“Moai” Sightings

Moai sightings from around the globe! 


Diana Hammerlund recently visited the Rapa Nui Tiki Lounge and confirmed that it is indeed riva-riva!



Thanks to Andrew Soriano for submitting this moai sighting from the Rapa Nui Tiki Lounge in Bend, Oregon. They are generously donating a portion of sales from their tiki mugs to the Easter Island Foundation! Check them out at: rapanuitiki.com



Nicholas Hall came across this moai in his neighborhood in New Zealand. Constructed of metal, it appears to be a letter box!


Kay and Tom Sanger spotted this moai in a garden in Charlottestown, on Prince Edward Island in Canada.


Paul Bahn submitted this moai sighting from the Musee d’Aquitaine in Toulouse, where a surfing exhibition recently opened.

2019 Long Beach CA Aquarium

Joe Kaslowski sighted this moai at the Long Beach Aquarium in California.


Kay Sanger spotted this moai at the Best Western Aku Tiki in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Moai - Revesby (Sydney, Australia suburb)

While aboard a train, Lorenz Lasco spotted this moai mural in Revesby, a suburb of Sydney, Australia.

Moais at Manila stoneworks store

Lorenz Lasco sighted these moai at a stoneworks store in Manila, Philippines.


Nicholas Hall spotted these garden moai at Aldi in Canberra, Australia.


Antoinette and Veriamo spotted these retro moai on the It’s a Small World ride at Disneyland, Anaheim.

Easter Island Display

Anthony Colbourne sent this moai sighting from the Canadian Naval Yard containing Easter Island items collected by the Canadian Medical Expedition (METEI) in 1964-65. The display contains items presented to Commander C. Anthony Law by Fr. Sebastian Englert.


Carmen Beige sighted this moai in the Black Forest of Germany at a rest area in the little town of Triberg. “The red thing on top of the pukao is supposed to be a “Bollenhut” – a ladies hat topped with pom-poms. This hat is part of a traditional costume worn only in some areas of the Black Forest, but today it is a symbol for the Black Forest in general. The red colour indicates that the girl is not married.”


Carmen sighted these clay moai in the Black Forest, sitting on a shelf at a house.


Carmen sighted this moai “graffiti” shortly after moving to Berlin about 10 years ago; “I usually pass by on my way to work and it makes me smile every time”.

Orongo game

Oronogo game_back

Kathi Merritt discovered this Ravensburger game called Orongo at Purple Cow Toys in Astoria, Oregon! Object of the game: Be the first to build a moai!



The large moai above were carved by Jim Messina of Massachusetts from local white pine.

Andrea Seigling-Blohm and Gunter Blohm (with Dr Adrienne Kaeppler) spotted this colorful moai sunset panel at their favorite Chilean restaurant in Hannover, Germany.


Kirsten Kinney spotted this Easter Island-shaped ping pong table (for the Rapanuiphile who has everything)! It was created by French artist Cyprien Chabert.


For those who can’t make it to Rapa Nui, Rene Donaldson reports that the Caliente Tropics Hotel in Palm Springs, CA has an Easter Island theme.


J. Donald Hughes found this moai on a window in Salzburg, Austria, and provided the translation: Do you know how long I will look like this in the open air? (Billa Wonders of the Earth sticker-book).


The moai above was sighted by Mecki & Victoria Heussen in Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Part of an installation called Annunaki Watch (A Fire Inside), the moai was created by sculptor Matthew Welter of Timeless Sculptures for Burning Man 2013.

Antoinette and Veriamo spotted this wild print (by artist Daniel Samako) of Mickey Mouse on the Enchanted Tiki Island at WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney, Anaheim.

This dancing moai was spotted by Wayne Bernhardsen on a CD by Los Coronas, a Spanish surf rock band!

Nick Gow spotted this moai (image by Suzanne DeChillo, NY Times); the moai, created by Nathan Sawaya, is made of 75,450 Lego pieces and is part of an exhibit, Art of the Brick, at Discovery Times Square in New York!

This moai was spotted by Suzanne Williams at at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA, along with a classic VW Van with a small moai on the front.


Mark Oliver saw this moai gazing out of a third story window towards the Roman coliseum in Arles, France.

This moai was sighted in the Santiago de Chile Airport in 2011 by Norma Barbacci.

These moai snowmen were spotted by Gillian Brodie in Canada.

A “singing moai” was sighted by Barbara and Marks Hinton in Marble Falls, Texas. It is for sale ($12,500!).

This moai planter was sighted by William Adams in the small village of Newport in western Wales near Cardigan Bay.

This race car moai, complete with tangata manu designs, was by built Carter and Eric Hughes for the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby in Skillman, New Jersey (submitted by J. Donald Hughes).

This atrocious moai sighting was submitted by Hilary Scothorn, who happened upon the Rapanui-themed slot machine in a casino near Santa Fe, NM!

Above are two views of moai in a painted mural near the Colorado State campus, spotted by Dawn Wright.

This moai was sighted in a gift shop in Petaluma called HeeBee Jeebe by Mara Mulrooney.

Have you spotted a moai that you would like to share? To submit a sighting, please email your image to: books “at” islandheritage “dot” org.  Include your name, where the moai was sighted, and any other pertinent details.