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  Ahu Tongariki - 15 Moai
by easyoar

Ahu Tongariki is an altar with 15 Moai (stone heads) all standaing adjacent to eachother. This is the most Moai standing anywhere on the island and it has a lovely backdrop to the sea behind.

In front of them is the quarry where the stone heads were all carved (see separate tip). One of the stone heads is wearing a red hat which was carved at a different quarry (see separate tip) elsewhere on the island. These Moai were all restored in the late 1990's with a lot of help from the Japanese. A deal was struck whereby the Japanese would get to borrow some Moai for a few years to display in a museum, and in return they would help raise the Moai in Ahu Tongariki which were washed off the Ahu by a freak tidal wave several years before. Nearby to the site, it is still possible to see a large metal srorage container with Japanese markings on the side which was brought over for the restoration.

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  • Written Oct 3, 2004
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