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April 18, 2006

humuhumunukunukuapuaa

Topics: Hawaiian News

humuhumunukunukuapuaa.jpgAs a land-loving desert rat I was baffled by the name "humuhumunukunukuapuaa" and to this day remain unable to find the phonetic utterances for its pronunciation. As it turns out, the impressive triggerfish is native to the outer reefs of Hawaii and our friends off the coast of California plan to reinstate it as their state fish:

The humuhumunukunukuapuaa officially lost its title as the state fish more than a decade ago, but is set to reclaim the honor.

A bill reinstating the humuhumu passed the Legislature today and heads next to the office of Gov. Linda Lingle for a signature.

The little fish with the long name was deposed in 1990 by a clause in the law that gave it its crown, which made the measure expire after five years.


But few in the state were aware of the change and the fish, also known as the rectangular triggerfish or "humuhumu" for short, and it has continued to be touted as Hawai'i's state fish.

The measure is credited by its introducer, Rep. Blake Oshiro, to the 6-year-old son of a friend and constituent, Joel Itomura. It was Itomura who brought the lack of an official designation for the humuhumu to the attention of Oshiro, D-Aiea-Halawa.

Back to the fish's name, with practice the word will be rolling off your lips. Step one is to add it to your spell checker. Step two, repeat after me:

pronounce_it.jpg

HT: HarryTHO

Posted by tim at April 18, 2006 1:10 AM



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