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Children's LiteratureThe Hawaiian Islands are a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean. There are eight major islands and over a hundred smaller ones. Many of the animals that live there are unique to those islands. Common to Hawaii but found other places as well are the triggerfish, humpback whale, and the Hawaiian green sea turtle. The triggerfish is the unofficial fish of Hawaii and known by it's Hawaiian name humu-humu-nuku-nuku-apua 'a. Humpback whales swim both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Thousands of these whales spend October to April in Hawaii. These giants are bigger than a school bus but thrive on tiny sea animals and plants called plankton. The Hawaiian name for the green sea turtle is honu. They are the largest hard-shelled sea turtles in the world. The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the animals unique to the islands. They can dive to depths of up to 500 feet in their search for food. The t'iwi is a Hawaiian songbird. It has a hooked beak designed for drinking nectar from flowers. This series, "Regional Wild America," is well illustrated with photographs. 2005, Thomson Gale, Ages 6 to 10.