Join us for an exciting lecture that will de-mystify the moai of Rapa Nui!

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Opening Day for Moai at Mounts Botanical

Located in the newly re-opened Tropical Forest Garden, this permanent installation is the vision and gift of Margaret Blume. It was designed by artist Dennis MacDonald as a tribute to the ancient Rapa Nui culture and people of Rapa Nui  (Easter Island). With great attention to authenticity and detail, the three statues replicate the iconic, monolithic figures called moai. Each statue is made of solid reinforced poured concrete and has been stained to create a weathered appearance.

Open 9:00 am to 3:00 pm today (last entry at 2 pm). Regular Garden admission applies: $12 adults; $10 seniors, students and military with ID; $5 for ages 6 to 17

Photograph: Moai statues in early stages of construction.

Grand Opening: Moai at Mounts Botanical Lecture and Tour

Be sure not to miss this exciting lecture by award-winning Anthropologist, Dr. Terry Hunt, co-author of The Statues that Walked; Unravelling the Mystery of Easter Island.

Dr. Hunt has spent over 40 years doing archaeological field research on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and elsewhere in the Pacific.

Join us as he explains his astonishing discovery about how the moai were moved and new evidence that breaks long-held ideas, revealing a rich culture of impressive environmental innovations and deeply spiritual connections.

After the lecture, we will have the opportunity to tour the new permanent exhibit with artist, Dennis MacDonald.

Thursday, October 28th, 9:30 to 10:30 am
Free for MBG members – complimentary ticket required.
$12 for nonmembers (includes full Garden admission)
Registration is required. Members must register to receive their complimentary ticket.
Seating is limited to 45 adults.

About Dr. Terry Hunt

Dr. Terry L. Hunt is an internationally renowned anthropologist, archaeologist, and educator. Dr. Hunt is one of the world’s foremost experts on the human and environmental histories of the Pacific Islands, where he has conducted field research for more than four decades. Dr. Hunt has led innovative field research for the past 20 years on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), where he involves students. He is the author of “The Statues That Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island,” co-authored with Carl Lipo. The book won the Society for American Archaeology’s Book of the Year award in the public audience category in 2011. Dr. Hunt’s research was the focus of a National Geographic magazine cover story in July 2012 and a Nova-National Geographic TV documentary. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Hawai`i, his master’s degree at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Dr. Hunt serves as Dean of the W.A. Franke Honors College and is Professor in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona.

Additional information

Ticket Type

MBG Member, Nonmember

Event Details

Grand Opening: Moai at Mounts Botanical Lecture and Tour

Date: October 28, 2021

Start time: 09:30 a.m.

End time: 10:30 a.m.

Phone: 561-233-1775

Email: akrebs@pbcgov.org