Robert Siegel

Easter Island

Rapa Nui

Tahai

The ahu at Tahai is on the outskirts of Hanga Roa so it is quite easily accessible.

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Tahai sunset

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Tongariki

Tongariki

moai

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Tongariki in situ

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Moai high

More flying

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If Darwin had gone to Easter Island

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Anakena

The beach at Anakena

moai

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Anakena moai

alex

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Alexandra at Anakena

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Raptor on Moai

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Chimango Caracara (Milvango Chimango)
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Ovate

Pink sand

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Clear water

omphalus

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The quarry at Rano Raraku

Guardians of the outer slopes

moai

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Heads up at Rano Raraku

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Guardian of the inner slopes

moai

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Maria

maria

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Don't slap the moai

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Akivi

Ahu Akivi

moai

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Ocean-facing moai

moai

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Moai mo' air

moai

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Ana Kai Tangata

Ceremonial cave

rapa nui

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Orongo

Rano Kau

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Birdman Islands

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Ahu restored

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Ahu wall

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Human bone fragments

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Moai hat on the beach

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Equine nursery

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Face down

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Easter Island raptor

Chimango Caracara (Milvango Chimango)
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Te Pito Te Henua

Terrestrial omphalus

omphalus

According to legend, this site represents the navel of the world. (Apparently it is a mobile belly button. Edmundo claims these stones have been moved at least twice within his memory.)

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Omphalus in situ

omphalus

These large stones may have been rounded in the ocean. smoothed by the action of water on rock.

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Hanga Roa

Church

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Flora and fauna

Subtropic bird

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Mad cows of Easter Island

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Rapanui food staple

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Raraku floral display

Milkweed

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Moai High in Northern Chile

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+ Chile

+ Islands

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Resources

Google Earth

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+ Arnold, Caroline Easter Island: Giant Stone Statues Tell of a Rich and Tragic Past

+ Diamond, Jared Collapse

+ Heyerdahl, Thor Aku-Aku

+ Haun, Beverley Inventing 'Easter Island'

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This page is dedicated to Edmundo Edwards, his wife Mara, and his daughter Alexandra who graciously hosted me during my memorable stay on Easter Island. Thanks also to his many family and friends who kept things ever-lively. Edmundo's knowledge of the island is truly extraordinary surpassed only by his ability to weave an engaging tale.

With thanks also to Claudio Cristino, Patty Vargas, Susan Anderson, Megan Fix, Bill Durham, John Rick, Rob Dunbar, and Zephyr Frank.

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modified: June 26, 2014
created: October 30, 2009
Contact: siegelr@stanford.edu