"Ahu Akahanga" Easter Island Things to Do Tip by krissyM

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As in most of the Ahu around the island the statues at Ahu Akahanga are toppled. At one point of time, every single Moai on the island had fallen on the ground. European accounts from 1722 and 1770 still saw none but standing statues, but by Cook's visit in 1774 many were reported toppled. The huri mo'ai - the "statue-toppling" - continued until late 1830s as a part of the fierce tribal wars. Before modern reconstructions, no records of standing statues exist after 1838.

Scattered around the Ahu are fallen statues that never made it to the Ahu. It is as if the islanders just dropped what they were doing and left the statues on the ground

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  • Written Aug 14, 2007
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