In other times, certain commemorative rituals were performed inside to honor members of the different families, already dead.
This great Ahu, whose rear retaining wall is semicircular in shape, measures 86 meters long and 12 meters wide, supported eight statues that now lie face down on the ground.
Around the ahu, are the Pukao that crowned the statues. Some washed ashore and were recovered a few decades ago.
Here you can find an old settlement with a particularly big platform. This huge Ahu, which its posterior contention wall has a semicircular shape, measures 86 meters long and 12 meters wide, it used to have 8 Moai statues that are now in the floor facing the ground.
This site that has not been restored, it’s a very good example of the “Huri Moai” period around the XVIII century, in which it’s believed that most of the Moai statues were knocked down as a result of the tribal wars.
Around the Ahu you can find the Pukao that used to crown those statues. Some of them, rolled to the coast and were recovered a few decades ago.
In front of the platform, over the ground, you can see a big circle of stones, of around 10 meters diameter called Paina. In ancient times, these circles were used to celebrate rituals to honor the members of the family that passed away. Let’s not forget that the ancestors were very important for the Rapa Nui culture and they were represented as Moai, which according to the legends, would transmit and trespass the energy (Mana) of its dead ones to protect the island. The ritual that was celebrated in the Paina consisted in different prayers and dances and they were performed once the statues were already set in the Ahu.
On the right side on the way that leads to the Ahu, you can find a lonely Moai that was buried for long time and which was rescued and lift in 2002.
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.