Alohacash $10 Oahu – Humuhumnukunukuapua’a

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The Hawaiian state fish – called the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a – is a small, colorful fish found everywhere in the warm Hawaiian coastal waters. It’s in the trigger fish family, and is noted for it’s bright markings and humorous behavior, like emitting strange grunting noises when feeling threatened.

“The reef, rectangular, or wedge-tail trigger fish, also known by its Hawaiian name……..Humuhumunukunukuapua’a or just humuhumu for short; meaning “trigger fish with a snout like a pig.” is one of several species of trigger fish. Classified as Rhinecanthus rectangulus, it is endemic to the salt water coasts of various central and south Pacific Ocean islands. It is often asserted that theHawaiian name is one of the longest words in the Hawaiian language and that “the name is longer than the fish.””

– Wikipedia

We chose the Humuhumu as one of the icons of Alohacash to embody the many unique, colorful aspects of life here in Hawaii. Drawn against a flowing design background, symbolizing the waters in which it lives, the Humuhumu is drawn on the $10 denomination of Alohacash dedicated to the Island of Oahu, the other side depicting Duke Kahanamoku, the legendary surfer.