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Tuki Family Curanto

One of my favorite experiences on Easter Island is the feast that Johnny Tuki and his family host for our travel group. This feast, also known as a curanto, is a tradition that many Polynesian cultures have where a huge meal is prepared and cooked in a dug out pit in the ground...

A Celebration of Life on Easter Island

During our time on Easter island we were adopted by the local Rapa Nui people. Throughout our stay, our new friends spent days and days preparing a ceremony for their recently deceased aunt. We showed up to meet them one evening and they greeted us covered in blood from preparing...

Easter Island: Why do I return to this place?

The other day I was talking with some friends about Easter Island and my travels there. As we discussed the island and its many mysteries it dawned on me that while all of the intrigue surrounding its history and myths makes it a compelling destination it is not the main reason I...