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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

In Short, Humuhumu Nets Oodles of Support

· The humuhumunukunukuapuaa is about to become Hawaii's state fish again, thanks to a 6-year-old boy.

The little fish with the long name -- in Hawaii it's known as the humuhumu for short -- hasn't been the state fish since 1990. That's when the law that made it the state fish expired.

Most people in Hawaii didn't realize that the humuhumu, also known as the rectangular triggerfish (easier to pronounce but far less fun to say), was no longer the state fish.

But 6-year-old Joel Itomura knew, and he asked Blake Oshiro, a member of Hawaii's state legislature, to help restore the fish to its place of honor. Oshiro introduced a bill to make the humuhumunukunukuapuaa the state fish permanently.

The legislature passed the bill this week. Now it's up to Gov. Linda Lingle to sign the bill into law.

We know what you're really wondering: How do you say the name of the fish? Get ready to say it three times fast:

HOO-moo-HOO-moo-NOO-koo-NOO-koo-AH-poo-AH-ah.

The humuhumunukunukuapuaa isn't even the Hawaiian fish with the longest name. That honor goes to a long-nosed butterflyfish known as the lau-wiliwili-nukunuku-'oi'oi.

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