More about the Rapa Nui
Our guide book said to come back as often as possible. Each time we saw new things. In different light, things
We saw other restorations (above and right).
We hiked up and looked into the lakes in the craters.
We went to the beach on the protected
side of the island on Sunday and
watched the local people swim and
Alaska Airlines messed up our schedule by arriving three hours late to LAX so that we missed our flight to Chile. To
our surprise we found the plane to Chile the next day was full so Alaska had to pay to upgrade us on to that flight.
There were two flights the following day to Easter Island. The first was totally full and when we got on the next one
there were almost no empty seats. Only a couple years ago, there were only a couple flights a week to Easter Island.
Now there are daily flights and sometimes twice daily flights, all of them Lan Chile. Our waitress told us that the
November flights must be booked three months in advance, such is the demand from Europeans to escape winter for
the spring in Easter Island.
There has been some talk of a Casino on Easter Island. My advice. Come soon while the island still has its laid back
We highly recommend Lucia a Residencia Mahina Taka Taka Georgia. She took very good care of us. Her local phone
number on Easter Island is 100-452.
Walking around the island, there was lots of evidence of the Rapa Nui past. Below is the boat shaped houses. The
holes were for branches that supported the roof.
The Rapa Nui were ingenious at agriculture. They built circular walls to protect the crops from the wind and hold in the
moisture. These walls are evident all over the island and one still sees protected plant life growing in these circles.
Rapa Nui was "discovered" by Europeans in the 1700's on Easter Sunday, hence the name Easter Island. Curiously,
the discovers killed 12 of the local people that day. Over the years the Europeans brought more killing and disease to
the island. In the 1860's Peru captured Rapa Nui as slaves. Eventually the outcry was so severe that Peru put 500 of
the Rapa Nui on an over loaded ship to be sent back to Rapa Nui. As a result of over crowding and disease, only a
hundred of the original 500 survived the return voyage. As a result of European contact, the population decreased
from 4,000 people to 100 people in the 19th century! But, the European contact was obviously a success as today
the Island is Christianized with almost 100% of the population claiming the Catholic religions.
In the 19th century, Chile, during a period of Imperialistic expansion, seized Easter island incorrectly thinking it would
make a good naval port. The Rapa Nui continued to do poorly under Chile. They were isolated in poverty to one part
of the island and the island was given over to sheep farming by a British company. The ecological disaster continued.
Finally, in the last half of the 20th century the Rapa Nui have slowly acquired self-control and with tourism now seem
to be doing very ell.
Go to Easter Island Now
Since the Island of Rapa Nui is volcanic, there are many caves and lava tubes which the Rapa Nui used for lodging.
These hidden shelter were also good for hiding from the Europeans.