We had the opportunity to visit Easter Island, or Rapa Nui as the locals call it. It is the southeastern most point in the Polynesian triangle. Our trip to one of the most remote inhabited island started with a 6 hour flight from Santiago. The closest continental point lies in central Chile about 2,100 miles away!
Easter Island is famous for the moai, or statues that are located throughout the island. The made for some amazing photo opportunities and their history is even more incredible. We learned that “moai” actually means “statue” in Rapa Nui. The moai would be carried from the quarry, where they were mostly carved, to their final resting place. Once the moai were placed on the ahu or platform they would be giving the special characteristics of the person they commemorated in death. How the several tons of moai were moved around the island remains a mystery but Rapa Nui history tells us they used mana or magic and you could feel the magic on the island!