Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
Easter Island: The Majesty and Mystery of Rapa Nui
Alongside an archaeologist, dig into one of the world’s most enduring mysteries as you explore Easter Island and its ancient moai. Plus, share a traditional meal with a local family!
Program No. 16342RJ
10 days
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At a Glance

At the turn of the millennium, the island of Rapa Nui — later named Easter Island by a Dutch explorer — flourished with the communities of early Polynesians. Delve into their legacy and history as you explore Easter Island and relish in an opportunity to study the monolithic moai that still exist. Meet archaeologists and historians who study these ancient peoples as well as local residents who continue to call this sub-tropical island their home.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Physically demanding program with extensive walking over uneven terrain and along hillsides. Some stairs required.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Walk around the quarry from which the massive moai were carved, which includes nearly 400 unfinished giants and spectacular petroglyphs.
  • Connect with local Rapanui people
  • Explore the island's most important archaeological sites — including Ahu Tongariki, Orongo Ceremonial Village, and Ahu Vinapu — and examine the mystery of why the moai were built, why they were toppled, and why the cult of the birdman arose.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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C. Haunani Maunu-Hendrix
As a person of native Hawaiian ancestry and a lifelong resident of the islands, C. Haunani Maunu-Henrix enjoys sharing her heritage and culture. Called “Hau” (pronounced “how”) for short, she has traveled extensively herself and focuses on creating connections to local communities in the learning experiences she facilitates for Road Scholar participants. Hau has taught at the University of Hawaii and has extensive experience designing educational itineraries for student groups and lifelong learners.
C. Haunani Maunu-Hendrix
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