Editor: Dr. Mara A. Mulrooney, Director of Cultural Resources, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum


The Rapa Nui Journal (RNJ) is the official, peer-reviewed journal, of the Easter Island Foundation (EIF). The journal serves as a forum for interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities and social sciences on Easter Island and the Eastern Polynesian region. Each issue may include Research Articles, Research Reports, Commentaries or Dialogues, Book or Media Reviews and EIF News.

RNJ is published twice a year and welcomes contributions from a wide range of social, cultural, indigenous and historical disciplines on topics related to the lives and cultures of the peoples of Rapa Nui and Eastern Polynesia. Abstracts for articles may be published in English, Spanish, and Rapanui. We welcome submissions from scholars across Oceania, North and South America, and beyond.

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SAMPLE ISSUE, VOL. 30#2 (2016)

Current Issue: Volume 13, Issue 1 (1999) March 1999

Research Paper


The Petroglyphs of Kahalu'u, Kona, Hawai'i
Dave Tuggle and Myra Tomonari-Tuggle

Research Report


Rapa Nui Rocks Update
Vincent R. Lee


Astronomy and Rongorongo
Sergei V. Rjabchikov

Commentaries or Dialogues

Book or Media Reviews

EIF News

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