The Mystery of Ahu Tongariki: Touring Easter Island

By Chanay Kwak - 2013-08-06T17:10:45Z

Photograph by Chaney Kwak

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Dawn Breaks

Touted to be the "navel of the world," the minuscule island of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, harbors dramatic coastlines and mysterious stone moai that amaze the visitors who venture to one of the most remote human settlements in the world. Chaney Kwak spent a week capturing gorgeous images around Easter Island.

Dawn breaks over Ahu Tongariki, the largest of the ahu , or stone platforms holding up the moai statues, at over 650 feet wide. Ahu remain "tapu," or sacred and forbidden.

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