Originally Aired: April 28, 2021
Learn more about the dynamic, future-facing people of Rapanui. The Rapa Nui voyaging canoe Kuini Analola opens up the Matariki Festival, and filmmaker Sergio Mataʻu Rapu shares the compelling backstory on his acclaimed, “Eating Up Easter,” which deals with issues of trash disposal, tourism, and cultural survival. Hōkūleʻa’s 2017 landfall is recounted, and an inspiring visit to the environmentally-driven Toki Music School which was ingeniously constructed from waste products. Local leaders of Foundation Ao Tupuna offer an interesting take on Rapa Nui’s Covid-19 shut down with reports of a rejuvenated landscape and closer family interactions that seemed to strengthen their traditional lifeways.