humuhumunukunukuapua'a


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hu·mu·hu·mu·nu·ku·nu·ku·a·pu·a'a

 (ho͞o′mo͞o-ho͞o′mo͞o-no͞o′ko͞o-no͞o′ko͞o-ä′po͞o-ä′ä′)
n. pl. humuhumunukunukuapua'a or hu·mu·hu·mu·nu·ku·nu·ku·a·pu·a'·as
Either of two triggerfishes, Rhinecanthus aculeatus or R. rectangulus, native to warm coastal waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

[Hawaiian humuhumu-nukunuku-ā-pua'a, trigger fish with a blunt snout like a pig's : humuhumu, small trigger fish (from reduplication of Proto-Polynesian *sumu, trigger fish) + nukunuku, small snout : reduplication of nuku, snout + ā, like + pua'a, pig.]
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They named it Humu after the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a, the state fish of Hawaii, where Crosby and Bock met, but also because of its similar sound to words like humor, humility and human.
So bright crisp white wines are always in season, says John Toigo, beverage manager and sommelier for the 150-seat restaurant Humuhumunukunukuapua'a at the 776-room Grand Wailea Resort.
Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, recently announced the completion of a renovation to its signature restaurant, the 25-year-old Humuhumunukunukuapua'a (Humuhumu, for short, named after Hawaii's colorful triggerfish).
Entire species of fish had vanished, and those that remained like Hawaii's tongue-twisting state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapua'a were sparse, barely a classroom's worth, let alone a school.
Entire species of fish had vanished, and those that remained - like Hawaii's tongue-twisting state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapua'a - were sparse, barely a classroom's worth, let alone a school.
I would have loved to visit Poipu Beach on the south shore, a popular area with world-class snorkelling, where you can see the endangered Hawaiian monk seals that sometimes sunbathe on shore or get an underwater glimpse at the state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapua'a.
So from living family to ancestors to guardians to kupua, shapeshifting ancestors who possess godly powers to morph from pua'a to kukui to humuhumunukunukuapua'a, state fish with pig like snout, we spin connections.
What does the sound of a word like 'Humuhumunukunukuapua'a' call to mind?
The five-night Maui Foursome + More Luxury Villas package features a grocery-stocked refrigerator upon arrival, a choice of two hours treatments at the Spa Grande or one round of golf per person, and a three-course group dinner at Humuhumunukunukuapua'a restaurant.
Named for the state fish of Hawaii, The Humuhumunukunukuapua'a Restaurant at the Grand Wailea Resort was the setting for dinner on the eve of the wedding honoring the couple.
Musical Numbers: "Countdown," "What Time Is It," "Fabulous," "Work This Out," "You Are the Music in Me," "Humuhumunukunukuapua'a," "I Don't Dance," "Gotta Go My Own Way," "Bet on It," "Every Day," "All for One."
The Reef Triggerfish is called humuhumunukunukuapua'a in Hawaiian.