Easter Island Facts for Kids
Enjoy our fun Easter Island facts for kids. Understand what makes Rapa Nui so special with our range of interesting information and trivia.
Learn about the amazing moai statues found on the island, where the island is located, how the Polynesian population has faired throughout history and much more.
The first recorded European visitor to the island, Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen called the place "Easter Island" because he arrived on Easter Sunday, 5th April, 1722.
With the nearest inhabited island (Pitcairn Island) 2,075 km's (1,289 mi) away and continental Chile 3,512 km's (2,182 mi) away, Easter Island is one of the world's most isolated inhabited islands.
Its a common misconception that the Easter Island statues are just heads (although some have been buried up to their necks over time). They in fact also have torsos, with most ending at the top of the thigh, while some are complete kneeling figures.
Nearly all the moai were carved from solidified volcanic ash at a quarry site on the side of the extinct Rano Raraku volcano. The carvers used basalt stone hand chisels, with many teams working on different statues at the same time. However, a single moai took a team of 5-6 men about a year to finish.