Reflections on Leaving Rapa Nui
by watch captain Kimo Lyman
Rapa Nui, Isla de Pascua, Easter Island, is a land of rugged beauty with a treacherous coastline, lots of offshore rocks, pounding surf and only two white sand beaches; Anakena, where Hoku was officially welcomed and Ovahe. The people are handsome, fit and enjoy a healthy diet with mostly locally produced vegetables and fresh fish.
Contrary to what a lot of us crew bringing Hokule'a back
home were led to believe, there were lots of green, good sized eucalyptus
stands, plenty of pasture land and much diversified agriculture on Rapa
Nui. We were fortunate to stay with Ines Teave at her family farm, mauka
of the main town of Hanga Roa, where it was cool and quiet. After working
on the canoe preparing for our leg, inventorying, stocking, and training,
we'd head for the farm and dinner. Helping pull weeds in the pineapple patch
was good for our host and us, knowing that there would be no soil for the
next three or four weeks. Relaxing around the firplace in the evening (with
one watch aboard Hoku) discussing the wonders and mysteries of the ancient
culture topped off our days.
For more information on the quest for Rapa Nui, go to the PVS Homepage.