THE MARAE OF THE LAND FARE-’AITO
The marae, located on the land Fare-’aito (house of warriors), is one of the best
preserved marae in the valley.
According to oral tradition, it was built after the victory of the ari’i of Ha’apiti (the
Mārama), over those of ’Ōpūnohu (the ’Āti-ro’o), in the middle of the XVIIth century.
Its name Fare-’aito means “harbouring the warriors”.
Since the marae is located next to the two archery platforms, it can be assumed that the worship of Paruā-te-tāva’e, god of archers, was celebrated there.
The enclosing wall, with double facing, delineates a rectangular paved courtyard
containing five ’ōfa’i turu’i (backrests) and thirteen ’ōfa’i ti’a (upright stones).
The facing of the ahu includes coral blocks. The even facing of the enclosing wall is
Two adjacent marae lie next to it.