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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Sunrise at Ahu Tongariki Easter Island with Tapati 2017 logo

Tapati Rapa Nui Festival 2017

Ariki candidate Tapati Rapa Nui 2017
Tiare Faundez Pakarati Ariki candidate Tapati Rapa Nui 2017
Ariki candidate Tapati Rapa Nui 2017
Tahira Nahoe Nhaura Ariki candidate Tapati Rapa Nui 2017

The dates of the next edition of the Tapati Rapa Nui are officially confirmed. The 49th version of the festival will be held from January 27th to February 12th, 2017. The main reason for the celebration is the election of the queen of Tapati. Two candidates for the title supported by their families, friends and visitors are presented. Each group forms an alliance that will face the other through a series of competitions, evoking the ancient rivalries between clans who ruled the island.

The group which gets more points for its representative will have the symbolic right to rule on the island for the rest of the year. Participation in the festival by the island inhabitants is massive. Everyone gets involved with pride and enthusiasm and many spend their time and energy preparing and rehearsing throughout the year. That support for this party spreads to the visitor who is invited to participate by supporting one group, living a unique and unforgettable experience. If you do not want to miss this great party and want to get good prices for your ticket, we recommend that you book a flight to Easter Island well in advance, as demand for these dates is very high and prices soar.

Aito candidate Tapati RApa Nui 2017
Petero Avaka Teao Aito candidate Tapati RApa Nui 2017
Aito candidate Tapati Rapa Nui 2017
Christopher Araki Rapu Aito candidate Tapati Rapa Nui 2017

 

 

 

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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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Tapati Rapa Nui festival parade man rowing

Tapati Rapa Nui festival program 2016

At last, the Tapati festival of 2016 is here. Have a look at the program below to plan your Easter Island trip!

Friday, 29th January

Hanga Vare Vare – 18:00 h

Hare Mauku’s Official Inauguration
Te Ha’amatara’a te Hare Mauku

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

Tapati o te Rapa Nui 2016 Official Opening
He Tahu i te anga

Aito Tapati 2016’s Candidates’ Presentations and speeches
He tatara te ararua ko te ‘Aito o te Tapati

‘Aito Tapati 2015’s Speech
He tatara te ‘Aito Tapati Rapa Nui 2015

Authorities’ speech
He tatara te tangata honui o te kainga

Artistic performance of Topatangi
He haka tike’a i te ‘ori’e i te himene

Saturday, 30th January

Rano Raraku – 12:00 h.

Rapa Nui’s Triathlon: Adults, ‘Aito, Youth and Male Masters
He Tau’a Rapa Nui Ngangata

Rapa Nui’s Triathlon: Women and Candidates
He Tau’a Rapa Nui Ngavi’e

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

Traditional Song Contest “Ute”
He Ute

Kai-Kai Candidates
He Kai-Kai o te ‘Uka

Kai-Kai ‘Aito
He Kai-Kai o te ‘Aito

Artistic performance
He hakatike’a i te ‘ori’e i te himene

Sunday, 31st January

Hanga Vare Vare – 10:00 h

Tapati Rapa Nui´s official Catholic Mass
He pure o te Tapati Rapa Nui

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

Performance of NGO Toki´s Music School
He hakatike’a i te himene o te Hare Hapi Toki

Candidates of the Body Painting Contest
He Tatu o te’Uka

Monday, 1st February

Hanga Vare Vare – 10:00 h

Agricultural Exhibition
He haito i te kaiha’apu

Hanga Roa o Tai – 15:00 h

Body boarding with a reed board
Haka Ngaru

Body boarding
Haka Honu

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

Tatu’s competitors
He ‘a’ati Tatu o te nu’a’a’ati

First round of the Adult’s group for the Competing Arts Contest
He ‘a’ati’ori o te nu’upa’ari

Tuesday, 2nd February

Vaihu – 10:00 hrs.

Horse Racing (short and long races)
He ‘a’ati hoi

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

First round of the Children’s group for the Competing Arts Contest
He ‘a’ati’ori o te ngapoki

Riu Song Contest
He ‘a’ati Riu

Traditional Tango Competitors; Candidates and ‘Aito
He ‘a’ati ori tango

Wednesday, 3rd February

Hanga Roa o Tai – 09:00 h

Traditional Underwater Hunting Contest
He ‘a’ati Hi Kau

Traditional Spear Fishing Contest
He ‘a’ati Ruku Mata e Oru

Moray Eel hunting contest for children
He’a’ati here koreha mo te ngapoki

Cultural Centre Tongariki – 15:00 h

Tahiti’s Cultural Exhibition
He hakatike’a i te anga o te henua ko Tahiti

Rapa Nui City Hall – 16:00 h

Collection of points

Thursday, 4th February

Hanga Vare Vare – 10:00 h

Competitors of the Traditional Shell Necklace Making Contest
He ‘a’ati tui korone o te nu’u’a’ati

Candidates making Traditional Shell Necklace
He ‘a’ati hei tiare o te nu’u ‘a’ati

Traditional Flowers Crown Making Contest
He ‘a’ati Ha’umarokeo te nu’u’a’ati

Rongo Rongo Carving Contest
‘A’ati Tarai Rongo-Rongo

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

Kai-Kai’s competitors
He’a’ati kai kai o te nu’u’a’ati

Candidates and ‘Aito Singing Contest
‘A’ati himene o te Uka ararua ko te ‘Aito

First round of the Youth’s group for the Competing Arts Contest
He’a’ati’ori o te ngapoki Tanga

Friday, 5th February

Hanga Vare Vare – Ahu Riata – 10:00 h

Green Banana Cluster Race
He akavenga

Ahu Riata – 13:00 h

Selective underwater hunting (free competition, no points assigned – starts at 9:00h)
He’a’ati ruku

Costume Making: Mahute kakaka and feathers
‘A’ati rei-rei kahu

Reimiro Carving
He ‘a’ati tarai Reimiro

Competitors of Mangai Carving
He ‘a’ati tarai mangai o te nu’u ‘a’ati

‘Aito Mangai Carving
He ‘a’ati tarai mangai o te ‘Aito

Ahu Riata – Hanga Piko – 21:45 h

Singing Contest
He Korohakaopo

Saturday, 6th February

Anakena – starting at 10:00 h

Cultural Encounter between Tahiti and Rapa Nui
He koronui o te hui Tupuna

Palm tree area – 13:00 h

Comunal Curanto (traditional dish)
He umumo te mahingo

Sunday, 7th February

Maunga Pu’i – 15:00 h.

Sliding downhill on banana tree trunks
He Haka Pei

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

2nd round of the Children’s group for the Competing Arts Contest
He ruamahana o te’a’ati’ori ngapoki

Harmonica Contest
He ‘a’ati haka tangi upa-upa ngutu 

Candidates and ‘Aito: Traditional costume Pipi-mahute-kakaka-huruhuru
He hakatike’a i te kahutupuna

Monday, 8th February

Hanga Piko – 09:00 h

Moai Carving
He Tarai i te Moai

Paoa Carving
He tarai i te Paoa

Competitors of the Flowes Necklace Making Contest
He’a’ati tui Karone tiare

Tingi Tingi Mahute Cotest: Competitors; Candidates and ‘Aito
He ‘a’ati hoe vaka

Hanga Piko – 14:00 h

Women, Men and Youth Regatta
He ‘a’ati hoe vaka

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

Theatrical Play Contest
He ‘a’ati’ A’amutuai

2nd round of the Adult’s group for the Competing Arts Contest
He ruamahana ‘o te’a’ati’ori pa’ari

Tuesday, 9th February

Hanga Vare Vare from 08:00 to 14:00 h.

Culinary Competition
He’a’atitunukai

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

Artistic performance of the group of Haka “Natupa”
He hakatike’a i te ‘ori’e i te himene

Accordion
He ‘a’atihakatangi upa upa rima

Unreleased Song
He a’a’ti himene api

2nd round of the Youth’s group for Competing Arts Contest
He ruamahana o te ‘a’ati’ori ngapoki Tanga

Wednesday, 10th February

Hanga Roa o Tai – 10:00 h

Swimming Competition: Adultos; Female and male youth; Candidates y ‘Aito
He’a’atikau

Open Duathlon
He ‘a’ati Duatlón

Hanga Vare Vare – 15:00 h

Javelin Throw: Competidores; Uka y ‘Aito
He tau ki te huri

Rapa Nui City Hall – 18:00 h

Collection of points

Thursday, 11th February

Hotu Matu’a – Atamu Tekena – Te Pito o Te Henua – Policarpo Toro – 17:00 h

Collection of points of celebrities
He tataku i te tangata o te narinari

Beginning of float parade
He ‘ea te pere’oa nari-nari

Matamu’a celebrities
Nari-Nari

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

Artistic performance of “Amahiro”
He hakatike’a i te ‘ori e i te himene

Friday, 12th February

Rapa Nui City Hall – 10:00 h

Collection of points
He tataku

Saturday, 13th February

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

Ceremonial earth oven
He Tahu i te anga

2015 ‘Aito’s speech
He tatara te ‘Aito o te tapati 2015

Tapati 2016 ‘Aito and Candidate´s speeches
He tatara te Uka ararua ko te ‘Aito

Queen and ‘Aito Tapati 2016 Coronation
He hakahei i te Ariki e i te’Aito o te Tapati

Authorities’ speech
He tatara te tangatahonui o te kainga

Sunday, 14th February

Tahai – 19:00 h

Traditional Coronation
He hakahei Tupunao te Ariki

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Easter Island locals marching against Rapa Nui Parliament.

Roadblock conflict and Easter Island politics explained

By Marcus Edensky

Rapa Nui flag Easter Island
The Rapa Nui flag is often used by Rapa Nui Parliament members, but is not exclusive to them.

There is a great misconception regarding the 2015 roadblock conflict and the political situation of Easter Island.  Most people believe Rapa Nui people in general want independence from Chile, and that everyone are behind the 2015 roadblock conflict. The truth is a lot more complex than that.

Most Rapa Nui people and residents of this island don’t want independence from Chile. What is more sought for is to have more autonomy, being able to have local rules and laws. One of the first things to achieve would then surely be control of Chilean immigration. Most residents, including Chileans themselves, agree that this would be a necessary measure on this tiny island with such a fragile cultural and archaeological heritage as this one. As this island is part of Chile, Chileans can today move here without any restriction. Though without a Rapa Nui spouse they would have to rent a house, since only Rapa Nui people can own land here.

There is a political minority group called Rapa Nui Parliament with a couple of hundred active members. Their ultimate goal is to achieve independence from Chile. It’s the members of this movement that took control over big parts of Easter Island on the 26th of March with roadblocks. This initially happened as a reaction to the Chilean government postponing the processing of immigration control proposals, and continued as an action of general discontent against Chilean sovergnity and historical injustices to Rapa Nui in the past.

Many members of the community did not agree with the way things were done. It became a conflict not only between Rapa Nui Parliament and Chile, but also between Rapa Nui Parliament with supporters and the rest of the island community.

March against Rapa Nui Parliament with rainbow
Easter Island locals marching against Rapa Nui Parliament.
Police at Rano Kau, Orongo, Easter Island
Police is now patrolling Easter Island regularly.
Conaf announcement paper national park free of entry
Even though CONAF currently is back, no 60 USD entry fee is charged.

On the 15th of August, the conflict escalated when the Rapa Nui Parliament started to try and charge all tourists the 60 USD entry fee that was earlier charged by CONAF park administration. On the 29th of August, police cleared out members of the Rapa Nui Parliament from the archaeological sites and road blocks and imprisoned those who tried to charge an entry fee. Currently, no one is charging an entry fee at all and CONAF park rangers are back at their posts.

Official word is that CONAF only will be back temporarily, until local politicians and community members have a better idea of what to do with the archaeological sites, and who should be in charge of them. Up until now it has been CONAF (Corporación Nacional Forestal) which is a Chilean organization that manages forests, reforestation and fight fires in national parks. They don’t have a single full-time archaeologist employed at their local office here, at an island where literally everything is about archaeology. Most agree that they are not the ones best fit to be in charge of the archaeology, but instead having their responsibility limited to forests.

On the 25th of October there will be a consultation to let the community present proposals and discuss which direction to go in the future. Even though one ideologically may not agree with the Rapa Nui Parliament, this surely wouldn’t have happened without them.

 

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Map Chile earthquake Illapel Coquimbo

Easter Island hit by tsunami of Chilean earthquake

A powerful earthquake hit the northern areas of Chile yesterday at 19:55 local time. The epicenter was close to the town Coquimbo of this earthquake, which reached a magnitude of 8.4, being on the edge of making it into the list of strongest earthquakes ever recorded. Because of the risk of tsunami, more than 600 000 people along the northern Chilean coastline were evacuated to an elevation of 30 meters above sea level. The highest wave registered was 5 meters, in the town of Coquimbo.

House destroyed by earthquake in Chile.
The earthquake caused lots of destruction in Chile.

The wave was thrown out towards the Pacific Ocean. It reached Easter Island at 23:18 local time (01:18 Chilean time), which means that it took 5 hours and 23 minutes to cover the distance of 3600 km from Chile to Easter Island, which is as quick as a jet plane flies. People at Easter Island were last night evacuated from the coasts and were recommended to go to higher ground, such as that of the airport parking.

Hanga Nui bay map with arrow to Chile
Hanga Nui is particularly exposed in case of a tsunami from Chile because of it’s location and since it doesn’t have high cliffs like the rest of the south coast.

No one was hurt at Easter Island. The only area that was affected was on the east coast in the area Hanga Nui by Ahu Tongariki, where parts of a rock wall located 50 meters from the ocean was destroyed. Easter Island is not particularly sensitive to tsunamis from Chile thanks to high cliffs surrounding the island, and the town being located on the opposite side of where the tsunamis would hit.

Rock wall destroyed by tsunami at Easter Island.
Parts of a rock wall was destroyed by the recent tsunami.

In 1960, the strongest earthquake ever recorded hit Chile. This tsunami caused no casualties, though it did cause damage to the monument Ahu Tongariki in Hanga Nui bay, on the east side of the island. The ocean reached the central soccer field in town, some 50 meters from the ocean.

Ahu Tongariki destroyed tsunami 1960
The Valdivia Earthquake in 1960 caused serious damage to Ahu Tongariki in Hanga Nui bay. Photo: Lorenzo Dominguez

In continental Chile, this earthquake caused 10 casualties. Chile is in general quite well-prepared for earthquakes, since it is such a common phenomena.

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CONAF park ranger at Orongo, Easter Island

CONAF and police take back Easter Island

By Marcus Edensky

See all posts on the 2015 roadblock conflict.

Police at Rano Kau, Orongo, Easter Island
Police is patrolling Easter Island regularly.

Police force has now cleared roads and archaeological sites and from Rapa Nui Parliament members. It is no longer necessary to pay the 60 USD entrance fee to move around freely at Easter Island. The money that tourists paid to the Rapa Nui Parliament for entering the archaeological sites since the 16th of August was kept by a local businessman and hotel owner, who earlier on had been giving monetary support to the movement. He and his daughter were detained in the airport when trying to leave Easter Island with the money with a total sum of approximately 50 million pesos. They are now detained for 180 days while being investigated for fraud. The possibility of returning the money to tourists that have been paid to the Rapa Nui Parliament is part of the investigation.

Conaf announcement paper national park free of entry
CONAF announces that the Rapa Nui national park is free of entry until further notice.

Leviante Araki, president of Rapa Nui Parliament, was yesterday also detained when at the Hua Reva (south coast) road block preventing CONAF park rangers from passing.

In protest against detention of the Rapa Nui Parliament members, as well as to continue the fight against Chilean sovereignty, people from the same group have taken control over the labor port Hanga Piko, preventing unload of any cargo coming from the sea. Unloading the cargo is now slower, since it is done in the central harbor instead.

Official word is that CONAF will be maintaining the national park only temporarily, at least until new proposals will be presented on the 25th of October about who will take over the archaeological sites.

With police interveining, it now seems the 2015 roadblock conflict is going towards an end. What are your thoughts? Have the latest events been for the better, or for the worse? Please comment below!

Hanga Piko harbor protest by Rapa Nui Parliament
Members of Rapa Nui Parliament has stopped cargo unload to protest against detention of their members and Chilean sovereignty.

 

Empty road block Vaitea.
Rapa Nui Parliament road blocks are now empty.

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Vandalism at Easter Island, boat house hare paenga

Easter Island archaeology vandalized

By Marcus Edensky

Paenga hole boat house
Paenga stones are more fragile where holes have been drilled for tying rope.

The irreplaceable world heritage of Easter Island has recently been victim to vandalism. The archaeological item that has been deliberately damaged is a so called paenga – a foundation stone of an ancient house called boat house or hare paenga (“paenga house“). The part that was destroyed is the more fragile corner of the stone, where in ancient times a hole was drilled for tying a rope to help sustain the roof. A big rock must have been used to do this, pounding the paenga with great force. The color of the rock where it was broken witnesses of this being a recent event. It is unknown who is responsible for these actions.

A frame of branches was covered with dried grass formed the roof of the boat house.
A frame of branches was covered with dried grass formed the roof of the boat house.

 

Boat house or hare paenga along the north coast of Rapa Nui.
Boat house or hare paenga along the north coast of Rapa Nui.

With thousands of archaeological sites, Easter Island is often referred to as the world’s largest open-air museum. All of these sites are hard to protect. Luckily, acts of vandalism like these are not common as visitors of Easter Island are in general respectful. The last time it happened was in 2008, when a Finnish tourist broke off a piece of an ear of a moai statue at Anakena beach, for which he faced 7 years in prison and 8.6 million Chilean pesos (13 000 USD) in fines.

Boat house from Easter Island, Polynesian Cultural Center, Hawaii
Reconstruction of boat house at Polynesian Cultural Center, Hawaii.
Domestic scene with boat house Pierre Loti Easter Island
Drawing of domestic scene with boat house from 19th century by Pierre Loti.
Sign to transportation path of moai statues, Ara O Te Moai
The sign to the ancient transportation road of the moai statues works against protecting the Easter Island archaeology, as it invites tourists without a guide to walk among fragile, unprotected archaeology by themselves.

When hiking in the more remote areas of Easter Island, one walks among countless remnants from ancient times, and there is no one around to make sure the archaeology is not vandalized. To cope with the increase in tourism every year, perhaps it is time to consider requiring that tourists go in the company of a guide when visiting these areas.

Would it destroy the island atmosphere to require more of visitors, or is it a necessity in order to protect these unique and fragile world heritage sites? Please comment below!

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Police at Rapa Nui Parliament road blocks

Police controlling Rapa Nui Parliament road blocks

By Marcus Edensky

See all posts on the 2015 roadblock conflict.

For the first time since the Rapa Nui Parliament conflict started over four months ago, police has intervened. This was a consequence of the political minority group trying to start charging entrance fees to archaeological sites of Easter Island. Yesterday, leaders of the Rapa Nui Parliament Leviante Araki and Mario Tuki were detained when preventing tourists to enter the ancient ceremonial village Orongo for not having paid for the ticket. Tuki and Araki were today released.

Rapa Nui Parliament headquarters where entrance tickets are sold.
Rapa Nui Parliament headquarters where entrance tickets are sold.
Official statement of local government representation announcing detention of Rapa Nui Parliament leaders Leviante Araki and Mario Tuki.
Official statement of local government representation announcing detention of Rapa Nui Parliament leaders Leviante Araki and Mario Tuki.

A few days earlier, the community had learned about the intentions of the Rapa Nui Parliament to charge an entrance fee. Easter Island governor Marta Hotus then announced on the radio that no illegal entrance fee charge would be accepted, and if it would come to happen, legal actions would be taken. We now see the result of this, as police constantly patrols the roads and archaeological sites to prevent the Rapa Nui Parliament from stopping tourists that haven’t paid them.

Mario Tuki, one of the leaders of Rapa Nui Parliament, explains:
– The entrance fee is for two things. First, it’s for taking care of our ancestral treasures. Secondly, it’s to steer the rule of the island into the right direction.

A cruise ship arriving the day after Rapa Nui Parliament starts to charge entrance fees is only a coincidence, according to Mario Tuki.
A cruise ship arriving the day after Rapa Nui Parliament starts to charge entrance fees is only a coincidence, according to Mario Tuki.

The day after the Rapa Nui Parliament started charging, a big cruise ship with two thousand passengers arrived. Mario Tuki says that it’s a coincidence. The agency attending the official cruise ship tours made an agreement with the Rapa Nui Parliament, listing their passengers with promise of paying later. Because of this, Mario Tuki was happy and saw the recent events as a victory and the start of something new.

Entrance ticket to archaeological sites of Easter Island by Rapa Nui Parliament.
Entrance ticket to archaeological sites of Easter Island by Rapa Nui Parliament.

Cruise ship passengers going with local agencies instead of the official cruise ship tours were not paying the entrance fees of 60 USD per person. Members of the Rapa Nui Parliament were worried when the police didn’t let them deny access to the archaeological sites, but Mario Tuki tells his fellow members to remain calm.
– Don’t get angry with the tourists. They are the ones who get us food on the table. If we get angry with them, they won’t want to come back. The important thing is that this has started.

Mario Tuki talking to members of Rapa Nui Parliament.
Mario Tuki talking to fellow Rapa Nui Parliament members about the importance of remaining calm.

According to police chief Major Andrés Arena, the police forces have been able to fulfill their duties without any problems.

What’s your opinion of the current events? Are they for the better, or for the worse? Please comment below!

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