Infobox Ethnic group

poptime=ca. 5,682
popplace=Chile (Particularly Easter Island)
rels= Roman Catholicism
langs=Rapa Nui language, Spanish
related=Oparoan, Hanau e'epe

The Rapanui or Rapa Nui ("Big Rapa") are the native Polynesian inhabitants of Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean (the island itself is also called Rapa Nui). Today, Rapanui people make up 60% of Easter Island's population. They speak the Rapa Nui language. At the 2002 census there were 3,304 island inhabitants - almost all living in the village of Hanga Roa on the sheltered west coast. Of the 2,378 Rapanui who live in the mainland of Chile, 50% live in the metropolitan area of Chile's capital, Santiago de ChileFact|date=April 2007.

ee also

*Hanau E'epe
*Rapa Nui language
*Rapa Nui (film)
*Hotu Matu'a
*Rapa Nui mythology


* [http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9117371 "Easter Island." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2007. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 21 May 2007]

External links

* [http://libweb.hawaii.edu/digicoll/rapanui/index.html Rapanui - The Edmunds and Bryan Photograph Collection] documenting Rapanui's archaeological wonders and everyday life during the early 1900s

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