Hawai'i Coral Reef Network

Hawaiian Uses

Myripristis spp. - Soldierfish - `` wav.gif (916 bytes)

Proverbs and Sayings: "Ua loa`a ka i`a `o ka ``" which means "the soldierfish have just been caught". This is said of someone who has a reason to sigh or grieve. This is a play on the word `, which means to sigh.

Interesting Stuff: The `` has a red coloration and a striped pattern. The red color, which represented royalty, was very important to Hawaiians. Also, the `` was believed to be an `aumakua or family god of the Hawaiians.



Last update: 1/25/2005