Humuhumu-Nukunuku-Apua'a - Reef Triggerfish

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This Hawaii state fish is a mouth full.

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The Rhinecanthus rectangulus also know as the Humuhumu-nukunuku-apua'a is the state fish of Hawaii, not to be confused Maui's Humuhumunukunukuapua'a restaurant. The name only looks intimidating. It is pronounced hoo moo hoo moo noo koo noo koo ah poo ah ah. Just say it a few times and you'll sound like a pro. Or, just call it the humu-humu like everyone else does.


The humu-humu is a reef triggerfish. It's front teeth and top lip are blue and the teeth are set close together kind of like a beaver. If you are underwater and close enough to a humu-humu when it is eating you can actually hear their teeth scraping on the rocks. It makes a very interesting crunching sound.


They can be aggressive, so don't get too close. Like all wildlife please keep a safe distance and be respectful. You are merely a visitor in their home. If you love the Humu-humu as much as we do, check out these Humu Dangle Earrings.
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I learned how to say the full name two years ago when we were in Maui. Since then, I have wowed many of people by being able to say it. We were in a trivia game this year at the duck tour, and they question was to pronounce this fish. We buzzed in first and my brother told the moderator that I would be answering this question. After saying the name, the tour all turned around and applauded.
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