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 the noni tree was brought to Hawai'i by the early Polynesian settlers and was used as a medicinal tonic to treat digestive problems. Today, noni juice can be purchased in many health food stores throughout the country.