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Celebrating Island Life

By Linda Tancs

Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island, is an isolated volcanic island located in the heart of the South Pacific, halfway between Tahiti and South America.  Populated mainly by Polynesians and Chileans, its subtropical climate draws visitors year round.  The locals celebrate their culture during the first two weeks of February during the Tapati Festival, a spirited affair featuring a triathlon, horse racing, group dance competitions and, for the more adventurous, a hill slide on a sled of sorts fashioned from banana tree trunks.  This year’s event runs through 15 February.


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