The Humuhumunukunukuapua'a, Hawaiian Triggerfish, has one of the longest names in the Hawaiian language. Translated it loosely means triggerfish with pig snout. They are known as a triggerfish due to their ability to blow water and sand out of their mouths to unearth tasty treats in the sand or within the crevices of the Hawaiian reef. The Humuhumu has become our state fish here in Hawaii, and he is easier to spot than to name. His bright colors will fade when sleeping and when the Humuhumu wishes to be submissive. Otherwise this celebrity fish flashes his colorful garb while holding court among the little fish surrounding the Hawaiian Islands.
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.