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  A widow's memorial
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... was also the largest actually erected on an ahu. Still lying face down by its ahu, Ahu Te Pito Kura, it is a massive 10 metres long, with a huge topknot lying nearby. The stories say this moai is a wife's memorial to her dead husband. No definite proof exists for ithe claim to it being the last to fall, but it is clearly of the same era as the last moais carved at Rano Raraku, so scholars are generally of the opinion that the claims made for it are feasible ... but, as with everything to do with the ahu and their moai, nothing can be said with certainty.

The ahu overlooks an extensive collection of ruins - this was the village of Hanga Hoonu - place of the sea turtles - known now as La Perouse Bay, for the French explorer, Conde de la Perouse who landed here in 1776. This is one of the very few safe landing places on the island's rugged coastline, and has long been a fishing harbour. Evidence can still be seen of the watch towers used by the ancients for turtle spotting.

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  • Updated Jan 17, 2007
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