Rapa Nui bible Tongariki

Bible translation to native rapa nui language published

The immensely big project of translating the whole New Testament into native rapa nui language has today finally been finished. The protagonists behind it all are the married American couple Robert and Nancy Weber, who have been dedicating the majority of their lives to this amazing contribution to the rapa nui culture.

Robert and Nancy Weber
Nancy and Robert Weber

41 years ago the Americal linguists arrived to the tiny Pacific island called Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island. Their goal from the beginning was to translate the New Testament into rapa nui language. Since no proper ortography existed for the language, this was their first challenge. They created the modern standard for how to write the language; which letters to use and how to spell the words.
Not long after having arrived in the 1970’s, they also created school books for learning the rapa nui language.

Robert and Nancy Weber dubbing a movie to rapa nui language.
The Webers helping out with dubbing the movie Lucas to rapa nui language.

After a few years, they created a team of some of the brightest people of the rapa nui community together, taught them about linguistics theory and started working with an admirable dedication, translating the New Testament during more than two decades. When the translation was finished, they spent years back-translating the scriptures from rapa nui back to English, then comparing their whole work with the original, to make sure the message was unaltered.

 

With today’s publication of the New Testament in rapa nui language, they have now completed what they came for and will in a couple of weeks go back to their home country.

On a personal note, I the author would like to thank Nancy and Robert Weber for their historic contribution to this culture and its language, and wish all luck, happiness and well-being to these amazing two people whom I am proud to call friends.

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Ahu Tongariki Easter Island moai statue

False news about Easter Island immigration law spread world-wide

Today’s news at Easter Island about the new immigration laws are undoubtedly huge. Surprisingly, the great majority of reputable news agencies all over the world are missing the whole point.

The misunderstanding

News websites and agencies worldwide are reporting on Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is applying new laws to limit tourism, since tourism supposedly have a bad impact on the local society and culture. The only law that is being reported is that tourists now only can stay for a maximum of 30 days. This is in fact entirely true.

There is one thing that is not being explained in these articles though; typically a tourist would stay at Easter Island for 4-5 days, and very few stay for more than a week. Virtually no one would stay for more than 30 days. This means that this new law would be quite useless as a means to limiting tourism.

Below are a few of the news agencies and websites that focus on a limit to tourism:

Euronews | Easter Island restricts tourists visits
Independent | Easter Island Is Limiting The Number Of Days Tourists Can Stay
Digital Journal | Chile to restrict tourists and non-locals on Easter Island
Travel + Leisure | Easter Island Is Limiting Tourism in an Attempt to Save Its Thousand-year-old Culture
Radio NZ News | Rapa Nui limiting visitor time to stop overcrowding
Vice News | Locals Say too Many Tourists Risk Ruining Easter Island’s Iconic Head Statues
Condé Nast Traveler | Easter Island Sets Tourist Limit

Rano Raraku moai statues
Easter Island is known for its many moai statues, built by the ancestors of the current inhabitants in ancient times.

 

The truth

The new laws are not limiting to tourism, but to immigration – especially immigration from continental Chile. They have been applied to prevent overpopulation, and to protect the fragile culture and lifestyle of the island. Around half of the 7750 residents of Easter Island are Chileans who have moved in from the continent. The strong influences from continental Chile makes it harder for the fragile rapa nui culture to survive, which is why these new laws have been applied. From now on, the possibility of moving to Easter Island is a privilege exclusive to those that have family there, or that are invited over under a work contract.

This, if anything, is bigger news than what most news sources have been reporting on, because it’s a case of a country actually restricting its own countrymen from moving to a certain part of their own country. The case of the rapa nui culture is an extreme case that calls for extreme measurements.

Read more about Easter Island entry and immigration laws.

Rapa nui dancers cruise ship tourism Easter Island
Rapa Nui has a unique culture, only carried on by a few thousand people.

False news about Easter Island spread easily

Interestingly enough, something similar happened a few years back, when news were spread around the globe about an apparent discovery exposing that the “Easter Island heads” also have bodies, which is something the outside world has known for 300 years.

It’s probably quite hard for news channels to check facts when the articles are about Easter Island because of the island’s small size and population. We can only hope that news agencies and websites check their sources more often than what the latest days have shown us.

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Chile's president Sebastian Piñera showing signed law of residence

New Easter Island law of residence officially in effect

Today a new law of residence of Easter Island is officially in effect, which will apply more control over who settles down in this South Pacific island. The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, flew from the continent to personally celebrate the ceremony of this new law.

President Sebastian Piñera and governor Tarita Alarcon Rapu during immigration law ceremony
President Sebastian Piñera and governor Tarita Alarcon Rapu with other local and continental politicians during immigration law ceremony.

What is the new law about?

This new Chilean Law 21.070 is made to protect the tiny island of Rapa Nui from overpopulation. Starting today, in regards to coming over to live, for a continental Chilean this island is basically like any other foreign country.

For anyone that’s not a registered resident, maximum allowed stay is 30 days.

To become a resident, you have to have a child, grandchild or parent that is a resident already, or get a work contract for a local Easter Island company.

Tourism will be virtually unaffected, since the great majority of tourists stay not more than a week, as opposed to the impression under which the majority of the world’s news sources are.

Read more about Easter Island entry and immigration law.

Rano Raraku quarry twin moai statues with young boy
Rapa Nui, famous for its great moai statues carved by the ancestors of the current inhabitants, draws visitors from all over the world.

How did this happen?

The last years have been eventful. It started in 2015 with a political minority group called the Rapa Nui Parliament suddenly closing off roads with ropes, starting the 2015 roadblock conflict. Most rapa nui didn’t agree with the roadblocks and were happy when the conflict ended six months later. Still, it threw a spark in people’s minds, and there was more talk in local politics about autonomy, and the will of being able to control the island locally was heard more. The event had many consequences, just as anticipated by rapa nui historian Cristian Moreno Pakarati back in 2015.

The majority of Easter Island has been closed off. Sign says "CLOSED - Ancestral property".
A roadblock back in 2015 when main roads were suddenly closed.

During the coming years, rapa nui politicians debated the matter of creating immigration laws to protect the island from overpopulation and dilution of the rapa nui culture. The Convention 169, written to protect indigenous rights internationally, was used to start a petition to the government of Chile about the subject.

Meanwhile, the archaeological sites that had for decades been in control of CONAF, the “National Forest Corporation”, had been requested to be controlled by a local entity instead. In 2017, these wishes were granted when the president Michelle Bachelet gave back the ancient lands to the rapa nui people.

After a couple of years of being discussed and developed, and going through the process of validation in the Chilean government, it was finally approved by the Chamber of Deputies in May this year, which was the final step of validation.

Rapa nui protesting against Ma'u Henua
During the ceremony, locals were protesting against the current director of Ma’u Henua, urging the president to help out.

Why did this happen?

Rapa Nui is a very small island with its own unique culture and language, with only around 3000-4000 people being part of its native ethnicity. Since the island was annexed to Chile in 1888, outside influences have been strong – particularly the last five decades. At the same time, the islanders are doing their best to keep their traditions alive.

Easter Island has a unique culture with its own traditions, dances and language, carried on only by a few thousand people.
Easter Island has a unique culture with its own traditions, dances and language, carried on only by a few thousand people.

This island is an attractive place for Chileans to move to for its climate, legendary history, safety and economy, which is why now around half of the population consist of Chileans that have moved in from the continent. The amount of Chileans coming over will now be less. This will prevent diluting the culture more, and will help having a more sustainable society and prevent overpopulation.

What do you think of the recent events? Is it good and necessary, or unfair for Chileans not to be able to move to this part of their country’s territory? Please comment below!

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Michelle Bachelet Easter Island Ahu Tongariki

Ancestral lands returned to the rapa nui people after 129 years of Chilean control

History was made today when the ancestral lands of Easter Island were returned to the native people of this remote South Pacific island.

Up until the end of the 19th century, the inhabitants of Rapa Nui (also known as Easter Island) used to live all over the island, where the mighty moai statues are that this island is famous for. In 1888, the island was annexed to Chile, that rented out the island to a sheep shearing business. As a consequence, the rapa nui people were forced away from their homes and moved into what became the island’s only town – Hanga Roa.

Dancers performed in honor of the occasion.
Dancers performed in honor of the occasion.

Tourism started on a bigger scale in 1986, when NASA extended and improved the airport, thus allowing big passenger planes to visit. To minimize impact on the archaeology, the Chilean national forest corporation CONAF has been controlling the archaeological sites for the last decades. Today, the chilean president Michelle Bachelet has officially given back the control of these archaeolgical sites back to the locals, by passing it on to a local entity called Ma’u Henua.

 

So what’s next?

Camilo Rapu, director Ma'u Henua anakena interview
Camilo Rapu, director of Ma’u Henua.

“The first change that will happen from today and onwards is that all decisions that will be taken here on the island, will be taken by the rapa nui people”, Camilo Rapu, director of Ma’u Henua says. He expresses great hope and enthusiasm about reforesting the island with endemic plants, as the island was a thousand years ago. At the same time, he is careful about taking decisions about guide certification and restoration of ancient monuments, as he wants not only Ma’u Henua, but the whole rapa nui population to partake in these decisions.

A lot has happened the latest two years after the 2015 roadblock conflict by the Rapa Nui Parliament. Ma’u Henua was born, and started to co-administer the national park together with CONAF. Immigration laws have been approved by the Chilean senate and are soon to be applied. Now, control of the archaeological sites have been given to this local entity Ma’u Henua. Has this all been caused by this roadblock conflict in 2015? Is all of this for the better? Please share your opinions below!

Native dancers performed a "haka" (war dance) for the president.
Native dancers performed a “hoko” (war dance) for the president.

 

Rapa Nui native gives food umu tahu ceremony
Food was cooked in a ceremonial ritual called umu tahu.

 

The chilean president Michelle Bachelet was first to eat from the ceremonial food "umu tahu".
The chilean president Michelle Bachelet was first to eat from the ceremonial food umu tahu.

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UFO flying saucer Easter Island Ahu Tongariki aliens extraterrestrials

Shocking scientific revelation – extraterrestrials built Easter Island moai statues

Groundbreaking new NASA evidence

New scientific evidence today leaves the world in shock, revealing what we all were thinking but no one dared to say out loud – the mysterious moai statues of Easter Island were in fact built by extraterrestrials.

NASA scientists have worked in secret for years on decrypting the mysterious so called rongo-rongo tablets that this ancient civilization left behind. These wooden tablets were inscribed with symbols whose meaning was lost in the 1862 – 1863 slave raids. Lost – until now.

By analysing linguistic patterns and occurrence frequency of certain syllables, words and sounds, it was possible to break down the meaning of the symbols, starting with the most common articles of the Rapa Nui language, being “ko”, “mo” and “he”. Since the first rongo-rongo tablet was brought to the NASA laboratory by norwegian adventurer and author Thor Heyerdahl in 1986, the long and tedious process of deciphering the ancient symbols has finally been fruitful.

 

Rongo-rongo ancient alien Easter Island language
The meaning of the rongo-rongo tablets have for long been a mystery.

 

The undeciphered tablets held hidden truths that will change the way we see the world. They talk about how a civilization not of this world helped in making the moai statues in their honor. Evidently, these wooden tablets were left as a testament to the world of their work.

The text of the tablet known as “Text G” or “Small Santiago Tablet“, recovered by missionary Hippolyte Roussel in 1870, currently kept in Chilean National Museum of Natural History, has a particularly interesting message:

Mai ruŋa te raŋi mātou i tu’u mai ai, mo haka aŋa i te nu’u o Te Pito O Te Henua mo haka tu’u i te ‘ariŋa ora o mātou, mo haka pure i te nu’u o te ao ki a mātou.

English translation:

We came from above the sky, to make the people of The Navel of the World (ancient name for Rapa Nui) build our living faces, to make the people of the world worship us.

“We were surprised to find that the rongo-rongo symbols actually were phonetical”, NASA phonologist Eloy Hilaria says. “As we now know that the language of the extraterrestrials is the same as that of the ancient Rapa Nui civilization, we can continue searching outer space for intelligent life as we peer our deep space interstellar dishes to focus on these phonetical sounds only” he continues.

 

Donald Trump Easter Island announcement UFO alien
U.S. president Donald Trump held a press conference earlier today about the latest discoveries.

Alien intervention at Easter Island

One of the biggest mysteries of Easter Island, and of the world, is how the moai statues were moved. Even since the first European visit almost 300 years ago, this has left us in awe. Below is an extract from Jacob Roggeveen’s ship log from 1722. Please note that Roggeveen made an erronous observation in saying that the statues were made out of clay. They are in fact made out of solid stone from volcano Rano Raraku, often several kilometers away from where the statues stood erected.

At first, these stone figures caused us to be filled with wonder, for we could not understand how it was possible that people who are destitute of heavy or thick timber, and also of stout cordage, out of which to construct gear, had been able to erect them; nevertheless some of these statues were a good 30 feet in height and broad in proportion. This perplexity ceased, however, with the discovery, on removing a piece of the stone, that they were formed out of clay or some kind of rich earth…

This riddle is now solved, as we know that the ancient islanders had help from a civilization with superior technology.

 

Aliens move Easter Island moai statues
Artist’s interpretation of how the moai statues could have been transported.

Alien petroglyph Easter Island
In the hidden cave Ana O Keke, where young virgin girls were secluded in darkness for months, a petroglyph can be found that indeed does not look human at all.

Easter Island frequently visited by UFOs

One of the best spots for UFO spotting is Easter Island. Locals frequently see UFOs, both in day time, as well as during night, in the form of objects or lights that move in ways that are impossible for anything built by man. Thanks to total lack of pollution due to the remote location of the island, night skies are often crystal clear, which helps considerably in being able to see anything out of the ordinary.

We never knew why Easter Island was so frequently visited by extraterrestrials, until now.

 

UFO alien flying saucer Easter Island
This is believed to be one of the best photos of a UFO available to the public.

Conclusion

What does this new knowledge mean to mankind? Should we try to make contact with these ancient guests of ours? Should we start building moai statues to honor those superior to us? Please leave your comments below!

Please note that this is an April Fool’s article, and it is fake.

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Ahu Nau-Nau at Anakena beach, sunset at Easter Island

Anakena of Easter Island voted one of world’s best beaches

Easter Island coast is virtually nothing but rocky cliffs, but nature gave us one sandy exception – Anakena. This beautiful gem has just been voted one of the best beaches this planet has to offer by millions of users of the world’s biggest travel review website – TripAdvisor.

Rapa Nui woman at beach Anakena
Anakena is a wonderful place to spend a hot day.

Among 25 of the most highly ranked beaches, Anakena ended up at number 16. This beach has a true natural beauty, palm trees decorating the landscape and giving shade during hot days, and cosy, typical restaurants with excellent food and drinks. Though, what surely also helped to reach this list are the ancient moai statues standing in the sand, constantly reminding us of the impressive human achievements that took place in this historical location.

Moai Anakena Easter Island statue Ahu Ature Huke sunrise beach
You breathe history while working on your tan at beach Anakena.

The list is the so called Traveler’s Choice Awards 2017, and was generated by millions of travelers voting for all of the world’s beaches during the whole year of 2016.

Below is the full list of the 25 most highly ranked beaches.

 

Ranking Beach Location
1 Baia do Sancho Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
2 Grace Bay Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
3 Aruba Brazil
4 Playa Paraiso Cayo Largo, Cuba
5 Siesta Beach Siesta Key, Florida
6 La concha Beach San Sebastian – Donostia, Spain
7 Playa Norte Isla Mujeres
8 Radhanagar Beach Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
9 Elafonissi Beach Elafonissi, Greece
10 Tortuga Bay Galapagos, Ecuador
11 Anse Lazio Praslin Island, Seychelles
12 Seven Mile Beach Grand Cayman
13 Flamenco Beach Culebra, Puerto Rico
14 Bavaro Beach Puna Cana, Dominican Republic
15 Seven Mile Beach Negril, Jamaica
16 Anakena Easter Island, Chile
17 Whitehaven Beach Whitsunday Island, Whitsunday Islands
18 La Cote des Basques Biarritz, France
19 Fig Tree Bay Protaras, Cyprus
20 West Bay Beach West Bay, Honduras
21 Camp’s Bay Beach Camp’s Bay, South Africa
22 Praia de Santa Maria Santa Maria, Cape Verde
23 Playa Manuel Antonio Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
24 White Beach Boracay, Aklan Province
25 Ngapali Beach Ngapali, Myanmar

 

Bird petroglyphs at Anakena beach Easter Island
The ancient bird petroglyphs at Anakena are sometimes covered in sand dunes.

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Electrical system collapsed at Easter Island

Diesel generator
Electricity on Easter Island is provided by diesel generators.
The electrical system that supplies inhabitants of the town of Hanga Roa with electricity has today collapsed. Luz Zasso Paoa, director of the local electricity provider SASIPA, explains the situation:

This is due to overuse. The capacity of our generators have been reached. We ask the community for comprehension until spare parts are arriving hopefully by next Thursday.

Luz Zasso asks the community to use electricity sparingly for the coming week and a half, until these problems have been fixed.

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Easter Island super bees free from world-wide epidemic diseases

Recent studies found that Easter Island bees are free from mites, viruses and bacteria that are present in the rest of the planet. Isolation kept them untouched for over 150 years. As a result they could be considered as a unique species. Bees were brought in Easter Island by priests around 1850 and since then they have been pollinating mangoes, pineapples, bananas, guavas and meadow flowers.

Easter Island world map with Easter Island highlighted
Being located 3600 km from the Latin American continent, Easter Island is one of the most remote places on Earth.

Bee population declining globally

A study conducted by Centro de Emprendimiento Apícola of Universidad Mayor (CeapiMayor) and Corporación Apícola Chile (Cach), with the support of Fundación para la Innovación Agraria (FIA) found that these bees are the only ones in the world free from bacteria, viruses, mites and fungi. According to experts, it is excellent news for the island and the world. In our planet there are about 20,000 species of bees which are the main pollinators, but its population is declining because of pesticides and disease. It is estimated that 75% of major food crops worldwide depend on natural pollination . ‘The absence of pathogens, allow us to conclude that the sanitary condition of hives in Rapa Nui does not exist anywhere else in the world’ says Patricia Aldea, veterinarian and CeapiMayor director who led the research commissioned by Easter Island’s beekeepers and FIA.

Abundant honey production

They are not only healthy but also produce much more than any bee in country. ‘As the island has no cold season, the hive is active all year round, like flowering plants of Rapa Nui. The queen lays eggs almost eleven months a year, while in the central region of Chile it only does it between late July and early April’ says Aldea. This explains why a hive in the central area produces 20 kilos of honey a year and one in Rapa Nui produces between 90 and 120 kilos.

Bee hive in cave Ana Tepahu, Easter Island.
Natural bee hives can commonly be found on cliffs and by cave entrances at Easter Island.

The health condition of bees in the island would allow beekeepers to create a Biological Reservation and even export queens and healthy genetic material. It is probable that these bees are a new species. At first sight they seem to be the common honeybee (Apis mellifera) but with not further genetic research performed this can not be assured. Patricio Madariaga, president of the Cach also emphasizes the protection of bees in island. ‘90% of the pollination is done in the island by bees, we do not see other pollinators, so it is essential to keep them safe. The bees make their hives in cliffs and we also see them in caves. That should be protected and studied and in order to do that help from the authorities is required’ he says. Honey produced in the island has a flavor and aroma of guava, banana, which is an interesting plus for the market.

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Angelina Jolie at Easter Island, Anakena, cancer awareness

Angelina Jolie at Easter Island in 2017 to promote cancer awareness

Easter Island mayor Pedro Edmunds has announced that Hollywood movie star Angelina Jolie will be coming to Easter Island in 2017 to promote cancer awareness. Exact dates of her visit are not yet confirmed.

Angelia Jolie has a so called BRCA gene mutation which gave her estimated 87% risk of breast cancer and 50% risk of ovarian cancer. In 2013 and 2015 she had breasts and ovaries removed and bravely announced this publicly. Thanks to this, women worldwide who also have this cancer prone gene have become aware of their condition, saving countless lives.

Coincidently, the medical drug rapamycin (commonly used in organ transplantation), derived from bacteria found at Easter Island, has been shown to effectively help fight cancer.

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National park ticket check at Ahu Tongariki

Radical change to Rapa Nui National Park ticket routine

Since this Monday Feb 8, the ticket check routine for entering archaeological areas in the Rapa Nui national park have radically changed. Tourists may now be asked to display the national park ticket at all of the archaeological highlights of Easter Island, as opposed to only in Orongo and Rano Raraku. The new sites are:

  • Vaihu
  • Akahanga
  • Ahu Tongariki
  • Te Pito Kura
  • Puna Pau
  • Ahu Akivi
  • Ana Te Pahu

Tickets will not be stamped at these sites and tourists may enter these additional sites as may times as they want, as long as they can display the ticket.

Red dots mark new places where tickets may be checked. Blue dots mark the sites where tickets always have been checked.
Red dots mark new places where tickets may be checked. Blue dots mark the sites where tickets always have been checked.

 

CONAF park ranger shack Te Pito Kura.
Shacks have been put up all over the island to shelter CONAF park rangers from the sun.

This is a new project of CONAF in which they have received funds to employ helpers to do ticket checks at the additional sites. Current funds will last for three months, and after this period it will be decided if it should continue or being aborted.

What do you think of this? Is this an improvement, or is it a step backwards? Share your thoughts below!

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