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Hawaii's State Fish: Humuhumunukunukuapua'a
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Hawaii’s official state fish is the humuhumunukunukuapua‘a. Try saying that three times fast, or just once at a normal speed. The state fish is actually non-native to Hawaii, but is cherished as if it were.

Humuhumu, “to stitch pieces together,” describes the geometric patterns of this unique triggerfish. Nukunukuapua‘a, “nose like a pig’s,” describes its distinct facial feature, as well as the grunting sound it makes when threatened.

Also commonly called the Picasso Triggerfish for its unique geometrical pattern, the humuhumunukunukuapua‘a wasn’t exactly a shoo-in for Hawaii’s aquatic representative. Read More

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