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Humuhumunukunukuapua`a

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State Symbols Usa the state fish of Hawaii – the humuhumunukunukuapua’a.  If you see one when you’re on one of  our snorkel tours stay a little distance away as they get annoyed if you get in their grill.

Official State Fish of Hawaii

The Humuhumunukunukuapua`a (Rhinecanthus rectangulus) was designated the official state fish of Hawaii on a five-year trial basis in 1985. When the trial quietly lapsed in 1990, no action was taken to either reinstate it or designate a new species. It wasn’t until 2006 that notice was taken that Hawaii was without a state fish, and the Humuhumunukunukuapua`a was reinstated as the official state fish on a permanent basis.

The Humuhumunukunukuapua`a is also called the rectangular triggerfish, or Hawaiian triggerfish.

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