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The next edition of the Tapati Rapa Nui will be held from January 29th to February 14th of 2016. On this occasion the most important festival of Easter Island coincides with the 50th anniversary of the law 16441 of 1966 by which the rapanui inhabitants obtained the Chilean citizenship.

If you do not want to miss this great party, we suggest that you book your accommodation well in advance. If you also book through our website you will be collaborating with the School of Music and Arts Toki NGO whose purpose is to protect and spread the Rapanui culture.




Nota The Tapati 2016 program is already available on our mobile app so you can see it offline when traveling to the island.

Tapati O Te Rapa Nui 2016


Friday, 29th January


Hanga Vare Vare – 18:00 h

  • Hare Mauku´s Official Inauguration | Te Ha’amatara’a te Hare Mauku

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

  • He Tahu i te anga
  • Tapati o te Rapa Nui 2016 Official Opening
  • Aito Tapati 2016´s Candidates´ Presentations and speeches | He tatara te ararua ko te ‘Aito o te Tapati
  • ‘Aito Tapati 2015’s Speech | He tatara te ‘Aito Tapati Rapa Nui 2015
  • Authorities’ speech | He tatara te tangata honui o te kainga
  • Artistic performance of Topatangi| He haka tike’a i te ‘ori’e i te himene

Saturday, 30th January


Rano Raraku – 12:00 h.

  • Rapa Nui’s Triathlon: Adults, ‘Aito, Youth and Male Masters | He Tau’a Rapa Nui Ngangata
  • Rapa Nui’s Triathlon: Women and Candidates | He Tau’a Rapa Nui Ngavi’e

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

  • Traditional Song Contest “Ute” | He Ute
  • Kai Kai Candidates | He KaiKai o te ‘Uka
  • Kai Kai ‘Aito | He KaiKai o te ‘Aito
  • Artistic performance | He hakatike’a i te ‘ori’e i te himene

Sunday, 31st January


Hanga Vare Vare – 10:00 h

  • Tapati Rapa Nui´s official Catholic Mass | He pure o te Tapati Rapa Nui

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

  • Performance of NGO Toki´s Music School | He hakatike’a i te himene o te Hare Hapi Toki
  • Candidates of the Body Painting Contest | He Tatu o te’Uka

Monday, 1st February


Hanga Vare Vare – 10:00 h

  • Agricultural Exhibition | He haito i te kaiha’apu

Hanga Roa o Tai – 15:00 h

  • Body boarding with a reed board | HakaNgaru
  • Body boarding | HakaHonu

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

  • Tatu’s competitors | He ‘a’ati Tatu o te nu’a’a’ati
  • First round of the Adult’s group for the Competing Arts Contest | He ‘a’ati’ori o te nu’upa’ari

Tuesday, 2nd February


Vaihu – 10:00 hrs.

  • Horse Racing (short and long races) | He ‘a’ati hoi

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

  • First round of the Children’s group for the Competing Arts Contest | He ‘a’ati’ori o te ngapoki
  • Riu Song Contest | He ‘a’ati Riu
  • Traditional Tango Competitors; Candidates and ‘Aito | He ‘a’ati ori tango

Wednesday, 3rd February


Hanga Roa o Tai – 09:00 h

  • Traditional Underwater Hunting Contest | He ‘a’ati Hi Kau
  • Traditional Spear Fishing Contest | He ‘a’atiRuku Mata e Oru
  • Moray Eel hunting contest for children | He’a’atiherekorehamo te ngapoki

Cultural Centre Tongariki – 15:00 h

  • Tahiti’s Cultural Exhibition | He hakatike’a i te anga o te henua ko Tahiti

Rapa Nui City Hall – 16:00 h

  • Collection of points

Thursday, 4th February


Hanga Vare Vare – 10:00 h

  • Competitors of the Traditional Shell Necklace Making Contest | He ‘a’ati tui korone o te nu’u’a’ati
  • Candidates making Traditional Shell Necklace | He ‘a’ati hei tiare o te nu’u ‘a’ati
  • Traditional Flowers Crown Making Contest | He ‘a’atiHa’umarokeo te nu’u’a’ati
  • Rongo Rongo Carving Contest | ‘A’ati Tarai RongoRongo

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

  • Kai Kai’s competitors | He’a’ati kai kai o te nu’u’a’ati
  • Candidates and ‘Aito Singing Contest | ‘A’ati himene o te Uka ararua ko te ‘Aito
  • First round of the Youth’s group for the Competing Arts Contest | He’a’ati’ori o te ngapoki Tanga

Friday, 5th February


Hanga Vare Vare – Ahu Riata – 10:00 h

  • Green Banana Cluster Race | He akavenga

Ahu Riata – 13:00 h

  • Selective underwater hunting (free competition, no points assigned – starts at 9:00h) | He’a’ati ruku
  • Costume Making: Mahute kakaka and feathers | ‘A’atireireikahu
  • Reimiro Carving | He ‘a’ati tarai Reimiro
  • Competitors of Mangai Carving | He ‘a’ati tarai mangai o te nu’u ‘a’ati
  • ‘Aito Mangai Carving | He ‘a’ati tarai mangai o te ‘Aito

Ahu Riata – Hanga Piko – 21:45 h

  • Singing Contest | He Korohakaopo

Saturday, 6th February


Anakena – starting at 10:00 h

  • Cultural Encounter between Tahiti and Rapa Nui | He koronui o te hui Tupuna

Palm tree area – 13:00 h

  • Comunal Curanto (traditional dish) | He umumo te mahingo

Sunday, 7th February


Maunga Pu’i – 15:00 h.

  • Haka Pei: Sliding downhill on banana tree trunks | He HakaPei

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

  • 2nd round of the Children’s group for the Competing Arts Contest | He ruamahana o te’a’ati’ori ngapoki
  • Harmonica Contest | He ‘a’atihakatangi upa upangutu
  • Candidates and ‘Aito: Traditional costume Pipi-mahute-kakaka-huruhuru | He hakatike’a i te kahutupuna

Monday, 8th February


Hanga Piko – 09:00 h

  • Moai Carving | He Tarai i te Moai
  • Paoa Carving | He tArai i te Paoa
  • Competitors of the Flowes Necklace Making Contest | He’a’ati tui Karonetiare
  • Tingi Tingi Mahute Cotest: Competitors; Candidates and ‘Aito | He ‘a’atihoevaka

Hanga Piko – 14:00 h

  • Women, Men and Youth Regatta | He ‘a’atihoevaka

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

  • Theatrical Play Contest | He ‘a’ati’ A’amutuai
  • 2nd round of the Adult’s group for the Competing Arts Contest | He ruamahana ‘o te’a’ati’ori pa’ar

Tuesday, 9th February


Hanga Vare Vare from 08:00 to 14:00 h.

  • Culinary Competition | He’a’atitunukai

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

  • Artistic performance of the group of Haka “Natupa” | He hakatike’a i te ‘ori’e i te himene
  • Accordion | He ‘a’atihakatangi upa upa rima
  • Unreleased Song | He a’a’ti himene api
  • 2nd round of the Youth’s group for Competing Arts Contest | He ruamahana o te ‘a’ati’ori ngapoki Tanga

Wednesday, 10th February


Hanga Roa o Tai – 10:00 h

  • Swimming Competition: Adultos; Female and male youth; Candidates y ‘Aito | He’a’atikau
  • Open Duathlon | He ‘a’ati Duatlón

Hanga Vare Vare – 15:00 h

  • Javelin Throw: Competidores; Uka y ‘Aito | He tau ki te huri

Rapa Nui City Hall – 18:00 h

  • Collection of points

Thursday, 11th February


Hotu Matu’a – Atamu Tekena – Te Pito o Te Henua – Policarpo Toro – 17:00 h

  • Collection of points of celebrities | He tataku i te tangata o te narinari
  • Beginning of float parade | He ‘ea te pere’oanarinari
  • Matamu’a celebrities | NariNari

Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

  • Artistic performance of “Amahiro” | He hakatike’a i te ‘ori e i te himene

Friday, 12th February


Rapa Nui City Hall – 10:00 h

  • Collection of points

Saturday, 13th February


Hanga Vare Vare – 21:45 h

  • He Tahu i te anga
  • 2015 ‘Aito’s speech | He tatara te ‘Aito o te tapati 2015
  • Tapati 2016 ‘Aito and Candidate´s speeches | He tatara te Uka ararua ko te ‘Aito
  • Queen and ‘Aito Tapati 2016 Coronation | He hakahei i te Ariki e i te’Aito o te Tapati
  • Authorities’ speech | He tatara te tangatahonui o te kainga

Sunday, 14th February


Tahai – 19:00 h

  • Traditional Coronation | He hakaheiTupunao te Ariki
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