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“Te Ra'ai cultural dinner and show”
Review of Te Ra Ai

Te Ra Ai
Ranked #15 of 50 Restaurants in Hanga Roa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $45 - $100
Cuisines: Polynesian
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Buffet, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Cultural event service, traditional food "curanto Rapa Nui and artistic show"1st Stage includes: roundtrip transfers from Hotels, reception with music and arts local manners, live music, takona, welcome cocktail, traditional ceremony "Pae Umu"with explanation in Spanish and English.Stage 2: Dinner based on local curanto and specialties of our restaurant; pork ribs, chicken, vegetables and fish baked in the heat of volcanic stones served in our dining room, fruit juice, red and white wine, accompaniments, sauces and dessert included. Special greetings.Stage 3: Show cultural artistic and interactive "Haha Varua', traditions, legends and stories with live music.
Woodstock, Illinois
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“Te Ra'ai cultural dinner and show”
Reviewed March 20, 2009

This was one of my favorite nights on the island! Victor Lka invites people to his home every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for a traditional Rapa Nui culture dinner and show.
This is not your average commercial whip-the-tourist-in type of deal.
Holding my Pisco sour in hand, I went to sit around the pit, waiting for the unearthing ceremony. One of the male dancers came out and showed us how they body paint and what the designs mean. Then he went around and painted the faces of everyone present. When Victor came to explain the ceremony, he said, "Don't take pictures. There will be time later. Right now I want you to open your hearts to the prayer and song." It was beautiful and heartfelt, as the men sang their blessings over the food and opened the pit.
Dinner was sausage, pork, fish, chicken, rice with corn, salad, plantain, cooked purple sweet potatoes. Dessert was fresh fruit.
I can describe the show as one of the most vigorous athletic shows I've ever seen and the emotion of the dancers were often evident. Afterwards, the dancers all stayed for pictures and conversation.
TRANSPORTATION to and from your hotel is INCLUDED in the price. I also loved that their children were present and just as cute as bugs in a rug.

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