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Rapa Nui Umu

Rapa Nui Umu

Rapa Nui stole my heart. I always deeply fall in love with the people who identify themselves with their culture, and this was one of those experiences. The people at Explora Rapa Nui demonstrated Rapa Nui umu, a traditional earth oven. This photo was right after we uncovered the dirt, showing banana leaves that’s been covering the food. The smell of the first steam from the ground is something that I can’t forget for a long time. It was a quite spiritual experience, like mana went through my heart. It made a beautiful dent in my heart. Remember, “We can never have too much banana leaves.”

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for travel and storytelling. She traveled the world as an award-winning travel blogger and photographer, witnessing the everyday life of different cultures. Currently based in Anchorage, Alaska and exploring this amazing Last Frontier. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Instagram .


  1. K says:

    “We can never have too much banana leaves,” may become a mantra for my life. 🙂

  2. Andrew says:

    where is this? Great way to cook! 🙂

  3. rublie tt says:

    Cooking in the ground, sound very interesting to say the least 🙂

    What did you cook?

  4. Penny says:

    Cooking food in the ground is so primal … love it!

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