Explorers Club members, Edmundo Edwards FI’90 of Chile/Easter Island and Lynn Danaher MN’05 have created the Pacific Islands Research Institute, a 501c3 non-profit to fund their research & upcoming expeditions. PIRI is dedicated to the study, understanding & preservation of the unique cultural heritage & fragile environment of the remote islands of the Pacific Ocean.
The long term plan for PIRI is to impart knowledge of the special environments, history, and varied cultures of the Pacific islands. They plan to accomplish this through series of educational programs including slideshow lectures, and documentary films and photo exhibits. Current efforts are focused on the some of the most remote islands of the Pacific, Raivavae, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Papua New Guinea and the Marquesas. To date, a documentary film about Raivavae and Papua New Guinea has been produced and still in the process of compiling a collection of over 8,000 photographs into an ethnographic record of Raivavae and the cave paintings of PNG. To date Edmundos 45 years of research on Rapa-Nui and Polynesia has been compiled into the 550 page book “When the Universe was an Island”. Future the plans are to offer, lectures, presentations and film documentation to the general public and school groups. This is imperative; to educate in order to understand the importance of preservation and continued research in these remote isolated environments
OUR PURPOSE & GOAL
To be able to pursue scientific research in these remote and unknown areas of the Pacific, we have set up several unique Expeditions with the aid of the Pacific Islands Research Institute a nonprofit. These Expeditions are led by the most prominent scientists working in such places, who will be able to reveal to you in all it’s splendor those hidden Worlds of the Pacific. We hope this way to be able to attract to these areas potential donors, and get them interested in financing Specific Educational and Scientific Research Projects of vital importance to these local populations, and to better our scientific knowledge of such areas. These involve promoting schooling and education, as well as archaeological, biological and environmental studies. Those people, who do not know or understand their past, live usually a diminished future. Our interest is therefore to promote a greater understanding of these past cultures in a wider non sectarian universal sphere, so they will be able to better conceptualize their past event and feel pride in their unique past cultural accomplishments, such as their astronomical knowledge and navigational skills, or the carving, transport and erection of the giant stone statues on Easter Island. Some of the cost of these Expeditions can be tax deductible, proceeds will be used to further the research.