Posted by: mikeyfreedom | October 22, 2007

Moai Kavakava

Moai Kavakava this carved figure is called, which means appropriately “Figure with ribs”!

rapa nui moai kavakava easter island carving art polynesian

Moai Kavakava. Pencil on paper. 2007. M.Lothian.Copyright.

There has been much debate over the use and purpose of such carving from Rapa Nui ( Easter Island) Some propose that they were worn around the neck as part of ceremonies, dances, some site fertility and ancestors that has ascended to God status. To have such a craving would of been the object of great pride and admiration, sacred indeed! Great care to its keep, would of been of the up most importance! Assuredly the Moai Kavakava represented ancestors , to its roll and supreme importance is perhaps not to be fully understood? The tree from which these carvings were fashioned were called Toromiro, such trees became extinct some time ago.

The Ariki’s of Rapa Nui and there drive for such stone monuments and wooden carvings weighed heavy upon the natural resources of the island. Whilst majestic, artistic and a testament to a civilization unlike many, the devastation of such a small ecosystem over time, the social upheaval and the impact of Europeans that followed- is yet a timely warning for us all, of the delicate balance of nature and man, the terrible impact that we ourselves may have on the world at large, Rapa Nui is indeed a sign post.

– untrue the words of William Blake ring ” The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom “,

In regards to us and the earth upon which we live – Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance. – Epicurus the ancient Greek thinker said.

And so it is of recent years that Rapa Nui has gained interest on the world stage again, attempts to extract life from specimens of Toromiro continue in an effort to reintroduce the plant, palms trees are being regenerated and the Rapa Nui culture is thriving!

Such groups as Matato’a are a testament to this!

Ku hanga ‘a au mo oho ki ‘a Rapa Nui



  1. hi michael,
    i contacted tricia allen about polynesian tattoos, she has pointed me in your direction and to you other website, I was hoping you may be able to design me a tattoo, based on a similar one that is on tricia’s website. if you could get back to me and let me know if this is something you can do, that would be fantastic.



  2. ps, forgot to say, i tried connecting to, but it kept timing it out.. cheers again

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