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 the game of kōnane is similar to checkers in the way the game pieces are moved, but is similar to chess in that the person who makes the last move wins the game? Chiefs would sometimes settle disputes by playing this game.