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.
Keep the torches burning,
—Tagata Maori Rogorogo