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“Moai's hats”
Review of Puna Pau

Puna Pau
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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21 reviews
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“Moai's hats”
Reviewed February 6, 2014

All the island is an unique experience. You will like it all. From this place comes the stone that became the top of the Moai. The place is beautiful. Ii is amazing how they could move those massive stones!

Visited February 2014
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Aldershot, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

Very worthwhile climb up to the top of the hill here for great views over Hanga Roa, the sea, hills and farmland. The top knots created from the stone quarried here I think it is called Huni Huni.
Take your Tourist ticket in case it is requested by a park warden.

Visited December 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“Different from the rest...”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

Nice to see the different coloured stone that is quarried in this area to make the top hats or the top knots as they are referred... It's got a nice vista view of the village and Rano Kau.

Visited October 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“A part of the story, see where they made the red headstones”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

You can still see many of the headstones on their way out, many broken and left where they fell. The quarry is mainly grassed over now but still worth a stop. You also get a view of the local fields that are no longer cultivated.

Visited April 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Where do we get the red topnots?”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

This is the remains of a small quarry that had a red volcanic stone that the Rapa Nui people used for the topnots of their Moai.This was the main source of red scoria rock, which was used for the construction of the pukao "hat", visible on the heads of some of the many moai statues.

These pukao it seems were added at a later stage in the history of moai making and were put on only the biggest moai at the most important ceremonial sites or ahu.In fact there are less than 100 pukao to have been found and 30 of them are still in this quarry area of Puna Pau Historians seem to think they were added to make their Moai more impressive in a kind of tribal rivalry.

The other benefit of visiting this site is that once you have climbed to the top of the hill you get a fabulous view of Hanga Roa and out to the sea beyond.

Be warned that yet again there are no toilets here so you will have to drive somewhere to find some.

There is no individual charge for this site as it is once again part of the Rapa Nui National Park so covered by the general entrance fee to the park. You should carry you ticket at all times while visiting the sites.

Visited May 2013
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