Move Over Geico Gecko

As much as I love that little Geico gecko, he has to move over for these guys. In 2004 the Kapiolani Health Foundation put together a way to decorate Honolulu and draw attention to women’s health issues. It worked and it was the talk of the town for several months.

Geckos in Paradise, as it was called, was labeled “Hawaii’s first ever community outdoor art exhibition and charity fundraising event.” This all-over-town exhibit made its debut in October, National Breast Cancer awareness month.

For the most part these guys hang out with their sponsors, which are made up of Honolulu businesses, non-profits and individuals. Every once in a while, just like a gecko does, they appear where you least expect them. That’s when I try to grab a picture because they are so darn cute! This Bank of Hawaii sponsored gecko stayed at the beach for far too long before finding his way home!

I know these are way too many pictures but I have to include this patriotic gentlemen sponsored by, and living at, the Pacific Beach Hotel in Waikiki. Some nice person decided to make him a tourist and gave him a lei and a lauhala hat to wear. While picking my mother up one evening, he was just too much for me to pass up.

These reptiles are five feet long, made of fiberglass and have been individually painted by various local artists. The picture off to the left should give you some idea of size. This one looks like he is about to jump on the unsuspecting woman sitting quietly on a bench in Honolulu’s downtown business district. There are fifty of these colorful works of art, which is way too many for me to include here. So, I think you should go see all fifty of them for yourself!

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  • 1 Angel // Feb 8, 2007 at 8:24 am

    That is pretty cool! When I lived in Arizona we would get little gecko lizards in the house sometimes. I never minded them.. it was the bugs I hated.

    Anyway, around the city of Chicago there are lifesize cows painted up all differenlty just like the geckos. I don’t know what brought them around but they are placed all over the city and you can see them from time to time.

  • 2 WANTED! Dead or Alive! | Homespun Honolulu // Apr 8, 2007 at 9:05 am

    […] Isn’t he incredible?  No, he’s not a painted work of art like the Geckos in Paradise and he’s not in the zoo… he’s in your back yard!  He may be in paradise but he’s an uninvited and unwelcome guest.  This photo was taken by Richard Ling and the larger version can be seen at wikimedia.org.  […]

  • 3 Supreme Gecko // Jun 18, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Wow, as a gecko keeper, I find these colors to be unbelievable- in a good way.
    Really neat to see this.

  • 4 Evelyn // Jun 19, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Hello Supreme Gecko! Thanks for finding us and leaving a comment. Aren’t they cool?!? Some of the others are fun and they really are quite large. That makes them even more fun. 🙂

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