On the east side of the island is Rano Raraku, a volcanic crater that served as the moai quarry. Walking around Ranu Raraku there was something eerily magical in the air . Some of the statues were half carved, still firmly in the rockbed. Others were sticking out of the ground, waiting to be finished and dragged to their final locations.
I went several times, at sunrise and at sunset. The colors changed so drastically, from morning to night. And even as the sun went moved in & out of clouds.