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Once one of the most important villages and ceremonial sites on the island, today Hanga Kio?e is often overlooked by visitors more anxious to make a bee line for the obvious attractions of Rano Raraku , Tongariki and Orongo. Located just north of the Anthropological Museum, Hanga Kio?e is only a short stroll outside Hanga Roa and so even if not venturing further along the western coast, Hanga Kio?e is still worth a look. At the site are the remains of various traditional houses ?hare paenga? and two restored Ahu dating from the 17th century. Ahu Akapu has an impressive re-erected moai but the second ahu has just a small stump of its moai remaining. According to local tradition, each new king or ?ariki? of the island had to live, for a time, near Ahu Akapu and attended a school nearby, where he would be taught the ancient art of reading and engraving in the ?rongo-rongo? script.
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