Undoubtedly, the moai kavakava is one of the most characteristic figures of rapa nui crafts. Formerly carved in toromiro wood, almost extinct tree and in the process of recovery, but other types of wood are currently used.
The shape of these carvings is always the same with small variations: a skeletal male figure with sunken belly and prominent ribs, which is precisely what the word rapanui “Kava Kava” means. The trunk is long and the limbs short with small feet. The face is sharp, with thin cheeks and aquiline profile and usually ends in a small beard. It has long and pointed ears and the eyes appear very open with expression of horror and are made of bone and obsidian. Some have high reliefs on the skull, others have a kind of helmet or hat and sometimes appear adorned with human hair.