The species isn't extinct, only the Hawaiian Islands population (which is bad enough), is that right?
I've read the linked article above, concerning the "extinction" of the Azure-tailed Skink in Hawaii. The article also refers to the species as "native to the Hawaiian Islands". They are neither extinct nor native. Other than sea turtles and Sea Snakes, there are no indigenous reptile species in the Hawaiian Islands. Many would like to believe that Emoia traversed large expanses of the Pacific en route to Hawaii via 'land rafts.' This assertion is not only dubious, but IMO blatantly false. Though it does illustrate the damage that invasive sp. can cause in a fragile island ecosystem, this 'victim' is in fact an invasive itself. The first description of Emoia impar in Hawaii was in 1901. Most likely introduced as 'hitchhikers' in non-native plant shipments from Southern Polynesia.
Native Hawaiians, myself included, have strong cultural and religious attachments to lizards. The gecko in particular (specifically Lepidodactylus lugubrious (Mourning Gecko) ). These geckos were introduced to Hawaii by Polynesian voyagers centuries ago, and are one of the only species in Hawaii which could be described as indigenous... even that would be stretching the designation of 'indigenous' or 'native'.