Hawaii State Fish


Humuhumunukunukuapua`a fish in Hawaii

Humuhumunukunukuapua`a in Hanauma Bay, Hawaii; photo by randychiu on Flickr (use permitted with attribution). 


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 it was realized that Hawaii was without a state fish, and the Humuhumunukunukuapua`a was reinstated on a permanent basis.

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



Hawaii's state fish. Kona coast, Big Island, Hawaii.