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The Language of Aloha at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Lauwiliwilinukunukuʻoiʻoi

Manako Tanaka

by , Disney Ambassador at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Lauwiliwilinukunukuʻoiʻoi means long-nosed butterflyfish.

As you may recall from my first blog post, I have a passion for ʻolelo Hawaiʻi, or the Hawaiian language. Today, in honor of Earth Month, I continue the series with a nature-related word that can be found in Aulani Resort’s Rainbow Reef. If you’re not familiar, Rainbow Reef is a 3,800 square foot private snorkeling lagoon that houses more than 1,000 fish, many of which can be found throughout the reefs of Hawai’i.

The Language of Aloha at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Lauwiliwilinukunukuʻoiʻoi

One fish you may meet when you come to visit is Hawai‘i’s state fish, the humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa, or triggerfish. However, if you thought that was the longest fish name in Hawaiʻi, you are a few letters short! The longest fish name is lauwiliwilinukunuku‘oi‘oi, totaling 25 letters! (In Hawaiian, we count the ‘okina, or glottal stop, as a letter as well.) When we break the name down, it tells us the fish is shaped like a lau wiliwili, or coral tree leaf, with a nukunukuʻoiʻoi, or long, pointy nose! In English, we call this the long-nosed butterflyfish.

On your next visit to Aulani, remember the words of Sebastian the crab: “Darling, it’s better down where it’s wetter, take it from me!” Enjoy a swim at Rainbow Reef, and be sure to greet the lauwiliwilinukunukuʻoiʻoi by name.

A hui hou, until we meet again!

Note: In printed materials, Aulani Resort uses the contemporary spelling of Hawaiian words, which includes marks such as the kahako (macron). Because these marks do not often display correctly in electronic formats, including the text of the Disney Parks Blog, we’ve omitted them to ensure clarity.

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  • We are trying to book a room but after many attempts to book on the web site and no reply to 3 emails I am feeling quite frustrated
    Please reply !!!
    Have stayed before and loved it !! Need to come back with my daughter .

  • Mahalo for this, Manako!! Very cool to see your article here and very informational! Aloha!

  • Absolutely my favorite thing to do while staying there….

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