Moai at the tender pier. Moai are enormous Easter Island heads that symbolize the ancient traditions of Rapa Nui, the native culture of Easter Island. The Moai always look inland to protect the people.
The ahu, ceremonial center, is oriented astronimically since the moai look to sunset during equinoxes.
Seven Moai at Ahu a Kivi represent the explorers sent to explore the island before Hotu Matu'a and his colonizers arrived.
Ahu Akivi is believed to have had at least 3 construction stages during the 15th century. This construction corresponds to the second and most monumental stage.
Almost 400 moai in different stages of completion line the crater, some standing and others remain in partial relief in the crater wall.
Each face of the Moai is that of an ancestor. They were carved to capture the spirit of the ancestors.
Rano Raraku is a volcanic crater. It was a quarry for about 500 years and supplied the stone from which 95% of the island's Moai were carved. the crater wall.
Largest moai is an example of how they were carved out of the mountainside.
View of Tonariki 15 Moai from Rano Raraku.
Types of volcanic rock used to carve the Moai (bottom) and pictures of Moai bodies if they were not buried (top).
The Traveling Moai has traveled to Japan for a world fair because the Japanese helped restore the 15 statues following the 1960s tsunami.
Main stone at Rano Raraku is tuff, a soft volcanic rock. The hats or top knot is carved of red scoria.
The Tonariki site is the largest platform on the island with the 15 Moai.
Unfinished lying Moai (know not fiished because he has no eyes) at the Tonariki site with the 15 Moai in the background.
Fifth Moai from right is the tallest Moai on the island standing 27 feet tall.
Horses roam free on Easer Island.
The seven Moai at Anakena were the only Moai on the island found with eyes. Original eyes are in the Museum.
Anakena Moai are the most beautiful because of the detail.
The first Moai to be restored is at Anakena Beach site.
Anakena is the place where the founding king of the Rapa Nui people, Hotu Matu'a, first set foot on the island.