Unique Ahu we were Moai looking towards the ocean in the direction of somewhere in the Polynesian triangle
Of the few ahu raised in the interior of the island (about thirty), Ahu Akivi is the most important and elaborate platform of all of them.
There are seven Moai that make up Ahu Akivi. According to various studies, this Ahu was built between 1442 and 1600 and restored between 1960 and 1961, by archaeologists W. Mulloy and G. Figueroa.
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It is 90 meters long and has a central platform of 38 meters. The seven statues were transported from the quarry of the Rano Raraku volcano, located 15 km away
They represent the first 7 expeditionary navigators who arrived on Rapa Nui, sent by King Hotu Matúa on the mission of finding that territory, in the direction of the sun, that his royal adviser Haumaka visualized in a revealing dream.
Ahu Akivi is constituted by seven Moai. According to different studies this Ahu was built between the years 1442 y 1600 and it was later restored in 1960-1961 by the archologists W. Mulloy y G. Figueroa. The middle platform measures 38 meters and in total it has a length of 90 meters. The seven statues were brought from the quarry of Rano Raraku which is located 15 kms away from this site.
This is the only Ahu where its Moai are facing the ocean towards some island in the Polynesian triangle. Part of the oral tradition says that these Moai represent the first voyagers that arrived in the island, sent by the king Hotu Matu’a in a mission to find a territory, in direction to the sun, that his royal advisor saw in a revealing dream.
This is an archeological site with unique characteristics given by its singular location and astronomical orientation. With these alignments they would have a better knowledge of the seasons and the times when it was best for agricultural tasks. It is located in the south-west flank of the volcano Maunga Terevaka, the highest point of the island, and 2.6 kms away from the middle-west coast. This location is already significant given that the majority of the platforms in the island were located in the coasts. From the small amount of Ahu located in the interior of the island, Ahu Akivi is the most important one.
Rapa Nui emerged between 3.000.000 and 200.000 years ago from the bottom of the ocean when submarine volcanic cones, product of the movement of the tectonic plates, formed mountains as high as 3.000 meters. Part of these volcanic cones is what we now know as Rapa Nui, with a triangle shape and an area of 166km. From the ancient volcanos of the island, Rano Raraku and Rana Kau are two of the most visited craters. Poike, which is the oldest volcano is located on the East corner while Terevaka, the highest peak with 507 meters over sea level, is located in the middle of the island.