ItemRapa Nui Notes 1988 Winter( 1988-01-01)
This issue includes:
What's New in Hangaroa
Maria de Rapa Nui by Joan T. Seaver
Stone Conservation Project by Monica Bahamondez Prieto
Report on Recent Archaeology on Rapa Nui by Dr. Christopher Stevenson
Mission Speleologique 1986 A L'ite de Paques by Claude Vignes
The Ancient Solar Observatories of Rapa Nui by William Liller
Fonck Easter Island Collection by Jose Miguel Ramirez
Response to Erosion Article by William Liller
ItemRapa Nui Notes 1987 Fall( 1987-01-01)
What's New in Hangaroa
Three earthquakes rocked Rapa Nui in July, the largest being 5.9 on the Richter Scale. Because these phenomena are very rare on the island, many of the inhabitants panicked, some fleeing to high ground as they anticipated a tsunami (which did not materialize). No reports of injuries or damage have been forthcoming, although a visitor on the island noted some interesting behavior when the earthquakes struck: many islanders ran outside and looked up.
Also in this issue:
The Many Faces of Rapa Nui by Alan S. Coulson
Religious Records in the Easter Island Tablets by Sergej V. Rjabchikov
ItemRapa Nui Notes Summer 1987( 1987-01-01)
The government of Chile is providing prefab housing for needy islanders. These are being erected on land belonging to islanders who wish them for $1000 U.S. If an islander has no land, the government is providing it. It is expected that there will be 100 of these houses up by next December. They are designed so that they can be added onto and expanded easily. As they are, they have 2 bedrooms, living/kitchen and bath. The government is also fixing up fifty unfinished houses already around the village. They will be roofed and stuccoed: windows and doors will be added, as well as electricity, and a bath. This certainly will be an improvement as many partially finished houses around the village constitute an eyesore.
ItemRapa Nui Notes 1987( 1987-01-01)
If you were on the island in July-August of 1983, you will remember the amazing sight of the huge lumber carrier, "Regent Oak," which crashed on the rocks just off the village of Hanga Roa. Efforts to repair her failed, and she was towed out to sea and sunk. Last winter, a private sailboat from Tahiti was wrecked near Ana Kai Tangata. These events are cited as evidence of the vital need for construction of a safe harbor/anchorage on the island.
Rumors are that the major roads of the island are to be paved at last. Different types of paving are now being tested.
ItemRapa Nui Notes 1#2 1986( 1986-01-01)
The "world's most isolated inhabited island" is rapidly changing. Since our previous visit, only 6 months ago, we can see many new and different things, strange faces, and a quickening pace. The evident current prosperity is the result of the runway extension, which has provided jobs for many Rapanui, although most workers were brought in from Chile along with the heavy machinery. However, unless additional public works projects are initiated, the good times won't last.
The hoped-for breakwater and harbor are still somewhere in the future, due to a lack of funds. And, at this point in time, tourism is down despite the fact that the island now boasts 5 hotels and 29 residenciales, which range, for a single with meals, from $20. to $116 per day. The island's population now numbers 2500 people; some are with the runway project and thus are temporary. Horses, which numbered about 5000 in 1965-70, are down today to only 200 to 300.
ItemRapa Nui Notes( 1986-01-01)
Rapa Nui Notes is an international newsletter published four times per year for the benefit of all those interested in the archaeology and anthropology of Easter Island. Correspondence, brief articles, photographs, drawings, reviews of books and films, announcements of conferences and publications, and related materials are invited.
So many have asked for news from "their" special island that I have decided to try a newsletter format in order to reach what has become an impossible number of correspondents.