Hoa Hakanananai'a is the "lost moai" of Easter Island. Currently residing in the British Museum, the inhabitants of Rapa Nui desperately await his return.
When I arrived in Chile in March, I had no plans to fly five hours away for a weekend trip. I wanted to explore other countries in Latin America – Argentina, Peru, Uruguay. But I never dreamed or hoped that I would go to Easter Island or Isla de Pascua. That changed in April, when one of my new friends also on an exchange here messaged our group chat with the news: there were cheap flights going to Easter Island in June! What’s more, it was his birthday on the Friday, and he would get to spend his 21st on Rapa Nui, visiting moai in the middle of the Pacific…