Meet Ha‘uku‘uku‘ula‘ula the Red Pencil Urchin

Photo by Terry Lilley

Ha‘uku‘uku‘ula‘ula is the Hawaiian name for the red pencil urchin.

This brightly colored sea urchin has short, blunt spines that are not sharp and poisonous like other sea urchin species. They live all over our shallow coral reefs and come in colors from pink, red to reddish brown. They grow to about eight inches and on certain reefs like Koloa Landing in Kauai they can bee seen in large groups consisting of a dozen or more!