Humu-humu-nuku-nuku-a-pu’a’a. You may have seen this Hawaiian word on tourist shirts, hats and if you’re lucky enough, in the water. It’s the name of the official Hawaiian State fish and this tongue twister translates to, “triggerfish with a nose like a pig.” It’s a pugnacious little fish often seen in the shallows over a coral reef, where it finds protection and food. If you don’t know what to look for just search for the fish with blue lipstick! How do you see this fish? By looking! But, first you got to get there and there’s no better way to cruise to the beach in style than by renting a motorcycle or scooter from Aloha Motorsports. Put that snorkel set in your backpack, grab some reef friendly sunscreen or lycra cover up shirt and off you go! When you get there, it’s easy to find parking on a motorbike. Lay out that towel, spit in that mask and go look for the Humu-humu-nuku-nuku-a-pu’a’a or any of our other 455 Hawaiian reef fish.
You might have a hard time saying the name but it’s easy to find in the ocean.