Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Shaka

Howzit brah?, hang loose, au-rite, cool, take care, goodbye, hello, 'til next time are some of the meanings of this totally Hawaiian gesture.  Don't be offended if someone bro's down the shaka, you're being extended a little aloha (friendship) from da locals.
Malama i kekahi i kekahi:  take care of one, take care of all.

Getting the "Y" right takes some practice.  Since it's a very "in" thing to do, get it right before you land so you put it into action behind the wheel where you'll notice it used all the time. It's another form of thank you. Most Hawaiian drivers are extremely polite, never tailgate, timidly merge and hardly ever honk.

The orgins are many. Most credit a foreman of the Dole Pineapple Cannery who lost his three middle fingers on the job.  After losing his job he became a security guard on the Sunset Beach, Oahu sugar train where the all-clear signal was communicated by a wave. Mr. Kalili's thumb/pinkie method is now universal - check out our Pres flashing the sign.