Honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle)
Of the seven species of sea turtles found in the world, honu are most likely the only indigenous reptiles observed at Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park. Honu, like other sea turtles were hunted to an endangered status but are now a protected species and are recovering.
Mo'o (water spirit, reptile, lizard)
Don't be surprised if one of the first animals you see in the park is a gecko. Geckos have been in Hawaii since the Polynesians first arrived, likely as stowaways on the voyaging canoes. Five species of geckos occur in the park. Although two were originally described as endemic, it is currently believed that none of the terrestrial reptiles are native to Hawaii.
A Recent Arrival
Reptiles observed in the park:
Green Anole (Anolis carolinesis)
Did You Know?
Did you know that Bernice Pauahi Bishop planted one of the two historic coconut groves located in the Royal Grounds? As the story goes, the coconut grove was located in the area east of Keone‘ele Cove. The grove was planted sometime after Charles Bishop purchased the entire ahupua‘a of Hōnaunau in 1867 and subsequently gave it to Bernice as a gift. Historic testimonies indicate that men from surrounding area dug the holes and Bernice placed the nuts inside with her own hands. The coconut planting ceremony was then followed by a great feast.