Declaration of Perpetual Memory
For years, the disagreement between the owners of the Hotel Hanga Roa and the descendents of the family of Ricardo Hito-Tepihi and Verónica Atamu-Pakomio has been making its way through the Chilean courts. It is sufficient to see the black flags and the unfriendly posters, placed by the descendents of the Hito-Atamu family which claim ownership of the property, in front of the current hotel. The accusations are based on the native consideration that the cession was not really that, but was only a concession; that Verónica Atamu-Pakomio did not know how to read or write in Spanish and, therefore, did not understand what she was signing; that the land belongs to the Rapanui people and cannot be sold to persons not belonging to the ethnic group; and so on.
Shortly thereafter, a meeting of the City Council was held with the presence of the Aldermen: Florencia Atan-Hotu, Policarpo Icka-Paoa, Lázaro Hotus-Ika, Jermán Hotus-Chávez, Ricardo Tuki-Hereveri and Exequiel Tuki-Make. As a special guest, seated behind the same desk as the mayor, was his brother-in-law, Ricardo Hito-Tepihe. The Mayor began the session in the Rapanui language to explain the request from CORFO and the benefits offered to the Hito-Atamu family in exchange for their plot of land at Apina Nui for the construction of a hotel. The benefit was to be a solid dwelling, a type of house that was known to the declarants. Also recognized, at the time, was the precarious situation in which the Hito-Atamu family was living. Their house was a pae-pae (shack) built of totora reeds with toroko (tall grass) and leaves of maika (banana).
The Hito–Atamu family, in addition to the construction of a solid house on the part of CORFO, the authorities and the Office of Lands and Colonization, received in compensation a plot of 10 hectares (nearly 25 acres) in the sector of Orito. On this same plot today are the houses of the children, grandchildren and other heirs of the Hito–Atamu couple.
Signed by: Felipe Pakarati-Tuki (79), ex-Municipal Secretary of Isla de Pascua and Alfredo Tuki-Paté (75), ex-Secretary of Government of Isla de Pascua.
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