Rafael Rapu comes from a long line of Rapanui carvers. He carves a pukao that the NOVA team will put on top of their modern-day moai. Santi Hito, a local sculptor, watches as Rafael chips away at the volcanic rock with a basalt toki, the stone tool used by the ancient sculptors. Easter Island culture would have had great respect for these two master carvers.

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