Anakena is a white coral sand beach on Rapa Nui. Anakena has two ahus, Ahu-Ature has a single moai and Ahu Nao-Nao has seven, two of which are deteriorated. Anakena is one of only two small sandy beaches in an otherwise rocky coastline.
Modern archaeology has found signs of human settlement at Anakena as early as 1200 CE, though linguistic and other analysis indicates a range of dates for first settlement of Rapa Nui between 300 and 1200 CE.
According to island oral traditions, Anakena was the landing place of Hotu Matu'a, a Polynesian chief who led a two-canoe settlement party here and founded the first settlement on Rapa Nui.