Humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa is a Hawaiian name meaning "triggerfish with a snout like a pig." Triggerfish have the remarkable ability to rapidly alter their coloration. They can fade into a relatively drab appearance when sleeping or demonstrating submission, while their coloration is often the most vivid when the fish are healthy and unthreatened by their surroundings. When fleeing from predators, the triggerfish will sometimes make grunting noises, possibly a call to warn other nearby triggerfish of danger. They are fairly aggressive and will generally not tolerate individuals in their general vicinity. The humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa is the official state fish of Hawaii and it is often said that "the name is longer than the fish."