‘Ama’ama, giclee print by Carol Araki Wyban.
ʻAmaʻama are striped mullet 12 inches in size. ‘Ama’ama are succulent and tender. These fish are commonly grown in fishponds and were savored by royal Ali’i. There are seven different size names for this species in Hawaiian language. Most common names are pua’ama, fingerlings, kahahā, 6 inches, ‘ama’ama, 8 to 12 inches and ‘anae over 12 inches. They are efficient herbivores and eat low on the food chain. ʻAmaʻama appear in legends, songs and poetical sayings of Hawaiʻi.
Dimensions: Image 14″ x 11″; Framed 14.5″ x 11.5″
This giclee print is part of the collection of Fish Common to Lokoea:
All fishponds have a complex ecosystem. These are just a few of the fish grown in Lokoea. We ate heartily of all the fish, crab, and shrimp, except for ʻoʻopu, which are sacred to Volcano goddess Pele.
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