Akahanga

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Akahanga - Our guide in the cave at Akahanga
Akahanga - Toppled moai, Akahanga
Akahanga - Our guide by the village foundations, Akahanga
Akahanga - Tourists at Akahanga
Akahanga - Coastline at Akahanga
Akahanga - At Akahanga

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Toonsarah Toonsarah
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The “king’s platform” Nov 12, 2016
Here the beautiful coastal scenery was as much a draw for me as the archaeology. The ahu here hasn’t been restored so you can see how things would have looked to the first Europeans who arrived on the island. At one time, it would have had about a dozen moai of different sizes, ranging between five to seven metres high. Unusually, here the moai have been toppled in two directions – some forwards, as is normal, but some backwards, possibly sent flying in a domino effect when their neighbours were pushed over.

This is sometimes referred to as the “king’s platform”, because it is said that the Ariki Hotu Matu’a, first king of the island, is buried here. The story goes that the king left his home in Anakena after a fight with his wife, Vaka A Heva, to live out his days here in Akahanga, where on his death his sons buried him. However, archaeological excavations have so far failed to find any evidence that a king lies buried here.

This is also the site of extensive village remains, with the foundations of boat-shaped houses, known as hare paenga (“Houseboats”) clearly visible. Nearby is a small cave which would also once have been used for shelter. Our guide told us how his own grandmother once lived in such a cave in the days when the island was really isolated and desolate, before tourism had revived its fortunes. Growing crops was a challenge, there were only one or two ships bringing supplies each year – life was very tough.
Tourists at Akahanga
Toppled moai, Akahanga
Our guide by the village foundatio…
Our guide in the cave at Akahanga
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