THIS FISH

Kole Tang

Species

Kole Tang

Ctenochaetus strigosus

The Kole Tang is a marine reef fish that lives in the Central and South Pacific. It is important in recreational and subsistence fishing, and is one of the most commonly speared fish in Waikiki. 

The Kole Tang has a brown color with light blue to yellow horizontal stripes over its body which change into spots towards the face. It also has a vividly yellow area surrounding the eye, sometimes leading to it being known as the yellow-eyed tang. Among native Hawaiians, the kole is particularly esteemed as luau fare due to its abundance and ease of capture. As with most surgeonfishes, this species is fried whole until crispy.


Kole Tang

Not much is known about the life cycle of the Kole Tang. Males mature at approximately 14.5 cm, and grow significantly larger than their female counterparts. 

Fishing Methods

Kole Tang Food Info