What is Hawaii’s State Fish? Humuhumunukunukuapua’a


imageThe name of Hawaii’s state fish sure is a mouthful to pronounce as it is 21 letters long.  This fish is the humuhumunukunukuapuaa. Here are some interesting tidbits about the humuhumunukunukuapuaa:

  • This Hawaiian fish with a long name is pronounced“who moo who moo new coo new coo ah poo ah ah”
  • The name means “trigger fish with a snout like a pig.“
  • It was chosen as Hawaii’s state fish in 1984 by a public survey. School children were instrumental in campaigning for the humuhumunukunukuapuaa. When the humuhumunukunukuapuaa was first selected as the state fish, lawmakers only made this designation official for five years. So, for a period of over a decade, the humuhumunukunukuapuaa lost its reign as the state fish, but in 2006 the fish was signed back into its “oFISHal” state title.
  • It is not unique to Hawaii, but it is endemic to the waters around the central and south Pacific islands.
  • It is not a fish people commonly eat.

Oh, and one more exceptionally interesting fact about the humuhumunukunukuapuaa – apparently they can talk. 😉 Don’t believe me? Well, here’s my proof with this great educational video on Hawaii reef etiquette that is “narrated” by a humuhumunukunukuapuaa:

 

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3 comments
  1. i am doing a report on this and got great facts thanks!!!!

  2. I am doing a science report on the triggerfish and these where the best facts yet!!!!!! Thanks a lot!!!!!

  3. Whitney Skarphol says:

    Correction on what Humuhumunukunukuapua’a means: it means, stitched together snout like a pig. That is what the locals said when I went to Hawaii.

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