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

Marcus Edensky

Marcus is owner of local Rapa Nui travel agency Easter Island Travel. He is one of the few foreigners that has learnt to speak Rapa Nui fluently. He is founder of local Easter Island newspaper Tāpura Re'o - the only newspaper written entirely in Rapa Nui language.

3 thoughts on “Tapati Rapa Nui festival program 2016

  1. Hello,

    May I have the name of the boy rock band that preformed on the night of Jan 30, 2016? They were wonderful!

    Thank you,
    Stephanie

    1. Hi Stephanie, I’m glad you enjoyed the show! That band would be Tao’a. There are CD’s for sale at the clothing shop Tau Kiani below the church. The lead singer, Gabi, is actually the one rowing in the top photo of this post!

  2. Hi, I call also recommend the band Ariki Ta Kona, super good. To buy in the most of the shops.
    Ingrid Lindén

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