Tapati Rapa Nui Festival
Every February, the inhabitants and visitors of Easter Island partake in a two-week cultural event known as The Tapati Rapa Nui Festival.
The festival was created in order to commemorate and celebrate King Hotu Matu’a and his settlers who first inhabited the island
It's recorded that the first known foreign contact with the original settlers of Easter Island was in the 16th century.
In 1770, Felipe Gonzalez, a Spanish ship captain, and his crew sailed to Easter Island and claimed it as Spanish Territory.
Archelogosist and historians who discovered the Moai statues soon realized that not all of them were completed.
In fact, almost 600 statues remain in limbo. One of the largest figures, unfortunately, falls under the unfinished list.
Fresh Water Clue
In 2019, Easter Island researchers discovered a potential clue as to why the Moai are placed where they are.
Fresh water! The statues are often found close to bodies of fresh water. This indicated that a possible reason behind the statue placement was not ritualistic but rather to be close to resources and supplies.
Despite many myths and legends that are usually attached to enigmatic cultures of the past, there were rumors that the early inhabitant of the island were cannibals.
Researchers have uncovered no evidence to back such claims. Furthermore, any human remains that have been discovered on the island show no signs of fatal injuries.