On an island in the Pacific somewhere there are trees that have very smooth but thick bark similar to beech, baobob, or fig trees (depending on what you're familiar with). They have been known to live for 600 to 800 years, but once they are more than a hundred the inner wood disintegrates and the trees become hollow.

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As long as the island has been inhabited the people there have lived in these hollow, but still living trees.

Inside, on the inner walls of the tree are deposits of sap or resin. This material dries to form a hard, glassy material with a slight bluish tinge. It gives the inside of the "house" a jewelled look.

From time to time, due to age or insect damage, openings form in the ceiling of the house. Since there's very little rain there's no reason to fix these holes and they perform the practical function of letting in light or letting out smoke from cooking fires.

There are no windows as we know them or even doors for that matter since the wood is extremely hard and difficult to cut through. Everything comes in or out through these holes in the ceiling. The native word for these natural chimneys or skylights is literally translated as "skyhole."

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