About This Journal

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.

Members of the Easter Island Foundation receive printed issues and electronic access to the journal. The Foundation provides a forum for a variety of programs and activities designed to further knowledge of the vast region of Oceania.

The Easter Island Foundation was founded in 1989 with the mission of building a library on Easter Island and promoting awareness of the island’s fragile heritage. This 501(c)(3) organization has partnered with the Rapanui people and other groups to support the following initiatives:

  • • Provide for financial aid and scholarships to academically promising Easter Island students of Rapanui heritage to assist or enable them to attend accredited colleges and universities
  • • Provide support for the William Mulloy Library, a research library on Easter Island
  • • Promote and stimulate interest and research on Easter Island and other Polynesian islands by members of scientific, historical and cultural disciplines;
  • • Work for the conservation and protection of Easter Island, its history, culture and environment
  • • Inform and educate local, national, and international communities as well as the general public with regard to the importance and significance of Easter Island’s unique heritage and priceless monumental treasures
  • • Facilitate communication and encourage research among anthropologists, archaeologists, geologists, linguists, historians and other interested parties through the publication of journals, books and other media-related sources as well as conducting or supporting regional, national or international scientific conferences related to Easter Island and the Pacific region
  • • Develop an endowment fund through investments, bequests, gifts, corporate and Easter Island Foundation contributions and other related sources to provide a pool of financial resources for the support of the Foundation’s programs