Hand Gestures—Local Style!




 

The shaka is a ubiquitous hand gesture that has become closely associated with the Aloha Spirit. It is a symbol that communicates understanding and fellowship and used to say hello, thank you, take care, goodbye, and most often, as a general expression of the laidback local lifestyle. Impossible to miss, this popular hand motion is made by simply extending your pinky finger and thumb, while curling the middle three fingers inward toward the palm. Extend the hand and motion as if waving. In traditional sign language, the gesture is one way to signify surfing, which coincides with some theories that it originated among surfers to signal waters free of sharks or that “everything’s all right.” When in Hawai‘i, don’t be surprised to see the shaka in everyday use—it has become a gesture that truly encompasses the spirit of the islands.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Digital Magazines

Edit ModuleShow Tags

EVENTS

March 2019

Today

  • Sun
  • Mon
  • Tue
  • Wed
  • Thu
  • Fri
  • Sat
24 25 26 27 28 01 02
03 04 05 06 07 08 09
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 01 02 03 04 05 06

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles