16
Nov
06

Humuhumunukunukuapua’a

Say it with me.
“Humu-humu nuku-nuku apoo aa-aa”

Try to say it as fast as possible! Hehe!

It’s actually Hawaiian. Grace Siromani taught me this phrase – humuhumunukunukuapua’a – right after she came back from her industrial training in Sea World, Hawaii… or was is Sea Park? [sorry Grace, can’t really remember the name].

It’s the name of a fish. And humuhumunukunukuapua’a ‘s name, after translating it to English, is ‘the little fish that looks like a pig’! The English name of the fish is the Hawaiian Triggerfish or Reef Triggerfish (Rhinecanthus rectangulus) It was the state fish of Hawaii long ago. Was, then wasn’t, and now it IS the state fish again. Many Hawaiians still assumed humuhumunukunukuapua’a as their state fish even when the state government didn’t.

Humuhumunukunukuapua’a isn’t indigenous to Hawaii. Humuhumunukunukuapua’a can be found in many places. But I guess the Hawaiians made humuhumunukunukuapua’a the state fish because is has a cute name.

Humuhumunukunukuapua'a
This is a picture of humuhumunukunukuapua’a. You can read more about the humuhumunukunukuapua’a here and Wikipedia

I love saying this phrase. Sounds cute and funny. And it gets people to look at me with a flabbergasted-‘huh?’ expression. I think I’m going to start greeting people with that phrase, instead of saying ‘hi’ or ‘hello’. Bwahahaha!

Humuhumunukunukuapua’a to you!

By the way, how many times was the name of the fish humuhumunukunukuapua’a mentioned?

Signing off,
the HAwaiian.

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3 Responses to “Humuhumunukunukuapua’a”


  1. November 20, 2006 at 9:49 am

    That is indeed an awsome looking fish. Looks a bit like “Dory”.

  2. 2 Grace Siromani
    November 22, 2006 at 5:03 pm

    Oi Andrew. You really like the name of that fish dont you. Either that or you bored as hell lah. hahahaha
    Anyway of all the ways to find out about your blog…… now this is an interesting story….
    i’m at the office, bored as hell sooo i decide to Google my name and low and behold look what the cat dragged in…….hahahaha
    humuhumunukunukuapua’a to all
    and Aloha of course
    God bless
    Grace
    ….Yes i’m the one who taught him that word

    iamyuanwu: I love the name. BTW, you really have got nothing to do wei… googling your own name.


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