The Big Bang
First One Up!
The raising of the first of 11 slivers that compose the dome. (Alexandra Edwards)
A Family Affair
Café/Bar manager Soraya Riroroko cheers on her brother Kai. (Alexandra Edwards)
Assessing the Work
Edmundo and Mara evaluate the progress of the construction. (Alexandra Edwards)
Beyond the Rafters
Getting the slivers up there... (Alexandra Edwards)
Sawing on the rooftops. (Alexandra Edwards)
Our nephew Mako Riroroko chips in. (Alexandra Edwards)
Many Hands Make Light Work
Cristián Vidal lends a hand. It looked easy from down below... It wasn't. (Alexandra Edwards)
Kai Riroroko takes a short break. (Alexandra Edwards)
Peko Riroroko and his nephew Mako joining the slivers together. (Alexandra Edwards)
Double the Fun
Two generations of the same family collaborate together. (Alexandra Edwards)
Joining the peaks together. (Alexandra Edwards)
A Small Step...
Stepping into gear. (Alexandra Edwards)
Just three slivers to go! (Alexandra Edwards)
Up and Up
Peko sets up for the next one. (Alexandra Edwards)
Leadership at Work
Cristián Vidal addresses his team. (Alexandra Edwards)
Stairway to Heaven
Well, ladder, but still... (Alexandra Edwards)
Joining the Last Sliver
This sliver was by far the hardest one to put up! (Alexandra Edwards)
The dome stands finished. (Alexandra Edwards)
Because you didn't think we'd forget to have a bar, did you? (Alexandra Edwards)
The only thing he's missing is a telescope. (Alexandra Edwards)
Our Bright Stars
GUSTAVO BÓRQUEZ PAOA
E Tui (The expelled: the sword of Orion's Belt). Those expelled were supposedly from Hiva, the Rapanui homeland.
Mata Mea (Red eye: Mars). Mars marked the biennial Koro festival and, depending on viewing conditions, was generally considered a bad omen.
Matariki (Small eyes/Chiefly eyes: The Pleiades). This is the most important asterism in all Polynesia, marking the start of the New Year on all the different islands and even sharing cognates of the same name.
Te Mataa (The obsidian spearpoint: The Southern Cross). This is a prominent asterism in the Southern Hemisphere, used to find direction.
Mata Po Nui
Mata Po Nui (The eye of the great darkness/Spiritworld: Spica).
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Ko Toe Ko Peu Renga #1 (The wake of the fine pickaxe/energy: Menkalinan & Capella)
Ko Toe Ko Peu Renga
Ko Toe Ko Peu Renga #2 (The remnants of the fine pickaxe/energy: Menkalinan & Capella)
Nga Vaka (The canoes: Alpha and Beta Centaurii). These stars which were important for navigation, represented the two canoes used by brother and sister Hotu Matu’a and Ava Rei Pua, the legendary founders of Rapa Nui. Alpha Centauri is the third-brightest star in the night sky, after Sirius, and Canopus.
Kete (The basket: Aldebaran, Delta, Theta, & Epsilon Tauri). These 4 stars announced the start of the period of abundance.
Ko Para Tahiri
Ko Para Tahiri (The war club of Tahiri: Arcturus). Arcturus is the fourth-brightest star in the night sky, after Sirius, Canopus, and Alpha Centauri.
Tau Toru (The beautiful three: Orion's Belt). In both Tahiti and Rapa Nui, these stars represent a man who killed his wife in a fit of jealousy, and then regretful, parted with his two children to search for her in the Spiritworld.