In Akahanga are the remains of what was an ancient village near a small bay (haƞa), located in the central section of the southeast coast of the island.
At the ends of the bay there are two Ahu, Ahu Akahaƞa 60 meters long with 12 Moai lying down and destroyed and Ahu Ura Uraƞa Te Mahina that could have supported 10 or 12 Moai
The cavity, which is of the krava type due to its width and shallow depth, was used as a temporary refuge, mainly by fishermen, to shelter from the rain or spend the night.
In Akahanga you can find the remains of an old village close to a small bay (haƞa), located in the middle- southeast coast of the island.
Right at the beginning of the site, you’ll find the stone foundations of several Hare Paeƞa or boat houses, which receive this name because of its shape that reminds us of a boat upside down, in which the ancient inhabitants of the island used to live in. Right in front of these houses there is small area paved with round stones from the coast (poro nui), that form a terrace.
Very close to these houses, you’ll find the Umu Pae, which are small stone ovens that were used to cook and prepare the Umu.
There’s also a small cave, called Ana Akahaƞa which entrance is reenforced with rocks. This cavity considered a “Krava” thanks to its characteristics (small and shallow) was used a temporary shelter, mainly for fisherman to sleep and hide from the rain.
In both sides of the bay, you can find two Ahu; Ahu Akahaƞa which is 60 meters long and has 12 Moai that are in the ground and in pieces and the Ahu Ura Uraƞa Te Mahina that could’ve had 10 or 12 Moai. Both platforms show signs of the over position of several platforms, which evidences the constant ceremonial activity during the settlement of the clans Ƞaure and Marama, for several centuries.
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.