Meet ulapapa, the regal slipper lobster

  • Terry Lilley / Special to The Garden Island

    “Ula” means “red” in Hawaiian, the color of the cooked regal slipper lobster, known as “ulapapa.”

As a marine biologist I have been studying lobsters worldwide for over 30 years, and have seen species that only grow to three inches long and others that grow to three feet long. Lobsters come in many different colors and shapes, but they all turn red when they are cooked. This is why the Hawaiians named the lobster “ula,” which means “red.”