. Congratulations to all of the folks, and to you - The Fellows of FOM!!!

I’VE HEARD: 9th Wave Is Playing At Ohana 10 – And The Band Has FOM Fellows In It!





Ohana 10 is getting closer and closer – a fantastic Tiki event in Lake George New York!. I'VE HEARD that the 9th Wave Band was going to be playing again this year, and wanted to reach out and get their perspective on Ohana and the FOM. FOM member Tikisurfin has stepped forward to represent the band and give us all his insight on these matters. Links to the band’s website and Ohana 10 are provided below:





Please give an introduction of yourself and a little bit about the band
My FOM name is “Tikisurfin”, and my real name is Mike “Staccato” Rosado. As you may know (or not know) I wear many, many hats (fezzes)! I am the founder and leader of 9th Wave hot-rod surf band since 1995. The band has 7 recorded CDs full of original tunes that I have written. These include hot-rod, surf, spy, lounge, tiki, exotica, spaghetti western and sci-fi genres. We play about 25 shows per year – and 9th Wave has been designated “The Official Band of Ohana” – we have played every Ohana north and south, and are very much looking forward to Ohana Ten!

I am also the founder and leader of NESMA (the North East Surf Music Alliance), since 2002. NESMA is a network/directory/alliance of bands that believe in growing the genre of surf music. There are approximately 130 bands in this network currently, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, across Canada to Montreal and Toronto, south to Florida, and as far west as Minnesota, eh? Basically, all North America areas east of the Mississippi River. Throughout the years, the FOM has chosen many of the NESMA bands to perform at Ohana and other FOM events. In fact, the NESMA website did a monthly spotlight interview about the FOM in October 2008 – and now you are interviewing ME!

In addition, I currently serve as the Rua Tohunga of the Queequeg Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Moai (New England.) I am honored to be designated as an Honui Moai, and have been a member of FOM since 2015.

You might also know me as the the Ohana “midnight taco and food guy”. Many folks may have interacted with me on either a Thursday, Friday or Saturday late night at any Ohana when I could be found serving hot snacks, including pizza rolls, mozzarella stix, tacos, and rice bowls (meat AND veggie!)

Finally, my house is decorated throughout in tiki style. Bamboo-thatched living room, bamboo tiki bar, door moldings hand-carved with tiki designs, rows of tiki mugs over the windows, leopard and zebra print carpeting, nautical touches, a set of vibraphones in the living room.



What was your first exposure to Tiki and Polynesian Pop?
TV – Hawaii 5-0 and Gilligan’s Island, and the Brady Bunch Hawaiian episodes. I became transfixed by everything Polynesian/Hawaiian, and tropical/South Pacific. I also loved bamboo! An early influence I remember well was that my brother and I got a “shrunken head” (made of goatskin) from the MET in New York. We took turns hanging it on the handle-bars of our bikes. I still like shrunken heads and have several in my home. In addition, I was also fascinated with “I Dream of Jeannie”, “Lost in Space”, and “Star Trek” from that mid-century period.



What was it about Tiki that really grabbed your attention?
Bamboo, shrunken heads, and later on, the cocktails.



How did you find the other members of the band who seem to share the same love of Tiki - and surf music - as you do?
Like most bands, we’ve had personnel changes over the past 23 years. However, in 2000 when my band was playing at Sleazefest in Chapel Hill, NC, I hosted a tiki cocktail pool party and became known as the tiki cocktail guy at Sleazefest. My band members also became immersed in the cocktail culture. When we traveled to shows, I would always bring the trusted “booze suitcase”, complete with tiki stirrers and cocktail umbrellas. 9th Wave specialty “on-the-road” cocktails consisted of Zombies, Mai Tais, and other exotic cocktails. We have now been fortunate to have the same band line-up for the past 15 years, and all the band members are interested in tiki culture and cocktails. Regarding surf music, all the current band members used to play in other bands (punk, rock, indie, classical) but liked surf music and came to 9th Wave shows as fans, then eventually ended up joining the band.



How did you come to be involved with the Fraternal Order of Moai?
I was having my annual tiki party at my home. A mutual acquaintance had mentioned 9th Wave to Sully (who runs Ohana) as possible entertainment for NETT 2 (North East Tiki Tour). Sully came to the party, 9th Wave played, and the rest is history! We played NETT2, and then NETT3 (which became Ohana – damn, it was cold in Lake George in September!) I started cooking hot snacks and helping with band set-up at that first Ohana (September 2009). So from 2009-2015, I was helping with band (and food) logistics for FOM national events. In 2015, I decided to declare my intention to join FOM. The impetus was a return trip from Ohana South 1 (1,420 miles) with 150 miles of hurricane force winds and a flooded interstate in a packed van full of band equipment. I realized at that point that I not only liked it, but I LOVED it, and would do it again. When I got home, I declared my intention to join the FOM.



What about the FOM keeps you involved, and how do you see you and your band helping you stay involved in FOM activities?
I believe in the missions and the goals and the vision of the FOM. I currently serve as Rua Tohunga, and my wife, Oceana Nalu, is Tohunga of the Queequeg Chapter, so I am currently very involved at the local level and plan to continue to do so. I have a stellar record of attendance at Chapter meetings! (My wife is also in my band.)



You have one choice of one song to be played as your final wish - what is it?
Well, I would pick one of my original tunes off our 7th CD, “Surfin’ with Poseidon”, the title track “Surfin’ with Poseidon”. This track says it all.



And finally - and most importantly: Why does the FOM goat love cheese so much?
There is cheese made from cows.
There is cheese made from goats.
It is kapu for goats to eat goat cheese.
BUT Triscuits and cheese with a cocktail – yum…

Equals taog eht.



And that my friends sums up what you can expect from the fine folks in 9th Wave at this year's Ohana 10! Thank you Tikisurfin for all you do for the organization and conitnued Good Luck with 9th Wave!



https://www.9thwavesurf.com
https://www.facebook.com/ninth.wave.3/

https://www.nesmasurf.org

https://www.fraternalorderofmoai.org/ohana/
https://www.facebook.com/OhanaLuau/










I'VE HEARD! The names of the FOM 2018 Easter Island Foundation Scholarship Awards!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I've Heard that its time for another reminder of the charitable spirit of the FOM! The local chapters of the FOM hold events throughout the year to raise money for many charities, both local and global. We previously reported that the FOM had raised a record amount of funds through various charitable chapter functions for 2017's donation to the Easter Island Foundation. Those in the FOM know how much planning and work go into these charity events (hint: it's ALOT) but they do it because the funds we send to the EIF for their scholarship fund help the youth of that area to keep and preserve their way of life, while also improving the life condition of those who live there. To us - it's worth the effort. The EIF sent us a list of this years scholarship award recipients, along with a short bio written by each student. We honestly can't edit or say anything for them that would be better than their own words - so we will reprint those bios in full - first their names and their awards, and then their words. The Fellows in the FOM should be proud of the good they do when they help these students obtain the knowledge and skills they will need to help the people of Rapa Nui stay prosperous, safe, happy and healthy.

This year the EIF and Island Scholarship Committees awarded scholarships to deserving Rapa Nui students using the $13,000.00 that the EIF received from the Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation, awarding six $2000 awards and one $1000 to the following students:

Benitez Tepano: Public Relations - Marketing ($2000 Award)
The knowledge I have gained at the university has been a great contribution to my personal and professional development. Every subject has helped me to form new competencies, as well as for the realization of different projects to help macro and micro entrepreneurs, social organizations and all people of the island. This knowledge, which I can share, will help the development and empowerment of business, the use of social media or digital media to transmit messages or communication campaigns, or improve the reputation of a company or a brand. I improved my level of English level for better communication as well as my skills to maintain good relationships with people. In conclusion, I can say that every day my studies are helping me to gain new knowledge as well as to be a better person.

Maeha León Duran: Fashion Design - Industrial Process ($2000 Award)
I want to return to Rapa Nui to carry out workshops and classes to teach the care and manner of using traditional Rapanui materials with the aim of saving and preserving ancestral clothing and improving the quality and preparation of garments to be used in parades and cultural festivals. Every year during Tapati Rapa Nui, the most important festival on the island, I feel very proud of my culture and I participate in all the events. I take this opportunity to share what I have learned in my studies, from molding to sewing, and I complement this using the raw materials of the island such as shells, banana stems, feathers and mahute, improving the design without losing what is oldest and ancestral.

Tipanie Blanco Velásquez: Medicine ($2000 Award)
I grew up with my paternal grandparents so that I could get a better education. I went to school in Santiago, far from my mother on Rapa Nui, to opt for a better future. Thanks to the sacrifice and support of my family, especially my four grandparents and my parents, I was able to study medicine at the University of Santiago de Chile. All the effort and sacrifice of being away from my family is bearing fruit today: I am fulfilling the childhood dream I had of studying how the human body works, and thus helping the people to have a better quality of life. When I finish my studies and gain more professional experience, I will return to my beloved island, to offer my services as a doctor to the Rapanui community, and thus help more Rapanui young people to achieve their dreams, just as I am doing.

Américo Loyola Edmunds; Agronomy ($2000 Award)
I hope to do well in my last year in the study of Agronomy. The previous year was one of the most difficult, due to economic and health issues in my family. I want to emphasize that without this scholarship I do not think I would have had the possibility of studying, so I thank you with all my heart for the help you have given me. The scholarship has allowed me to gain a greater professional development and to strengthen my goals. After I receive my degree in Agronomy, I would like to share my knowledge with future generations and undertake new projects that encourage organic farming on Easter Island with the intention of reducing the use of chemicals in fruits and vegetables for human consumption.

Terangi Riroroco Oyarzun: Logistics and Transport Engineering ($2000 Award)
After finishing my studies, I would like to gain some experience and return to the island to help in the transportation area. When I was child, I saw people walking or on their horses; when I went to school I would see people walking and talking. Today you only see cars, and every year when I return from school I see more cars, which are already bringing problems. We need short and long-term solutions. I would like to propose municipal ordinances to facilitate the flow of vehicles and at the same time go back to those times where you walked down the street and met your cousins, uncles, nephews or neighbors. What I do not want is to reach the height of installing traffic lights to be able to regulate traffic, because the island would lose the essence that makes it so unique.

Guillermo Alvarez Rivera: Industrial Mathematical Engineering ($2000 Award)
As a student of Industrial Mathematical Engineering and a member of the Rapanui community,my interest lies in the optimal development of our public and private businesses through well structured management, and the use of mathematical statistical tools in political, demographic, social and / or Rapa Nui fauna and flora studies. My initial idea is to achieve the specialization in Industrial Mathematical Engineering to acquire the necessary knowledge to be able to address any optimization problem needed by businesses on Rapa Nui, so that they can generate a greater number of benefits that will translate into the ability to provide better services to our community. Not only is knowledge necessary, but so is work experience. Hence, one of my highest goals is to acquire experience working both in Chile and abroad and in this way and return to Rapa Nui with the best tools and the most modern knowledge that the world can give me.

Nicolas Pakomio Gardella: Music ($1000 Award)
Once I finish my studies, I intend to use the knowledge I gain at the university to transmit the ancestral wisdom that I have been given through music and oral tradition in my culture. I want to preserve the oral and musical tradition for posterity in detailed writing, so that this record can be used as a teaching tool, facilitating the transmission of the richness of our culture and guaranteeing its permanence in time, so that we, as Rapanui people, can value this wealth of knowledge.

I've Heard!!! Tickets For Ohana 10 Luau At The Lake Go On Sale Today At 11am EST!!!

Link: http://www.fraternalorderofmoai.org/ohana/index.php

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The rumblings have been present all week! With an ear to the ground - I've Heard that the Ohana 10 Luau At The Lake tickets go on sale TODAY (February 13, 2018) at 11am EST!

Tickets can be purchased at the URL link listed above!
For people not familiar with Ohana Luau at the Lake, our own Princess Pupule recently described the event: "Ohana Luau at the Lake is an awesome Tiki weekend event held at the Tiki Resort, a 1950’s throwback located in the town of Lake George, New York. (“Ohana” is an Hawaiian culture word for ‘family’, in an extended sense of the term). Ohana Luau at the Lake is an exciting weekend of fun, live music, cocktails, shopping and camaraderie with the Ohana, during a weekend that many look forward to all year long. AND - if it isn’t enough to have an AWESOME Tiki weekend – the event is done to raise money for The Fraternal Order of Moai’s charity of choice: The Easter Island Foundation, a 501c(3). A majority of the funds raised are being used to fund scholarships for people from Easter Island, with the remaining funds used to support other programs that enrich the island and the people who live there."

As this is the 10th year of this great Tiki event, you can be sure that plenty of exciting things are planned for that weekend! What exciting things, you may ask? How about we start off with a KILLER Kickoff Party, Thursday June 28th on Lake George aboard the beautiful (and air-conditioned!) Lac du Saint Sacrement steamship! This is a huge ship with two bars, plus a service bar (no waiting for cocktails - WOO HOO!) and a special cocktail menu we've worked out just for our event! FOUR Buffet lines of delicious food and a HUGE dance floor/stage with a balcony await your dining and dancing pleasure! Trust me - this is going to be one crazy fun Kickoff Party! These Kickoff Party tickets are $50 and are above and beyond the cost of the Ohana event tickets. THEY WILL SELL OUT! Buy yours TODAY so you don't miss all the fun!

Now for the main event! All weekend long you will be transported to a tropical paradise at the beautiful (and old-school!) Tiki Resort in Lake George, NY! There you will enjoy hours and hours of food, drinks, music, seminars and whatever else can be pulled out to make your weekend one of the most memorable events that you will ever have in your life (except for that colonoscopy that they didn't knock you out for - sorry to remind you...)! Your Ohana ticket will gain you entry into this event and allow you to experience all that the party has to offer. The ticket DOES NOT get you a sleeping room at the Tiki - you must make your own reservations - if they are sold out there are several other hotels in very close proximity. Oh - did we mention the entertainment yet? My bad......how about Southern Culture On The Skids for the main act that weekend!!! Delivering what Rolling Stone magazine called “a hell raising rock and roll party", things should be in full swing that evening - you have been warned! Other entertainment will be announced as we get nearer to the event - there are always great musical acts to provide entertainment all weekend long!

You have been warned - this event WILL SELL OUT!!! Don't fool around and wait - BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY WHEN THEY GO ON SALE AT 11am ESTe will see you there! For further event information, please follow the URL link posted above.









F.O.M. sends annual donation to the Easter Island Foundation

Iorana!

We are very pleased to announce that after closing the books for Ohana: Luau at the Lake 2017 and Chicago Area Tiki Tour 3 the Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization, has donated $19,500 to the Easter Island Foundation to support scholarships for youth from the island of Rapa Nui, the Foundation’s general fund, music education on Rapa Nui, and archeological outreach.

The Easter Island Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1989, was named by the Moai as our national charity in 2008.

Funds for this gift, including a portion of general event proceeds and silent auction/mystery bowl auction donations, were raised at Ohana: Luau at the Lake in Lake George, New York, and the Chicago Area Tiki Tour. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, donors, performers, and attendees, everyone had “fun with a purpose” while raising money for these important scholarships and the foundation that distributes them.

This gift to the Easter Island Foundation has been split into four parts.

First, $13,000 will be donated to support several scholarships, which will be awarded to Rapa Nui students for use in paying college expenses. Preference will be given to those students who intend to return with skills which will benefit the Rapa Nui people and island upon graduation. More information about scholarship recipients will be announced once the Easter Island Foundation scholarship committee awards these funds.

Funds from the Chicago Area Tiki Tour, organized by the Red Palms Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Moai, will continue funding for the “Fraternal Order of Moai Roger Carlson Scholarship."

This adds to $52,525 in previous Easter Island Foundation scholarship awards funded by the Fraternal Order of Moai.

In addition to the scholarship fund donation, $3,000 will be donated to the Easter Island Foundation's general fund to support the other work of the foundation which includes promoting conservation and protection of the fragile cultural heritage of Easter Island and other Polynesian islands. Among its many projects, the Foundation established the William Mulloy Library on the island; funds archaeological research; publishes a series of books about Easter Island and Polynesia; publishes Rapa Nui Journal; and sponsors conferences about Easter Island and Polynesia.

We have also donated $1,500 to be used to support Toki Rapa Nui Music School which provides free music education to children on the island.

An additional $1,500 to be used to support the Terevaka Archaeological Outreach program.

The fun will continue in the coming year. Plans for the tenth annual Ohana: Luau at the Lake in June 2018 are rolling along. We are also excited at the prospect of growing our charitable support for the Easter Island Foundation and other worthy causes.

Come join the Moai and experience "fun with a purpose" for yourself. Find more information online at facebook.com/TheMoai and @TheMoai.

Keep the torches burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

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