Rep. Blake Oshiro of Hawaii was shocked - shocked! - to find out that the humuhumunukunukuapuaa or humuhumu for short, is no longer the official state fish.
In 1984 the state Legislature asked the University of Hawaii and the Waikiki Aquarium to survey the public and come up with a candidate for the state fish. The humuhumu was swept into the spot in part through the support of school children who learned of the campaign through classroom projects.
Although the issue of the state fish would seem to come with little controversy, the method used to poll the public was questioned and lawmakers limited the designation to five years.
No one told the public that the humuhumu's reign was over, so few knew anything had changed.