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Shaka or Hang Loose?

Kaaawa, HI 96730, USA
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At the entrance to the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) after you walk through the Market Place you will see the statue of Hamana Kalili displaying the “Shaka” sign, or more commonly known as the “Hang Loose” sign. Hamana Kalili, born in 1882and passed in 1958, was a large and powerful Hawaiian man from the village of Laie on the island of Oahu. Kalili was the individual who created this sign, which is known as the “Shaka”. It is a sign made by extending you thumb and pinky finger with the other three fingers closed to your palm. The way Kalili created this well-known sign was literally by accident. Kalili lost the first three fingers of his right hand in an accident while he was working in the sugar cane factory. After the accident he was transferred to the sugar cane railroad where he used this gesture when the train was ready to move. Kalili’s co-workers started to copy this gesture and it spread like gang busters. The “Shaka” soon became and is still used today as a friendly gesture meaning, hello, how is it going, okay, how are you, hang loose and I’m sure it means a lot more. It later became known also as the “Hang Loose” sign.
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