This Hawaii tradition has always meant "no worries" everything here is and will always be good no matter what happens. Used as a greeting or gesture, usually conveying tones of love, family, friend, aloha, togetherness, rightousness, thankful, greatful, blessed, supreme karma. Given freely without anything expected in return, and always from the heart.
According to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, prevailing local lore credits the hand gesture to Hamana Kalili of Laie, who lost the three middle fingers of his right hand while working at the Kahuku Sugar Mill. Kalili was then shifted to guarding the sugar train, and his 'all-clear' wave evolved into the Shaka. The late Lippy Espinda, a used car salesman and Oahu based entertainer, has also been named as a possible creator of the shaka. Espinda, who frequently appeared as an extra in the original Hawaii 5-0 as well as The Brady Bunch episodes shot in Hawaii, used the term and the sign during his television ads in the '60s. In Surfing Mag. May p. 34 1986 "Some old-time Japanese residents in Hawaii say ‘shaka’ dates back to the 1880s, means ‘Praise the Lord,’ and was used when someone did something good.
Hand sculpted by Spencer Fujimoto.
Also available in solid 14k or 10k gold, or .925 sterling silver in our 'Lux Collection' or rhodium plated brass in our 'Standard Collection'
Measurements - 3/4 in. x 1/3 in.
Metal - gold plated brass
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