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Off Track: The Origin of the Shaka

September 12, 2020

From the Hawaiian Airlines website

Every night at the close of the KHON News, there is footage of people flashing shaka signs as the closing credits roll. The background music is Kaliponi Slack Key by Keola & Kapona Beamer.

“Hang loose,” “Right on,” “Thank you,” “Things are great,” “Take it easy” – in Hawaii, the shaka sign expresses all those friendly messages and more. As kamaaina know, to make the shaka, you curl your three middle fingers while extending your thumb and baby finger. For emphasis, quickly turn your hand back and forth with your knuckles facing outward.

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Related:
An earlier Retiree News post about the Shaka

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