Yet despite their speed they can't help displaying a clownish waddle in their tireless effort to pull their clinging feet free.
The geckos in Hawaii all belong to the family Gekkonidae and are mostly nocturnal.
They are the only lizards who are able to make sounds, other than hissing, and their name is a direct imitation of their nightly chatter.
Highly specialized toe pads covered with microscopically small suction cups allow geckos to run easily on smooth surfaces, such as glass, and ceilings.
One of them, the nocturnal tokay gecko is one of the largest gecko species in the world growing up to 14 inches.
It greedily feeds on mice and small birds, as well as other lizards, representing another danger for the older geckos.
The two battled, and the sound of hard-shelled cockroach wings being bashed against the ceiling by a graceful gecko, hardly larger in size, held me in awe. In the morning only a few hairy legs bore witness to the unpredictable laws of the jungle.
Not knowing anything about gecko mythology, I named geckos the guardians of my new home.
With an instinctive revulsion for cockroaches I developed great devotion for these small lizards of Hawaii.
It is also possible that eggs might have floated onto shore independently, even earlier perhaps, since the eggs are tolerant to salt water.
For centuries, those first geckos comprising four different species, thrived on the islands.