Onaga, or Ruby Snapper, is named after its bright red appearance and has large eyes that allow it to live in the deep sea. It is better known by its Japanese name than Hawaiian name, ‘Ula‘ula koa‘e, which roughly translate as “the red fish with the tail of the Koa‘e bird”.
Tai Snapper is actually not a snapper at all. It is a pink sea bream, or porgy, in the Sparidae family. The snapper title, according to legend, was given to this fish mistakenly by renowned eighteenth century British navigator Captain James Cook.