Seaward facing Maoi of Ahu Akivi
Nearly all of the Moai of Rapa Nui face inland. The 7 Moai of Ahu Akivi are a notable exception. They gaze out to sea, facing the sunset of the spring and autumn Equinoxes. Moreover, while most Ahu are located on the coast, the Ahu Akivi is located inland.
Legend suggests that these 7 Moai represent the 7 Polynesian leaders who, led by chief Hotu Matu'a, were the first Polynesians to land on Rapa Nui probably around 700-800 CE. Some believe that these seaward facing Moai are looking back towards the center of Polynesia from whence the Rapa Nui came.
William Mulloy and Gonzalo Figueroa García-Huidobro restored Ahu Akivi in 1960.
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