Kosrae is an island 370 miles north of the equator in the Pacific Ocean. The island was settled during the first millennium AD. The ruins that are visible today among the dense vegetation were built over 500 years go. Lelu Island was the capital of Kosraean society. The king and queen lived on Lelu Island and would hold large festive celebrations. The king would order the surrounding villages to prepare food and bring him supplies. If his subjects disobeyed his orders, the king would execute them.
One hundred or so ruins cover Lelu Island and nearby islets. The kings and high chiefs resided within the 20 foot tall walled compounds. Burial and spirit houses dedicated to the gods also filled the walled fortresses. The structures were built over hundreds of years out of multi-ton basalt prisms from across the island. How did they build these massive structures and why did they stop building them? Light it up!