Easter Island Ahu Akivi Statues Tour
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The intriguing moai at Ahu Akivi are an anomaly among the nearly 900 that are scattered around Easter Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Rapa Nui built these statues looking out over the ocean and not facing inland, like the others. The most likely reason for this was to aid navigators at sea. But legend says that Hau-Maka, King Hotu Matu'a's priest, had a dream that the king's soul flew across the ocean. When he shared his vision with the king, the king sent seven scouts to explore the faraway land in anticipation of a move.
At the time, the king and his people likely lived in the Polynesian islands of the Marquesas and migrated to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) sometime between 700 and 1,100 A.D. To honor the seven scouts, the king had moai erected, with the large stone platform (ahu) built first, then a crematorium, and finally the statues, which were all equal in size, suggesting the scouts' importance.
The ahu may also have served as a celestial observatory. Unlike anywhere else on the island, they directly face sunset during the Spring Equinox and have their backs to the sunrise during the Autumn Equinox. Like the majority of the other statues, the seven in Aku Akivi consist of tuff from the Rano Raraku quarry..
You'll also explore the primitive Ahu Hanga Poukura site, known for its moai lying on the ground and the sculpted scoria topknots surrounding them. Finally, visit the Puna Pau quarry, where the reddish volcanic rocks came from. The mystery of Rapa Nui's moai may come in your dreams, just like it did for Hau-Maka.
Fashionable Polynesian headwear
One defining feature of a handful of the moai on Easter Island are topknots crowning the heads of the statues. Made of volcanic red rock called scoria, they probably represent the headdresses adorned in red feathers or the fancy hairstyles favored by Polynesian chiefs. They were proportionally designed to the size of the moai, which sometimes made them eight feet tall, eight feet in diameter, and very heavy.
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