The Hawaii State Fish: Humuhumumunukunukuapua’a

Many people go on vacation to enjoy the local marine life—whale watching, trout fishing, or looking for starfish on the beach. When you visit Hawaii, you can discover a sea creature with a much more unusual name. The Humuhumumunukunukuapua’a is a tropical reef fish native to Hawaii. In fact, it’s the official Hawaii state fish. Discover Hawaii Tours can help you discover more about its amazing name, its characteristics, and where you can see it.

What Is This Mysterious Fish?

The name Humuhumumunukunukuapua’a is a Hawaiian word meaning “triggerfish with a pig-like snout.” The triggerfish is a common tropical fish living in the warm salt water of the Pacific Ocean. This particular species of triggerfish is known for its bright coloring, its stubby mouth, and its ability to spew large jets of water while hunting for food along Hawaii’s coral reefs. Its beautiful gold and red colors become even brighter when the fish senses danger in the water.

Where Can You Go to See One?

If you enjoy snorkeling and exploring the warm Pacific waters, this fish will be easy to meet. It loves to spend time on the coral reefs, where it can feed in the friendly surroundings and hide itself in small crevices. You don’t have to go deep into the water to encounter one of these brightly colored Hawaiian charmers. It can swim very quickly, though—before you’ve said its name, it may be out of sight again.

Hawaii’s Official Fish Since 1985

The Humuhumumunukunukuapua’a was first declared the official state fish of Hawaii in 1985 and was permanently given this honor in 2006. Now it is one of the most fun and popular symbols of island culture. Bars and restaurants are even named after it. Ask a local to help you pronounce the name! To learn more about this Hawaii fish, call Discover Hawaii Tours today at 808-670-3743.

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