Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Discussions are underway to plan for a huakaʻi to Rapanui. HLS staff will begin planning for a Fall 2009 Pamaomao class to prepare students for a cultural and educational exchange in Spring 2010 in Rapanui. Select learners from the Kahu Kuʻuna Track and the Mahiʻai track will be afforded an opportunity to experience this fascinating place. Considered one of the most isolated islands in the Pacific, Polynesian explorers traveled here and populated this tiny island. Probably best known for the monolithic stone statues called moai, Rapanui was a thriving society. In the summer of 2004, I spent 6 weeks doing my graduate fieldwork and I was truly impressed by the landscape, people, and culture of Rapanui. We are excited at HLS to be able begin planning for this exciting opportunity. "Rivariva!!"