Definitions

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  • noun A greeting gesture in which the thumb and little finger are extended while curling the three middle fingers in a semi-fist. Used to express a variety of positive meanings including "all right", "hello" and "goodbye".

Etymologies

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Origin uncertain. 'Shaka' is not a word or sound combination in the Hawaiian language.

Examples

  • "He was pointing out the Hawaiian flag on the carpet [in the White House], saying 'shaka' -- local boy," Mr. Obama said.

    Political Punch

  • He was pointing out the Hawaiian flag on the carpet in there, saying "shaka" -- local boy.

    The Phanatic Magazine

  • He was pointing out the Hawaiian flag on the carpet in there, saying "shaka" -- local boy.

    The Phanatic Magazine

  • "He was pointing out the Hawaiian flag on the carpet [in the White House], saying 'shaka' -- local boy," Mr. Obama said.

    Political Punch

  • (The logic of dubbing fried chicken pieces as "shaka shaka chicken" still eludes this gaijin.)

    McSushi

  • During the parade did you catch Obama flashing what's called the shaka sign?

    CNN Transcript Jan 21, 2009

  • During the parade, did you catch Obama flashing what's called the shaka sign?

    CNN Transcript Jan 22, 2009

  • At one point, Mr. Obama flashed a pinkie and thumb salute, known as a shaka sign, to the band from the Punahou School in Hawaii, his alma mater. google.

    Amygdala

  • According to www. to-hawaii.com, "the shaka is a simple yet powerful way to remind locals and visitors of the way people look out for each other on the islands and strive to spread aloha day in and day out, in keeping with the Hawaiian principle of malama i kekahi i kekahi, - take care of one, take care of all."

    Kentucky.com: Homepage

  • The Warriors then performed a shaka, which is a traditional Hawaiian greeting gesture.

    ESPN.com

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  • A Hawaiian hand gesture of greeting. Hand up, with index, middle and ring finger curled down leaving only the thumb and pinky pointing upwards in a Y-shape.

    June 12, 2009