Pu O Hiro Blows. Well — Not Anymore, Anyway. Another Easter Island Artifact.

Pu o Hiro — which translates into the Trumpet of Hiro, who is considered to be the ancient god of rain — is an engraved stone which is thought to have had a sort of magic or good luck when used for fishing by those who resided on Easter Island long ago.

Pu O Hiro Blows. Well — Not Anymore, Anyway. Another Easter Island Artifact.

Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

The discolored hole near the top of the stone — which is also known as Maea Puhi, which translates as stone to blow — is what was used to blow to create sounds which were thought to attract fish to the coast of the island, according to certain traditions and legends.

Pu O Hiro Easter Island

Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

Pu o Hiro — which is approximately 1.25 meters in height — was also considered as a trophy of war which was carried from one end of Easter Island to the other on many occasions.

Pu O Hiro Easter Island

Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

Several petroglyphs with vulva forms known as komari — which is the symbol of fertility — are found on Pu o Hiro; so it is believed that the stone was also used in rituals pertaining to fertility.

Pu O Hiro Easter Island

Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

A barrier currently surrounds Pu o Hiro; so no one is permitted to attempt to create sounds by blowing through one of the holes of the stone — and even merely touching the stone is also prohibited.

Pu O Hiro Easter Island

Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

Summary

Pu o Hiro is located on the northeastern coast of Easter Island approximately 22.3 kilometers northeast of Hanga Roa. Driving there is easy, as the fastest route will take approximately 37 minutes of your time; and parking is free of charge…

Pu O Hiro Easter Island

Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

…although no actual parking lot is officially designated; so just park your vehicle along the road wherever possible.

Pu O Hiro Easter Island

Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

Remember that Pu o Hiro is part of Parque Nacional Rapa Nui — which is the national park of Easter Island — but you do not need to present your ticket to see this artifact. Regardless, you will need to pay $80.00 in United States dollars just for admission into the areas of the national park; and the ticket may be purchased either on arrival at the airport or in the center of town of Hanga Roa, which is the only municipality on Easter Island.

No facilities are available near Pu o Hiro.

Ensure that you please leave cultural features exactly as you find them during your visit.

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All photographs ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

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