Ka Tahi No Tatou !
It is then soon after two months of adventures that we find time (and strength!) to close the first stage of our adventure, Rapa Nui and the time has come for us to try to synthesize and transcribe to the best all the richness and beauty of this small pebble lost in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Rapa Nui is above all a strong culture and above all an attachment to the latter. On the island, we are Pascuan and we are proud to be! We drive our beautiful culture to future generations and above all we claim it! The traditional language is taught at school from an early age and is practiced all around the island in a common way and all occasions are good for conversing and exchanging in Rapa Nui.
It is also a people very attached to its roots and has its membership in Polynesia. As Tahitians, we were welcomed as brothers and full members of the community and were even invited to a traditional ceremony that was strong in emotion. There is no doubt that we leave this little piece of paradise more Polynesians than we were when we arrived!
The Mana of the island is felt from the earliest moments as a whisper of the past constantly reminding the new generations of the importance of the cultural and historical heritage that has been bepassed to them.
The people therefore live in contact with their culture and thus, by way of consequences, nature and its environment. The result is less waste in the streets (compared to Tahiti in all cases!), a real management of marine ressources, the establishment of a real policy of traditional and environmental education (Toki School of Rapa Nui), a realization in the face of the use ofplastic both public and private bodies and the setting up of a large education policy in order to preserve both the past and the future…
For indeed, behind the pictures of postcards hides also another reality. The island is severely affected by the pollution of the plastic and every day it is tons of micro-plastic and other wastes that come to fail on the beautiful coasts of the island after being carted by the currents that converge in a vortex close to the coast. High tourist attendance also has an impact on historic sites and on life on the island (waste generation, resource consumption…) and a strengthened immigration policy has to be put in place to limit the number of visits and especially the influx of tourists from all over the world who wish to meet the Moais. A fight is also being fought by a part of the Rapa Nui people in order to reclaim the management of the cultural parks that are currently managed by the Chilean Government.
A reality that brings a certain contrast to the beautiful landscapes of the island but which allowed us to realize this other world which is often invisible to the tourist while stressing the importance of the existing positive initiatives.
It is therefore the heart a little heavy that we conclude our parenthesis Rapa Nui while making the promise to rest one day the foot on this jewel of the Pacific with its magnificent landscapes, its sublime sunsets, its imposing and majestic Moais but above all its population with the heart on the hand that it is important to preserve…
But wait, wouldn’t there be a Festival every year at Rapa Nui?