Tapati Rapa Nui 2011
This year the two candidates were Elisa Vairoa del Carmen Atan-Mena, who presented under her nickname of Pua, and the winner, Mahaki Pakomio-Tepano. The sponsors of both candidates, Aru Kiara Vaikireangi Pate and Maria Rosario Haoa, together with their families, began months before to prepare the costumes and to train for the competitions which require high levels of artistic ability and physical stamina. It is all done happily with unity, effort and hard work, in which the tourists are most welcome to join. This year, the parade was specially notable for the overwhelming participation of Chilean and foreign tourists.
For 2017, the organizers took inspiration from the traditional Council of Elders Te Mau Hatu o te Rapa Nui which was reflected in the scenery installed at Hanga Vare Vare.
For many years, during the first half of February, the Tapati Rapa Nui cultural festival has been held, to commemorate the history of this people and to strengthen the cultural, artistic and sporting legacy of their ancestors. The Rapanui families unite in support of their candidates and competitors, participating actively in the hard collective labor.