What is an Ulua?
Known in other parts of the world as a Giant Trevally or GT, the Ulua is the prize fish of Hawaiian shoreline fishermen. The term Ulua refers to a Trevally 10lbs or more, if it’s 9.9lbs or less than it’s called a Papio. The species of jacks that are commonly caught in Hawaiian waters by shoreline fishermen are: Giant Trevally (White Ulua), Black Trevally (Black Ulua), Bluefin Trevally (Omilu), Mirror Trevally (Kagami), Island Jack (Yellow Spot) and Golden Trevally ( (Pa’opa’o).
1. n. Certain species of crevalle, jack, or pompano, an important game fish and food item. Cf. ulua aukea, ulua ʻeleʻele, and paʻopaʻo. Unidentified ulua are qualified by the terms kaha uli, kihikihi (or kihi or huli pū), lā uli, mahai, mohaʻi (AP), nuku momi, uli. Growth stages are pāpio (or pāpiopio), pāʻūū, and ulua, the last attaining a length of 1.5 m and a weight of over 45 kilos. This fish was substituted for human sacrifices when the latter were not available, probably because of word magic and the meaning of ulua 2. Since an ulua replaces a man, ulua also means “man, sweetheart,” especially in love songs.