Thursday, 19 April 2018

2017 05 26 Highest Point in Easter Island


Morning

I think i mentioned before that the breakfasts were great at this place. Every morning at breakfast the cat kept trying to sneak in and guilt us in to giving her food. The family kept removing her from the room, but on this morning she never got a chance to come in through the door, so she went outside and stood on a ornamental Moai in the garden, the whole time trying to judge whether she could make the jump across to the window. She eventually had a go and she made it.




I went on a bit of a grocery shop with my guide, the groceries were lunch for everyone working on the Kingdom Hall that day.


I thought it was interesting that they seem to like white eggs, where-as I think in Oceania we think the brown ones are nicer. The fact is that there is no difference.

Journey to the highest point

The only thing I wanted to achieve on this day was to walk to the highest point. I got a lift to the beginning of a path that you can take to get there.

This is looking out towards Hanga Roa, which is where everyone lives




A giant crater on the way.


while you're up there you see horses wandering everywhere







this marks the highest point

Just sitting on the grass up there for a while and looking out at the sea is amazing. The sea is all around you 360 degrees. The big sea clouds just roll over above. I like the contrast of the land and sea in these shots.





I went off the path for about 10 minutes just to look around and saw this marking, its actually a symbol for one of their old gods. Likely very old, it impressed on me how every square metre of this place probably has some history about it.



The walk back down

The walk up had a constant consistent gradient, it was challenging only in that it took a while and you were wondering how much further. But this gradient suits coming back down very nicely.




On the way back, we stopped by at the Kingdom Hall again to take a look. The frame had gone up in the morning, a few days earlier the concrete was just laid. On the far right they had also started on the stone wall in the Chilean style.




I made a booking for this, the only, Japanese restaurant on the island. I was surprised they even had one, and a real one at that. This is no.1 best dinner I've ever had. I really want to go to Japan one day.


and coke of course.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

2017 05 25 Easter Island Museum and Meeting

Father Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum

I decided to make sure I went to the museum on the island to see and learn as much as I could. I wasn't disappointed, I got to see allot of the details that I was told about but never saw.

Some tools used in the carving.

Their writing, which I find really interesting. The detail of the characters suggest allot of history and meaning. Almost all knowledge has been lost about the Rapa Nui.


This is how the eye's are carved. For some reason this was not what I expected.


The local meeting of Jehovah's Witnesses

I went to the meeting this night. The first 30 minutes is in Rapa Nui, they were studying a portion of a brochure that is translated in to Rapa Nui. The Rapa Nui wear a shirt that is like a Hawaiian shirt, but with more detail and more subtle colour. They have the top button open and no tie. This is their cultures most formal attire, and it looked great to see all the brothers although not in a suite, there is a uniformity to it but allot of personality at the same time. Their singing was just like the way I have heard Maori's sing.

They then start the meeting in Spanish. I was able to follow most of it, I find it interesting how much you can actually get out of a meeting just by working out what scriptures are about to be read and reading them.

After the meeting most were able to talk with me in English. The congregation at the time had allot of brothers and sisters from all over the world helping to build the new Kingdom Hall.


Thursday, 5 April 2018

2017 05 24 Easter Island tour day 2

It was an early morning to get to Ahu Tongariki which is on the east side of the island. My National parks ticket allowed me to go there and it was the best place to watch the sun rise behind these, of the largest Moai on Easter Island.

Ahu Tongariki sunrise








In the background that is part the crater shaped rock formation which was where all the Moai were carved from.






After the sunrise, I was shown a few more sites Moai sites:





The Moai Quarry: Rano Raraku

This is the quarry where all the Moai were carved out of the rock face. In these first photos these Moai had been carved out of the rock, brought down and place in to a hole in the ground where more carving work could be done in more detail. These ones were just left as they were when worship and creation of the Moai suddenly stopped.






This is my attempt at the famous photo that I remember seeing in text books in school. It was mid-day so the light was harsh; but my shot is still not framed right.


This is a Moai that was en-route to somewhere on the island.


And another..

In the for-ground centre of this photo you can make out the shape of a Moai that was being carved. This one would have been 22 metres tall. As you walk around here, your eyes start seeing Moai shapes in the rock everywhere.








Another look at Ahu Tongariki:


Anakena

"According to island oral traditions, Anakena was the landing place of Hotu Matu'a, a Polynesian chief who led a two-canoe settlement party here and founded the first settlement on Rapa Nui." - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anakena

Its a nice beach, sunny, warm and humid. This was where my tour ended.