Easter Island or Rapa Nui ("Big Rapa") is an island posession of Chile in the south Pacific. This easternmost edge of Polynesia is located 3,600 km or 2,237 miles west of continental Chile and 2,075 km or 1,290 miles east of Pitcairn Island. That makes it one of the most isolated inhabited islands in the world.
The island is approximately triangular in shape, with an area of 163.6 km² (63 sq. miles), and a population of 3,791 (2002 census), 3,304 of which live in the capital of Hanga Roa. Easter is made up of three volcanoes: Poike, Rano Kau and Terevaka. The island is famous for its numerous moai, the stone statues now located along the coastlines. Administratively, it is a province (containing a single municipality) of the Chilean Valparaíso Region.