Toki Rapa Nui

Toki Rapa Nui, Easter Island: Hours, Address, Toki Rapa Nui Reviews: 5/5

Toki Rapa Nui
5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Lessons & Workshops
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Floris vH
By Floris vH
Off the beaten track architectural, cultural and environmental gem
Jan 2020
Toki is a school of music and arts, where local children can get free lessons of classical and traditional rapa nui music. But it’s so much more than that - making it a true highlight to visit. You could say that the past, present and future or Rapa Nui come together at this place. The building is unique: it’s an “earthship” by Michael Reynolds, meaning that it is made of recycled and natural materials. It produces its own electricity and collects rainwater. It’s perfectly embedded in the landscape and has the form of a flower. The building alone makes it worth a visit! In it, children are taught to play musical instruments or rapa nui songs. The idea is that they don’t need to leave the island to pursue a career in music. The school also helps to preserve rapa nui culture and language, which is under threat on the island. Finally, Toki promotes environmental sustainability through it’s organic fruit and vegetable garden. By going back to ancestral ways of growing food, and mixing them with modern (organic) ways, Toki promotes self-sufficiency. This is particularly relevant on the island, as much of the food is imported (and thus expensive and unsustainable). We hiked there from Hanga Roa along the coast, past Tahai and a solitary moai further down the coast. It’s easy to find, just follow the signs. It took some 45 minutes to walk, and you could take a bicycle or car there instead (dirt road). Its director Carolina explained everything to us in great detail. There are also guided tours. I really recommend this place if you want to get off the beaten track and learn first-hand what is relevant in rapa nui society, culture, and environment today.

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Floris vH
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Off the beaten track architectural, cultural and environmental gem
Jan 2020
Toki is a school of music and arts, where local children can get free lessons of classical and traditional rapa nui music. But it’s so much more than that - making it a true highlight to visit. You could say that the past, present and future or Rapa Nui come together at this place.

The building is unique: it’s an “earthship” by Michael Reynolds, meaning that it is made of recycled and natural materials. It produces its own electricity and collects rainwater. It’s perfectly embedded in the landscape and has the form of a flower. The building alone makes it worth a visit!
In it, children are taught to play musical instruments or rapa nui songs. The idea is that they don’t need to leave the island to pursue a career in music. The school also helps to preserve rapa nui culture and language, which is under threat on the island.

Finally, Toki promotes environmental sustainability through it’s organic fruit and vegetable garden. By going back to ancestral ways of growing food, and mixing them with modern (organic) ways, Toki promotes self-sufficiency. This is particularly relevant on the island, as much of the food is imported (and thus expensive and unsustainable).

We hiked there from Hanga Roa along the coast, past Tahai and a solitary moai further down the coast. It’s easy to find, just follow the signs. It took some 45 minutes to walk, and you could take a bicycle or car there instead (dirt road). Its director Carolina explained everything to us in great detail. There are also guided tours.

I really recommend this place if you want to get off the beaten track and learn first-hand what is relevant in rapa nui society, culture, and environment today.
Written 5 February 2020
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