Nālehia caught his first Pāpio yesterday. The Pāpio or Pāpiopio is the young stage of growth of Ulua.
Ulua are certain species of crevalle, jack, or pompano, an important food item. Ulua aukea, ulua ʻeleʻele, and paʻopaʻo are some varieties.
The growth stages are: Pāpiopio, Pāʻūʻū, and Ulua.
The ulua can grow to be over five feet long and weigh as much as 200 lbs.
This fish was substituted for human sacrifices, probably because the word magic [hoʻopiopio] and the meaning of Ulua, which is the same as ulu, to grow, increase, protect, etc.
Since an ulua replaces a man, ulua also means ‘man, sweetheart,’ especially in love songs.
In mele, ulua has been used as such,
ʻAʻole nō wau i mahuʻi mua, e lilo ana ʻoe i ulua naʻu. (song)
[I never thought before that you'd be my sweetheart.] A figurative use of the word is,
Huki i ka Ulua or Get your Man!