Meet lauwiliwili the Milletseed Butterflyfish

This six inch long bright yellow fish is Hawaii’s most abundant butterflyfish. On the deep water ledges on the island of Ni’ihau there are schools of over 1,000 milletseed butterflyfish and diving with them is like being in a yellow snow storm.

Meet nohu the devil scorpion-fish

You do not want to step on this foot long fish here in Hawaii as it could send you to the hospital! What is so amazing is that very few people get stung by the devil scorpionfish even though I have seen people step right next to one sitting camouflaged right on top of the reef.

Meet the beautiful Kauai yellow antler coral

Antler corals in Hawaii are one of the most beautiful coral species that can grow to about three foot tall and are usually brown, golden or green colored but in one location in Kauai they are bright yellow.

Meet the rock-mover wrasse, the fish that looks like seaweed

The rock-mover wrasse grows to be 12 inches long, but the babies look more like a piece of limu (seaweed) than a fish. The two-inch-long baby rock-movers have branching fins that grow out from their body, resembling the seaweed that grows on the reef.

Meet the Hawaiian cleaner wrasse “the fish dentist”

Do you know that the fish here in Hawai‘i go to the dentist on a regular basis to have their teeth cleaned? From large sharks to young yellow tangs, they all get free dental work, but they must go to the dentist’s office. We call their office a “cleaning station,” and the dentist is a Hawaiian cleaner wrasse.

Meet the colorful feather duster worm

We have some very crazy looking marine worms that grow out on our Hawaiian coral reefs and this one looks like the old feather duster hand broom that your grandmother used to clean the house with that was made from turkey feathers!

Meet ‘awela the Christmas Wrasse

Almost all snorkelers here in Hawai‘i have seen this extremely colorful fish on our shallow-water coral reefs, but few have ever seen one up close because they never stay still.

Meet mano the Grey Reef Shark

This eight-foot-long, 300-pound shark is quite rare in the main Hawaiian Islands, but there are a pair of them that live in Hanalei Bay. They are more common around the islands of Ni‘ihau and Molokini, and they tend to be territorial.

Meet the Hawaiian Reef Rose

While diving or snorkeling on a Hawaiian reef one may see what looks like a bright-red, four-inch-wide rose growing on the bare lava rocks.

Meet the gilded triggerfish

Hawaiian trigger-fish are made famous by our common, shallow-water, wedge-tail trigger-fish known as humuhumu-nukunukuapua‘a, but we have another, less-known Hawaiian trigger-fish that does not even have a Hawaiian name.