Thursday, October 10, 2013

Shaka

The "Shaka" or "Hang Loose" gesture is known pretty much worldwide and often associated with Hawaii and surf culture.  The origins of the gesture are subject to debate, ranging from pre-history China to 17th century Italy, but the most widely accepted version comes from Hamana Kalili (1882-1958) of La'ie, Hawaii.

As the story goes, Hamana was working on a sugar plantation on Oahu as a young man when he accidentally severed all three of his middle fingers, leaving only the thumb and pinkie.  Unable to work in the fields, he was put to work as a conductor guarding the sugar trains bound for Honolulu.  Children being, well, children would tease him and began imitating his 'all clear' wave to the train engineer.  In later life, Hamana became a legendary fisherman and would often be seen giving his two-fingered wave to passersby.

American Sailors in the late 1940's and Haole (white people from the mainland U.S.) surfers in the 1960's began to adopt the gesture.....and the rest is history.

Original Sketch by Eddie Holly
Original Commission by DarkVigilante
Colors by Phillipthe2

2 comments:

  1. Who says, the Internet's only good for porn. Excellent history!

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    1. Well, there's a little more to it....left out the part about him fundraising for the church of LDS.

      Quality(ish) pin-ups and story about religion are....uhhhh...yeah....it makes things a little weird.

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