One of the many legends surrounding the enigma that is Easter Island is that of King Hotu Matu’a. After receiving a warning in his dreams that his nation named Hiva would plummet into the ocean, the king ordered seven explorers, with a Moai statue as their cargo, to find a new home.
As the legend goes, the seven explorers eventually stumbled upon Easter Island, where they erected the Moai statue. Hotu Matu’a and his kingdom soon followed.
The director of the Easter Island Statue Project, Van Tilburg, believed in the importance of debunking misconceptions that surrounded the Moai. Tilburg made a strong point by exclaiming that “the reason people think they are [only] heads is there are about 150 statues buried up to the shoulders on the slope of a volcano, and these are the most famous, most beautiful and most photographed of all the Easter Island statues. This suggested to people who had not seen photos of [other unearthed statues] that they are heads only.”
Indeed, if people only took the time to do a bit of study and research on the latest discoveries of the Moai, they would know exactly what Tilburg was talking about. They would also change their perceptions about the Moai; that they are more than just strange heads popping out from the ground and making for good photographs, but living relics left by people who roamed the vast Pacific Ocean long before the time of European explorers. Most importantly, these bizarre stone figures may hold the key to finally unlocking the mysterious past of these once-great island people.
Be warned that if you're interested in checking out the Moai Heads yourself, it may not be a quick journey. In fact, Easter Island is regarded as one of the planet's most secluded and isolated inhabited islands.
The only other sign of life near Easter Island is Pitcairn Island which is a whopping 2,075 km away!
Forgone Flora and Fauna
To say that Easter Island is teeming with wildlife would be a massive overstatement. This is due to the disastrous deforestation and volcanic activity that took place on the island.
Some of the few animals you may spot on the Island include Moko Uru-Uru Kau a.k.a White Geko and the Chimango Caracara bird.
Take Your Tablets
There are numerous engraved tablets found on the Island, all covered with Rongo-Rongo scripture.
Historians presume that the Rongo-Rongo scripture found on the tablets is linked to the many "Maori Wisdoms" about sailing and astronomy.