Aloha and Happy New Year!
We are very pleased to announce that after closing the books for 2010 the Fraternal Order of Moai, Inc., an Ohio non-profit corporation, has donated $5,000 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. The Order was pleased to have Mr. David Rose, President of the Board of Directors for the Easter Island Foundation, address our national convention in 2010.
Funds for this gift, including a portion of general event proceeds, a soak the Moai dunk tank, as well as silent auction and mystery bowl auction donations, were raised at Ohana Luau at the Lake in Lake George, New York. Ohana 2010 proved to be a worthy sequel to the inaugural event in 2009 thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, donors, performers, and attendees. Everyone had a fantastic time at the event while this money was raised so this was truly fun with a purpose!
The gift also includes proceeds from the limited edition "Music for Moai" CD that premiered at Ohana 2010. Compiled by Jeff Chenault, "Music for Moai" was comprised entirely of unreleased tracks from popular exotica and surf artists including the WAITIKI 7, Francis Llacuna, Pablus, Vegas 66, and Go! Tsunami.
The gift has been split into three parts.
First, $2,500 will be offered as a larger and renewed The Fraternal Order of Moai Scholarship to a Rapa Nui student for use in paying college expenses. Preference will be given to those students who intend to return with skills to benefit the Rapa Nui people and island upon graduation. The first Fraternal Order of Moai Scholarship was awarded in 2010 to Ana Huki Fuentes. Ana attends the University of Valparaíso in Viña del Mar, Chile, where she is learning Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Second, $2,000 will be offered as a new The Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Scholarship named for the bird-man competition that took place on the island of Rapa Nui. We look forward to announcing the names of the students who have been awarded these scholarships later this year.
Third, $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.
The fun will continue in the coming year. Plans for Ohana Luau at the Lake 2011 in June are rolling along. Come join the Moai and experience fun with a purpose for yourself. Hotel reservations are now being accepted and ticket sales will begin soon. Find more information online at www.LuauAtTheLake.com and Facebook.com/OhanaLuau.
Keep the torches burning,
—Tagata Maori Rogorogo