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.
Explorers Club members, Edmundo Edwards FI’90 of Chile/Easter Island and Lynn Danaher FN’05 have created the Pacific Islands Research Institute, a 501c3 non-profit to fund their research along with healthcare and history education. PIRI is dedicated to the study, understanding the cultures, promoting good health while still honoring the unique cultural heritage and fragile environment of the remote islands of the Pacific Ocean.
The long-term plan for PIRI is to impart knowledge of the special and endangered environments, unique history, to promote mental and physical health care throughout the varied cultures of the Pacific islands. Current efforts are focused on the some of the most remote islands of the Pacific, Raivavae, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Papua New Guinea, The Caroline’s and the Marquesas. The plan to accomplish this is through series of educational programs, including slideshow lectures, film festivals, documentary film productions and photo exhibits. To date we have distributed and gave instructions in the use of of AED’s (automated external defibrillator (AED) a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation). Most islands are without them. To date AED’s have been gifted to Rapa Nui, Raivavae in the Austral Group, Hiva Oa in the Marquesas and in 2017 to Kosrae in the Caroline group.
To date, a documentary film about Raivavae and Papua New Guinea has been produced and are 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. Also, 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 build a Planetarium on Rapa Nui, to offer lectures, presentations on history, and preventive healthcare, as well as screen educational documentary films to the general public and school groups. This is imperative; to educate in order to understand the importance of proper healthcare while still preserving their culture in these remote isolated environments.