Mr. Humu

If they were as big as their name, they’d be duck soup to catch. But actually, the humuhumunukunukuapuaa is no bigger than a minute. This is the little fishy whose name almost every visitor to Hawaii is able to pronounce, before going home.

The humuhumunukunukuapuaa is a little trigger fish and has an unusual pattern of blue, yellow and greenish-black bars and stripes all over. It is a common site to see throughout Polynesian waters. It’s so hard to catch because of it’s small mouth. the Hawaiians and other natives of the Islands find that the most successful way to land Mr. Humu in the chowder is to watch for him carefully among the rocks and scoop him up with a net when he attempts to flee. 

Design by Stanley Stubenberg