Hanana's Residential (Mata Vai Rahi)
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There are many mysteries that shroud Easter Island, also know and Rapa Nui. The islands remoteness and lack of historical records all contribute to its air of mystery. Where did its inhabitants come from? What happened to the once fertile island? How did the great monoliths that dot the island get built?
There are two main theories as to who and how the island was first inhabited. One legend based on local lore says that a Polynesian chief named Hota Matu'a arrived on ...
... yet with seven statues stood gazing out to the Pacific an usual position as most statues were standing with their backs to the water. It’s worth mentioning at this point that all the statues on the island had been pushed over so any that are now standing are doing so because they have been resurrected by teams of archaeologists and locals. The final stop on our fascinating day was Ana Te Pahu, a network of caves also called “lave tubes” which were formed by ...
... prisoners on their own island. The Rapanui were confined to the town of Hanga Roa and the rest of the island was rented to the Williamson-Balfour Company as a sheep farm until 1953. The island was then managed by the Chilean Navy until 1966, at which point the island was finally reopened in its entirety. Easter Island currently has around 5,800 residents and over 60% of these people are descendants of the native Rapa Nui people.
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... of information, home to yet another moai, and best of all, there's no one there! We filled our days with treks athwart the isle. Up the west coast, exploring the ancient lava tubules, which are now caves. Squeezing into a hole in the floor, crammed between rock walls, with only an iPhone torch to enter a drippy cave not unlike the film 'The Descent'. We jumped out of our skin when someone came in ten minutes after us. It was a near-shart moment. Trekking up to Rano Kau ...
The flat was right in the heart of the city but the streets were empty, bar packs of dogs. The shops, petrol station and restaurants were all closed. Down in the "Zona Pubs" near the railway station, we found a single corner café open. We asked what food there was and it seemed everything involved chips. Inside the TV played 1980s hits such as Depeche Mode, Erasure and Yazoo. It reminded Joan of her time in Manchester ...