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Rapa Nui or Rapanui also known as Pascuan /ˈpæskjuːən/, or Pascuense, is an Eastern Polynesian language spoken on the island of Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island

The Rapa Nui language is very similar to the Maori language. So in lack of a good translating tool for the Rapa Nui or Pascuan languge I tried translating Easter Island placenames and words using Maori to English in google translate, and I found some interesting translations.


First I want to mention that the word maori means "translation" in Maori language.

Rongorongo is a system of glyphs discovered in the 19th century on Easter Island that appears to be writing or proto-writing. Numerous attempts at decipherment have been made, none successfully.

If you write Rongorongo like this : "Rongo O Rongo" in Maori it means "Communication of information"

The original name—or perhaps description—of the script is said to have been kohau motu mo rongorongo. If you write it "ko hau motu mo rongo o rongo" in maori it means " The national report for communication of information "

The original name for Easter Island is Te Pito Te Henua. In Maori this means "The end of the world"

Motu Nui is the largest of three islets just south of Easter Island and is the most westerly place in South America.
If you change the o to u like this "Mutu Nui" it means "the great end" in the Maori language.

Rapa Nui is another name for Easter Island. In Maori "ra pa" means the city and "nui" means great. So ra pa nui means the great city in Maori.

Terevake is the tallest mountain on Easter Island. In maori Tere = Speed and Vaka = vessel or boat. So terevaka means fastgoing vessel or speedboat. Maybe there is a ship buried at the top. Ship burials has been practiced in different cultures like indigenous peoples of the Philippines and has been practised in Scandinavia since at least the earliest Iron Age

Papa Tekena is the northermost moai on Easter Island. Pa pa = father in Maori and Te Kena = the white. Putting them together Papa Tekena = the white father

Tongariki is a moai on the east side of Easter Island. Tonga = South in Maori and Riki = More , so putting them together Tongariki means "more south"

Ahu Akivi-Vai Teka is a complex on the west side of Easter Island. If you write it "Ahu aki ivi-vai te ka" it means "Dimension-driven energy and water"

Ahu Akivi is part of the Ahu Akivi-Vai Teka complex. If you write it "Ahu aki-ivi" it means "Dimension-driven energy" in the Maori language.

Ahu Vai Teka is the other Ahu in the complex. If you write it "Ahu Vai Te ka" it means "Who will move" in the maori language. If you put the two names of the ahus together they mean. "Dimension driven energy who will move"

Ahu Te Pito Kura is on the north coast of the island. If you write it "Ahu Te Pito Ku ra" it means "I tend to end day"

Ahu Tau a ure is on the northern coast. It means "a move of penis" in the Maori language.

Tuu tahi is a moai on the east coast. If you write it "Tu u tahi" it means "I stand with" in the Maori language.

Ahu Oroi is a complex on the east coast. If you write it "Oro i" it means sound in the Moari langiage. So Ahu Oro I means move sound or sound move

Ura uranga te mahina is a complex on the south coast. If you write it "ura ura nga te mahina" it means "the red glow of the moon"



Edited 8 time(s). Last edit at 01-Jun-17 14:50 by Andre T.

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