Early Release Articles: Rapa Nui Journal (October 2018)

Earlier this year, UH Press renewed the publication of the Rapa Nui Journal in a new partnership with the Easter Island Foundation. Two early release articles for Vol. 31, No. 1, are now available on the Project MUSE platform.

RAPA NUI JOURNFig. 2. Soft, siliceous woody plant
Figure 2 from “Revisiting Rapa Nui Mata‘a” an early release article now available on Project MUSE.

“Comparisons of Moriori, Maori, and Easter Island Cognates” by Rhys Richards

All the surviving 1,200 words from the extinct Moriori language were compared with Maori and Easter Island languages. A Moriori speaker would have understood much said by an Easter Islander as their languages shared at least one word in five, or over 20%, and probably shared many more.

“Revisiting Rapa Nui Mata‘a” by Robin Torrence, Nina Kononenko, Peter White

Based on a use-wear and residue analysis of a collection of 12 mata‘a in the Australian Museum, Sydney, we question the value of relying on tool shape as an adequate indication of past use. Although the tools in this collection were used for a broad range of tasks, including plant processing, wood, shell and bone working, and cutting and piercing of flesh or skin, some may have been used in interpersonal conflict. The study illustrates the value of museum ethnographic collections for understanding past tool use. Continue reading “Early Release Articles: Rapa Nui Journal (October 2018)”

UH Press to publish Rapa Nui Journal

Rapa Nui Journal

UH Press will renew publication of the Rapa Nui Journal in a new partnership with the Easter Island Foundation.

University of Hawai`i Press is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Easter Island Foundation for the continued publication of the Rapa Nui Journal.

Founded in 1989, the Easter Island Foundation (EIF) provides a forum for a variety of programs and activities designed to promote awareness of Easter Island’s unique heritage and to further knowledge of the vast region of Oceania. Members receive a print and electronic subscription to the Rapa Nui Journal.

“We are very excited to work with the Easter Island Foundation to publish Rapa Nui Journal and to assist in managing their membership process,” said Pamela Wilson, Journals Manager at UH Press. “We look forward to connecting with Foundation members and bringing their journal to a larger audience.”

Rapa Nui Journal (RNJ) serves as a forum for interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities and social sciences on Easter Island and the Eastern Polynesian region. Abstracts for RNJ articles are published in English, Spanish or Rapanui.

Through UH Press, content from the journal may now be read online at Project MUSE. Readers may also receive free e-mail alerts of new RNJ content posted online: sign up here.

“As a nonprofit publisher known for our publications in Pacific Island studies, we feel particularly compatible with the mission of the Easter Island Foundation,” said Joel Cosseboom, UH Press Interim Director and Publisher.

As part of the agreement, UH Press will offer the Foundation assistance with managing its member database, journal archives, marketing, subscriptions, warehousing and shipping. EIF memberships, RNJ subscriptions, and RNJ contributor guidelines may be found on the UH Press website.

“The Easter Island Foundation is pleased to be welcomed into the family of publications of the University of Hawai’i Press as they assume the publication of the Rapa Nui Journal,” said David L. Rose, President of the Easter Island Foundation. “Rapa Nui Journal has a long history of supporting the publication and dissemination of Polynesian research starting with the hand-typed Rapa Nui Notes over 30 years ago. From that humble beginning, the Rapa Nui Journal became a strong, peer-reviewed voice of research about Rapa Nui and Polynesia. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with UH Press as we begin this next phase of the Rapa Nui Journal.”

RNJ joins other established Pacific Island studies journals published by UH Press, including The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island AffairsAsian Perspectives: The Journal of Archaeology for Asia and the Pacific and Oceanic Linguistics.

For more details, please contact Journals Manager Pamela Wilson at (808) 956-6790 or pwilson6@hawaii.edu.


UHP-primarylogo-2cEstablished in 1947, the University of Hawai`i Press supports the mission of the university through the publication of books and journals of exceptional merit. The Press strives to advance knowledge through the dissemination of scholarship—new information, interpretations, methods of analysis—with a primary focus on Asian, Pacific, Hawaiian, Asian American, and global studies. It also serves the public interest by providing high-quality books, journals and resource materials of educational value on topics related to Hawai`i’s people, culture, and natural environment. Through its publications the Press seeks to stimulate public debate and educate both within and outside the classroom.


EIFlogoThe Easter Island Foundation was originally founded to create a research library on Rapa Nui to house the collections of anthropologist William Mulloy and to encourage study and research about the island. The Foundation provides a forum for a variety of programs and activities designed to further knowledge about Easter Island and Oceania. Programs include a scholarship program that provides financial aid to assist students of Rapanui ancestry with their college education, as well as the publication of the Rapa Nui Journal, which fulfills the foundation’s mission to promote, stimulate, and disseminate research on Easter Island and other Polynesian islands by members of scientific, historical, and cultural disciplines. The Easter Island Foundation is a non-profit 501(3)(c) organization. Donations may be made directly to the Easter Island Foundation, P.O. Box 6774, Los Osos, CA 93412-6774 . Phone: (805)-528-8558.