We are very pleased to announce that after closing the books for Ohana Luau at the Lake 2011 the Fraternal Order of Moai, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(10) organization founded in 2005, has donated $6,500 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 as well as silent auction and mystery bowl auction donations, were raised at Ohana Luau at the Lake 2011 in Lake George, New York 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 has been split into three parts.
First, $3,000 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. The 2011 scholarship was awarded to Vaitiare Tucki Rengifo. Vaitiare is studying physical education at the Universidad de Viña del Mar, Chile. She would like to see a center established on the island for people with disabilities, where they can receive the physical therapy they need.
Second, $2,500 will be offered as a larger and renewed The Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Scholarship named for the bird-man competition that took place on the island of Rapa Nui. The 2011 scholarship was awarded to Merahi Atam Lopez. Merahi is studying archaeology in Santiago, Chile at the Universidad Internacional Sek. She is also enrolled in the Master’s program in social anthropology at the Universidad Academia Humanismo Cristiano, also in Santiago.
We look forward to announcing the names of the students who have been awarded both of these scholarships in early 2012.
Third, $1,000 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.
The fun will continue in the coming year. Plans for Ohana Luau at the Lake 2012 in June are rolling along. Come join the Moai June 21-24, 2012, 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