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

Hot Rod Hula Hop 6 tickets on sale now!

Aloha!

The Hot Rod Hula Hop 7 band lineup is now locked and loaded, and it’s our biggest and best yet! That’s saying something, considering past years have brought you The Supersuckers, The Madeira, Waitiki, Fisherman, Daikaiju, The Cocktail Preachers and The Koffin Kats, among many others.

We tip our fez to Kuku Ahu, who has booked Hot Rod Hula Hop’s performers since the inaugural event in 2005. He’s knocked it out of the park this year with the legendary Unknown Hinson, Milwaukee’s The Revomatics, Cleveland’s The Whiskey Daredevils and a host of other great regional acts.

What does Ahu himself have to say about this year’s bands?

“This year’s lineup for me is like when you are playing poker and you know without a doubt that you have the winning hand at the table. All aces. Royal flush. I’m very excited to see the cards on the table and watch it all play out. It is just that good,” said Ahu over a well-deserved Navy Grog.

Don’t miss Hot Rod Hula Hop — the Midwest’s biggest summer tiki festival — on August 7 & 8 in Columbus, Ohio! Tickets are on sale now at HotRodHulaHop.com!

Keep the Torches Burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

Makahiki-A Night of Tiki

September 19th the Fraternal Order of Moai PukaPuka chapter will be presenting "Makahiki-A Night of Tiki" at the Time Out Lounge. The night will showcase performances from the Cocktail Preachers, Roland Remington, Rocket Doll Revue, Mimi Le Yu, and DJ Johnny Yuma. Ticket information will be available soon. Proceeds will benefit the Southside Animal Shelter. Check out IndyMakahiki.com for more information.

F.O.M. 2015 Scholarships Awarded by the Easter Island Foundation

Easter Island Foundation

Iorana,

At the 2014 Ohaha Luau at the Lake in Lake George New York; the Fraternal Order of the Moai, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(10) organization founded in 2005, raised $7000 for the Easter Island Foundation Scholarship program. The Easter Island Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1989, was named by the Moai as the organizations national charity in 2008.
The E.I.F. scholarship committee selected a total of eight students. The Fraternal Order of Moai donation will fund three full scholarships and one partial scholarship for one semester. The other semester will be funded with donations by the Ananda Foundation.

Maara Teave Atam

The E.I.F. scholarship committee chose the following students to be funded by the Order's donation:

Ma’ara Teave Atam (The 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 the Ministry of Public Works and Corporación Nacional Forestal.

Jose Calderon Fati

Jose Calderon Fati (The Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Scholarship,$2000) is studying Environment and Natural Resources at Universidad Católica del Norte in Antofagasta. During the past year Jose had the opportunity to work with children in schools with limited resources to teach them about entrepreneurship and provide a vision for them for future projects. He also participated in science fairs focusing on water resources with some of these children. He found this experience extremely useful and applicable to the Easter Island community, where some youth with a conformist attitude lack a vision for the future.

Oscar Jara Pakomio

Oscar Jara Pakomio (The Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Scholarship, $2000) is studying Physical Education and Health at Pontificia Universidad Católica in Valparaíso. 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. 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.

Ghislaine Rebeca Tepano Tepano

Ghislaine Rebeca Tepano Tepano (The Fraternal Order of Moai Ohana Scholarshi, $1000 and Sheree Lipton/Ananda Foundation Award $1000) is studying Commericial 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.

Plans for Ohana Luau at the Lake and Ohana Luau by the Sea are underway and proceeds for these events will help fund next years scholarships.

Please join the Moai at one of these events and experience Fun with a purpose.

CATT tickets on sale now!

Aloha,

Ticket sales for the second Chicago Area Tiki Tour are now open at chicagoareatikitour.com! Sign up now for a fun-filled bus tour of the area's best tiki venues.

See you in the Windy City in April.

CATT2

Keep the Torches Burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

Ohana you know you wanna!

Aloha!

The organizers of this year's Ohana Luau at the Lake has loaded our brain pans with lots of rockin' news. They have lined up some awesome bands this year. Thursday night The Neanderthals will rock us like it's the stone age at the Bedrock-A-Go-Go Kickoff party. During the event be prepared to be wowed by the sounds of 9th Wave, Waitiki, The Outta Sites, and Los Straitjackets. There will also be the charity silent auction, vendors, Luau feast and Polynesian performance to check out. All in beautiful Lake George at The Tiki resort.

Ohana sells out every year so if you want to join the fun make sure you line up your hotel and head over to www.fraternalorderofmoai.org/ohana to purchase your tickets.

See you at the Lake!

-Tangata Maori Rogorogo

Hot Rod Hula Hop 6 raises $4,000 for Cure CMD

Aloha,

This just came floated up on the beach in an empty rum bottle...

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A tiki-themed weekend co-hosted by the Fraternal Order of Moai's two Ohio chapters raised $4,000 to help fight congenital muscular dystrophy.

Members of the FOM Kahiki and Kon-Tiki chapters recently presented the donation to Cure CMD, a 503(C)(3) nonprofit that funds research and clinical trials to find a cure for congenital muscular dystrophies.

"Your continued support of Cure CMD is not only appreciated, but sounds like it could be the most unique and fun fundraiser held each year," said Patrick May, Cure CMD chairman.

The funds for this gift were raised at Hot Rod Hula Hop 6, a two-day celebration of "Polynesian Pop" culture on August 8-9 in Columbus. The event included a tropical luau at the Grass Skirt Tiki Room, as well as a vintage car show and "rock 'n' bowl" night featuring live bands and burlesque dancers at Sequoia Pro Bowl.

"I am thrilled that the FOM Ohio chapters have been able to continue our support of CureCMD. Being able to make a difference in our on small way is why HRHH is held every year. We look forward to the day that Cure CMD recognizes their goal," said "Beachcomber Brian" Panzo, Kahiki chapter president and one of the event's co-organizers.

The Kahiki chapter represents Columbus, where the FOM was founded in 2005. The Kon-Tiki chapter represents Dayton, Cincinnati and Springfield.

The Fraternal Order of Moai is an Ohio non-profit corporation and a tax exempt 501(c)(10) Domestic Fraternal Society whose events and activities reflect their core values of Good Works, Fellowship, Spirit, Presence, Preservation and Celebration.

Be sure to fire up your engines and save the date! Hot Rod Hula Hop is roaring back to Columbus, Ohio, on August 7-8, 2015. Proceeds from the 2015 event once again will be donated to Cure CMD.

For more information, visit the website at hotrodhulahop.com or follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/hotrodhulahop.

Keep the Torches Burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

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