I'VE HEARD: Somebody On The Internet Is Talking About The FOM!

Link: http://bit.ly/2r4JHal

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I just heard about a blog posting that tells all about The Fraternal Order Of Moai, on tikiwithray.com. Click the link at the top of this article to read it - it's a great history reminder for all Fellows, and a solid introduction to the organization for those on the Tiki path!  ALOHA!

I've Heard!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ATTENTION Fraternal Order of Moai Fellows and all tiki bliss seekers! I'VE HEARD there are some exciting things coming to the FOM blog, make sure you check in often to see what's up! 

I'VE HEARD it's going to be entertaining and informative:  

2017 Hula Hop Is Coming!

Link: http://www.hulahopcolumbus.com/

For the past few years the Kahiki Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Moai has had the honor and privilege to host the Hot Rod Hula Hop. The event has always delivered on its promise of a good time for a good cause. This year the Kahiki Chapter Fellows are shaking things up a bit. While we have always loved classic cars and bowling, we are going to focus on the Tiki aspect of the event this year and therefore, we proudly present THE HULA HOP!

THE HULA HOP is a one day Polynesian pop, Tiki themed street festival to be held in downtown Columbus, Ohio on Grant Ave. (“Home of the Grass Skirt Tiki Room”) between Gay St. and Long St. The festival kicks off at noon with vendors, food trucks, and bands. The musical entertainment this year is outta sight! This year the Hula Hop presents Francis LLacuna, Apocalypso, The Hellroys, Mummula, Superfez!, and The Darts.

Come on down, sip on a tropical cocktail and enjoy the bands performing on an open air stage. Take off your shoes and relax on our downtown luau sand beach. Peruse the dozens of vendors that will be on hand. Visit with George, the legendary fountain that once greeted guests at the Kahiki Supper Club. There is more, so much more to announce , so stay tuned and check in to www.hulahopcolumbus.com and check us out on Facebook.

Want to be a Vendor at the Hula Hop?

Thinking about being a Sponsor for the Hula Hop?

The Hula Hop is now accepting vendors and sponsors. If you, or someone you know would like to be a vendor or be a sponsor shoot us an email at [email protected]

F.O.M. 2017 Scholarships Awarded by the Easter Island Foundation

Iorana,

The Easter Island Foundation has announced the annual awarding of the 2017 Fraternal Order of Moai scholarships to six students of Rapa Nui ancestry. These scholarships were funded by money raised at Ohana Luau by the Lake in Lake George, New York; Ohana Luau by the Sea in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and the Tour de FOM bike trip.

The Scholarship winners are:

Emilou Vaeari Benitez Tepano; Public relations/Marketing - Fraternal Order of Moai Ohana Scholarship ($2000)

"I will go back to the island and create my own small communications company, that will be the first one on the island. I consider that this could help the Rapanui people in different ways. Communication is a powerful tool in different aspects or expressions; it’s so powerful that it could influence or change the ways people behave or even how they think or act. The island needs important changes, especially in the social aspect. Public Relations is a profession that for many years has influenced the way we relate with to big business, brands and organizations, that is why I would like to focus my career on culture and sports, where the people of the island have a lot of potential."





Marari Taura‘a Riroroko Cabezas; Agronomy - Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Scholarship ($2000)

"One of my projects in the future is to correct the problem with untreated water on Rapa Nui. I would like to implement a system where wastewater s treated for the whole community and used as irrigation water for fertilization and crops. My greatest desire is to combat erosion, which increases every day due to rain, winds and excessive traffic of animals and humans. In the past year, I learned about useful and beneficial tools that could be applied on Rapa Nui, such as innovative irrigations systems that collect water from rain for use on crops and the recognition of fungal diseases present in crops and their control and prevention. These tools that have given me the knowledge that I can use in the future for the betterment of our everyday lives on Rapa Nui."

Maeha Vaiora León Duran; Fashion design/Industrial Process Laboratory - Fraternal Order of Moai S– holarship ($2000)

"I want to return to Rapa Nui to carry out workshops to teach the care and way of using Rapanui materials such as mahute, kakaka and seashells (pipi, pure, etc.). The workshops will consist of teaching basic skills to take measurements, make molds, and the use of different machines to begin to develop small companies and organize ideas to create a collection. The aim is to save and preserve ancestral clothing and to improve the quality and preparation of garments to be used in parades and cultural festivals."





Tipanie Blanco Velásquez; Medicine - Fraternal Order of Moai Scholarship ($2000)

"Once I finish my studies, I will work first on the continent (Chile), to gain more experience as a doctor. In addition, I want to provide for support and guidance to all the Rapanui people who must go the continent for medical reasons, because few people on the continent fully inform the Rapanui people of the medical procedures and administrative steps they must take. Afterwards, I will return to the island to offer my professional services to the Rapanui community. With more experience and belonging to the Rapa Nui culture, I will be able to provide good quality service as a doctor, not only professionally but also as a protector of Rapanui culture, knowing the needs of the people of the island. I would like to do projects, together with other health professionals, to give the Rapanui people full and quality care, so that the smallest number of people on the island have to travel to the continent to go to the doctor."

Américo Loyola Edmunds; Agronomy; Roger Danger Carlson Award ($1,525)

"After completing the program in Engineering in Agriculture, I am currently taking a course on the installation of photovoltaic solar panels. I would like to be able to create a sustainable project for agriculture on Rapa Nui based on renewable energy emitted by the solar panels. The possibility of continuing my studies for a year and a half more to get a degree to Agronomy motivates and encourages me, and as I acquire more knowledge and experience, both practical and theoretical, I can later teach classes at the Agricultural School "Aldea Educativa" on the island to the future generations."





Oscar Pakomio Jara; Physical Education and Health - Fraternal Order of Moai Scholarship ($2000)

"During this year I carried out my professional practice and my thesis which was based on a comparative study between the level of active displacement between the students of the continent and Rapa Nui. This motivated me to continue investigating and carrying out studies in the Rapa Nui village, since, very few studies exist on the island, in terms of living habits, daily habits, etc., especially in the field of health. Only by enhancing the study and research of our island in various subjects, we can improve our quality of life on the island, which is a task in which everyone can and should participate. This is one of the reasons that motivates me to continue studying and improving in my area of expertise, deepening my knowledge and acquiring greater tools to improve the life and prestige of my beloved island."


The 2017 Ohana Luau by the Lake is fast approaching! Proceeds from both of these events will help fund scholarships in 2018. Join the Moai at our events and experience a special brand of "fun with a purpose."

Please visit http://www.fraternalorderofmoai.org/ for more information about our events.

Keep the Torches Burning,

-Tagata Maori Rogorogo

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 2016, Ohana: Luau by the Sea 2016, and the inaugural "Tour de FOM" bike trip, the Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization, has donated $17,025 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, Ohana: Luau by the Sea in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and along the Katy Trail in Missouri. 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, $10,000 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.

In addition to the scholarship fund donation, $2,500 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.

And finally earlier this year members of the the Red Palms Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Moai organized the Tour de FOM along the Katy Trail and raised an additional $1,525 for the Easter Island Foundation to continue funding for the “Fraternal Order of Moai Roger Carlson Scholarship."

The fun will continue in the coming year. Plans for Ohana: Luau at the Lake 2017 in June and the return of the Chicago Area Tiki Tour 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

And the CATT came back

Aloha!

The Chicago Area Tiki Tour returns for a third life in 2017!

Follow them on Facebook for all the latest news about event plans and ticket sales.

Keep the Torches Burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

Ohana Luau by the Sea returns for an encore!

Aloha,

Ohana: Luau by the Sea will return for a 2016 encore in Sunny Florida from September 30th to October 2nd. All the fun you expect from Ohana.... plus the Mai-Kai Restaurant!!

Join us in Fort Lauderdale for more Fun With A Purpose as we raise funds for scholarships. More info at www.LuauByTheSea.com.

Keep the Torches Burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

F.O.M. 2016 Scholarships Awarded by the Easter Island Foundation

Iorana,

The Easter Island Foundation has announced the annual awarding of the 2016 Fraternal Order of Moai scholarships to six students of Rapa Nui ancestry. These scholarships were funded by money raised at Ohana Luau by the Lake in Lake George, New York; Ohana Luau by the Sea in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and the Chicago Area Tiki Tour.

The Scholarship winners are:

Ma’ara Teave Atam (Fraternal Order of Moai Scholarship – $2000) is studying Architecture at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Valparaíso. When she graduates, she would like to return to the island and teach sustainable construction by recycling and reutilizing elements now considered trash. Her dream is to renovate a zone on Rapa Nui called Hanga Hemú, which is now being excavated for basalt rock by MOP (Ministry of Public Works) and CONAF (Corporación Nacional Forestal). Her future vision includes the creation and launching of a sustainable fish production system using natural methods and incorporating her study of architecture. As an indigenous Rapa Nui, she sees the development of her community primarily from the point of view of welfare, not just the growth of tourism business or development of sports and culture-related activities. She believes that as professionals of the future, the younger generation should assist with sustainable development to help their community.

Americo Loyola Edmunds (Fraternal Order of Moai Scholarship– $2000) is studying Agriculture and Livestock Technology at the Instituto Profesional Santo Tomas in Viña del Mar. When he graduates, he would like to return to the island and start a greenhouse project to grow and harvest fresh vegetables year round to maintain a balance of the cost of fresh produce. He feels that one of the most challenging problems facing Rapa Nui today is the lack of fresh water and as far as growing food, proposes to build small reservoirs adjacent to growing areas to maintain a water supply nearby.






Oscar Jara Pakomio (Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Roger Danger Carlson Memorial Scholarship – $2000) is studying Physical Education and Health at Pontificia Universidad Católica in Valparaíso. He chose the career of education because he loves sports, physical activity and activities in nature. When he graduates, he wants to return to the island and work towards the creation of recreational activity venues to encourage healthy and active lifestyles to help lessen the effects of obesity, sedentary lifestyle and diabetes. Oscar sees a need for better education of the Rapanui people, and hopes that those who study abroad will return to Rapa Nui to work in their chosen careers. In 2014, his classes gave him a host of new and fulfilling experiences that made him even more pleased with his career choice. He had the opportunity to fulfill the role of physical education teacher at an educational establishment in the region planning classes, choosing content, evaluating evidence and sharing with students of different levels. After this great experience, he felt totally confident and motivated as he realized that he now has the skills to interact with different children and people to guide and educate them using the knowledge he gained at college related to sports and physical activity. His greatest desire and ambition is to motivate people of Easter Island to choose an active lifestyle and healthy life, practicing a variety of conventional and emerging sports, and to educate the Rapanui people about the benefits these activities provide for health to all generations, thus avoiding various cardiovascular diseases characteristic of the 21st century that affect the people of the island, such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, among others.

Ghislaine Tepano Tepano (Fraternal Order of Moai Ohana Scholarship – $1000) is studying Commercial Engineering and Finance at the Universidad Andrés Bello in Santiago. After she graduates, she would like to start her own eco-friendly and sustainable company on Rapa Nui, with the goal of helping to preserve Rapanui culture. 












Marari Riroroco Cabezas (Fraternal Order of Moai Scholarship– $2000) is studying agronomy at the Universidad de Viña del Mar. Her choice of agriculture as a career was strengthened as a result of studying of professional agricultural technology at the Aldea Educativa on Rapa Nui and also because at any early age, the importance of agricultural work caught her attention. On Rapanui, the bulk of both vegetable consumption and livestock comes from abroad (mainly Chile), and she feels that it is extremely important to acquire the knowledge necessary to contribute to Rapa Nui by decreasing the importation of food to the island, so that the Rapanui people can become their own food producers.







Teresita Mihi Tiare Manutomatoma Hotus (Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Scholarship – $2000) is studying Engineering in Business Administration and Finance at Universidad Tecnológica de Chile INACAP in Santiago.  “The aim of my studies is to help and contribute significantly to my island and always protect, preserve, and respect our ancestors in our cultural identity”. One of her biggest concerns is the controlling immigration to the island without changing the natural, social and cultural environment of the island.








The 2016 Ohana Luau by the Lake is fast approaching and plans for the second annual Ohana Luau by the Sea are underway. Proceeds from both of these events will help fund the 2017 scholarships. Join the Moai at these events and experience their special brand of fun with a purpose.

Please visit http://www.fraternalorderofmoai.org/ohana/ and http://fraternalorderofmoai.org/ohanabtsea/ for more information about these events.

Keep the Torches Burning,

-Tagata Maori Rogorogo

2016 Ohana Lua by the Lake June 23-26

June 23rd the Fraternal Order of Moai will gather in Lake George New York for Ohana Luau at the Lake for a three day charity event at the historic Tiki Resort. This fun filled event starts Thursday night with a Kickoff party featuring the band Evil Streaks. Friday you can relax and enjoy scenic Lake George, but save your energy for a fun filled evening of music and room crawl entertainment. The musical entertainment continues through Saturday with a silent auction, vendors and a Luau feast. This event will sell out for ticket information please visit: www.LuauAtTheLake.com For more information about the event and bands check out the Ohana Facebook page

Moai form new chapter in the Peach State!

Moai form new chapter in the Peach State!

Aloha!

Sound the conch and light the torches! The Fraternal Order of Moai is pleased to announce the formation of the Order's newest Chapter in Atlanta Georgia. The Tongariki chapter is devoted to the preservation of Tiki as well as doing good works in and having fun in the region.

Founding members of the Tongariki chapter are RumJourney, Antipants, Tikihutt Honeycutt, Kiki an'e, and Nyarlathotiki.

Keep the torches burning,

-Tangata Maori Rogorogo

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 2015 and the first annual Ohana: Luau by the Sea, the Fraternal Order of Moai, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(10) organization founded in 2005, has donated $11,500 to the Easter Island Foundation to support scholarships for youth from the island of Rapa Nui and the foundation’s general fund!

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 Ohana: Luau by the Sea in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 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 two parts.

First, $9,000 will be donated in the form of four 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.

In addition to the scholarship fund donation, $2,500 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.

Earlier this year the Red Palms Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Moai donated an additional $2,500 to the Easter Island Foundation to fund the “Fraternal Order of Moai Roger Carlson Scholarship” with funds raised at the second Chicago Area Tiki Tour.

The fun will continue in the coming year. Plans for Ohana: Luau at the Lake 2016 in June and the second annual Ohana: Luau by the Sea are rolling along. We are also excited at the prospect of growing our charitable support for the Easter Island Foundation and other worthy causes through the newly created Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization.

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

Keep the torches burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

Introducing the Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation

Aloha,

For the past ten years the Fraternal Order of Moai has been steadily growing our “Good Works” – community service and charity fundraising. The Fellowship has been overjoyed by the success of our efforts and we thank all of the people who attend and sponsor those activities.

As a nonprofit fraternal order we have been able to do many things to pursue this mission but there are limits to what is allowed. We also want to be sure that the Order is putting energy into the other activities that we participate in as a Fellowship and social network.

To achieve all these things the Order decided to form a sister organization, the Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation, which will become the umbrella for all of our Good Works. After review, the IRS has accepted our application and the Foundation has been granted exempt 501(c)(3) status.

There is more work to do but we look forward to building and growing this charitable foundation. Stay tuned to Ipu Ki for updates.

Mahalo for your support past, present, and future.

Keep the Torches Burning!

–Tagata Maori Rogorogo

Fraternal Order of Moai Red Palm Chapter funds Memorial Scholarship

The Fraternal Order of Moai Red Palms chapter has announced that they are donating $2,500 to the Easter Island Foundation from funds raised during the 2015 Chicago Area Tiki Tour. This donation will fund the "Fraternal Order of Moai Roger Carlson Scholarship fund. For more information about the Easter Island Foundation, please go to www.islandheritage.org.

Fraternal Order of Moai Summer-Fall Event round up!

Aloha!

As August arrives the Fraternal Order of Moai has three events to carry us into Fall. First off we have Hot Rod Hula Hop #7 presented by the Kahiki and Kon-Tiki chapters on August 7th and 8th in Columbus Ohio. This fun filled weekend kicks off with a feast at the Grass Skirt Tiki room with music by Francis Llacuna and a charity Mystery bowl auction. Saturday at noon doors open to the public at the Sequoia Pro Bowl where there will be vendors, and a car show during the day and four bands and three performance by Mon Cherie Burlesque into the evening. Check out Hotrodhulahop.com for details and ticket information.

Next up, on September 19th the PukaPuka chapter will be presenting Makahiki-A Night of Tiki at the Time Out Lounge in Indianapolis, Indiana. This charity event will showcase performances from The Cocktail Preachers, Roland Remington, The Troubadours, Rocket Doll Revue, Mimi Le Yu and Dr Johnny Yuma. Doors open at 7 for this night of fun. Go to indymahiki.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

Closing out our year of events we have Ohana Luau by the Sea in Fort Lauderdale Florida October 1st through 3rd at the Sheraton Ft. Lauderdale Airport Hotel. This three day event kicks off with a party at the Kreepy Tiki Lounge on Thursday night. Friday there will be time for the beach or to catch a carving demonstration by De Tiki Custom Carving. The evening takes the festivities to the World-Famous Mai Kai Polynesian Restaurant and Bar for dinner and a show. Saturday unveils the Ohana Marketplace, pool-side games, music, pop up bars, and tasting events before the Ohana Luau that night. Please visit: Ohana Lua by the Sea for hotel and ticket information.

Keep the Torches Burning,

-Tangat Maori Rogorogo

Ohana: Luau by the Sea tickets on sale now!

Aloha!

We're excited because next week is Ohana: Luau at the Lake but first we have big news!

Tickets for Ohana: Luau by the Sea, the second GREATEST, most action-filled, fun, value-packed, "biggest little event in tiki," are now on sale!

Ohana: Luau by the Sea is a three-day charity event held in several locations in and around Fort Lauderdale from October 1st through 3rd, 2015. What should you expect if you decide to join us? FUN, friendship, classic cocktails (mixed RIGHT!), live music, DJs, contests, vendors, auctions, prizes, food and a live Polynesian show! And that’s just the start of it! Fort Lauderdale itself is a wonderful slice of Americana with a mix of weird roadside attractions, old mom & pop theme motels, and more entertainment than you can shake a stick at!

Stay tuned for updates on bands (but the Ohana favorite 9th Wave will be there, you can be on that), sponsors, contests, and all that good stuff.

Now go reserve a hotel room and get those tickets and we will see you by the Sea!

Keep the Torches Burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

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