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The largest moai ever actually erected on an ahu is located at Ahu Te Pito Kura. The solitary moai at this ahu site lies face down where it fell centuries ago with its dislodged pukao top knot lying nearby. The ten metre high moai is dwarfed by El Gigante at Rano Raraku but as previously stated, El Gigante was never fully cut from the rock at the quarry and was never erected. The moai at Te Pito Kura is known as Paro and weighs around 80 tons, just ?slightly? less than the 86 ton moai at Tongariki which is the heaviest moai ever erected. The pukao of Paro alone weighs around 12 tons and like most other puako was carved from the quarry at Puna Pau before being moved to the other side of the island to be hoisted (somehow) onto the head of Paro. Tradition states that the moai was requested by a widow in memory of her husband. The moai at Ahu Te Pito Kura was one of the last moai to be pulled down, sometime after 1838.

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  • Written Nov 2, 2011
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