Scholars of the prehistoric cultural process on Easter Island know that Easter Island's ahu (ceremonial centers) show that, through time, a sudden major change took place in the architecture of its religious structures. This implies rather strongly that either a societal revolution or a religious revolution took place, or perhaps both. Revolutions in religion are not uncommon in the world, but often are themselves a result of chaos caused by other outside factors. If debate can be resisted over that, in Polynesia, Hawai'i had a revolution in its religion post-contact, but pre-missionary era.
Love, Charles M.
"The Context and Structure of Ahu Kihikihi Rau Mea,"
Rapa Nui Journal: Journal of the Easter Island Foundation: Vol. 14
, Article 1.
Available at: https://kahualike.manoa.hawaii.edu/rnj/vol14/iss1/1