UH Press to Publish Rapa Nui Journal

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UH Press will publish Rapa Nui Journal in a new partnership with the Easter Island Foundation. Image courtesy of UH Press.

University of Hawai‘i Press has announced it will take over publishing for the Rapa Nui Journal (RNJ) as part of a new partnership with the Easter Island Foundation (EIF).

RNJ is a forum for interdisciplinary studies on Easter Island and the Eastern Polynesian region spanning the humanities and social sciences. Abstracts in the journal’s articles are published in English, Spanish or Rapanui.

“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.”


EIF provides a forum for a variety of programs designed to raise awareness around the heritage and knowledge of Easter Island and the region of Oceania. Subscribers of Rapa Nui Journal receive both a print and electronic copy of publications.

Content from the journal may now be read online at Project MUSE. Readers may also receive email alerts of new RNJ content posted online by subscribing.

As part of the agreement, UH Press will provide assistance to EIF 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.”

The partnership between UH Press and EIF represents a continuing legacy of publishing for each organization. UH Press has been a leading publisher of Pacific Island studies for more than 70 years. EIF has been promoting Easter Island’s heritage through print since 1989.

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



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