The Easter Island Earthship music school was initiated by a pair of native Rapa Nui musicians, Mahani Teave and Enrique Icka who wanted to create a sustainable facility for local children to take lessons in both classical and traditional music. The small, isolated island can be a difficult environment for young people and finding a passion is key for keeping the kids out of trouble. With their NGO, Toki Rapa Nui, Mahani and Enrique raised funding for materials and systems and the Earthship Academy provided labor through its program, constructing the first three of eight classrooms during a one month session. Local builders continued on and the school was completed and inaugurated in 2016 and has received international visitors, traveling musicians and heads of state.