A while back (that will vary depending on when you read this) I read a question on Q&A that was by MystyMadness. She was wondering if she should start a glossary/dictionary for the translation of American terms to English terms, vice versa... One answerer asked what a *shaka* gesture was... I had seen it and knew that I knew what it was but had never questioned it until then...
So, I switched over to another tab to google it, just to make sure it was what I thought it was... Well, I was right about the Hawaiian part! lol! I think I thought it was a dance, but I was certain it was Hawaiian...
Anyway, living on an island, *shaka* is pretty much a way of life for me... Almost everybody *shakas* rather than waves... So, when I read the Wikipedia page on it and realized what it was, I ultimately decided - with the input of my EPeeps from Q&A - to start ending all my posts, comments, answers, blogs and questions with *shaka*
LOL! When I posted the question about if I should do that, I signed 'Sunshine :D' at the end, and lookslikejesus totally called me on my "massive fail"...
I also seem to have gained a small *shaka* following, or fans or whatever you call it... Sometimes, someone will answer a question I ask, *shaka* :D I love it!
On one question I asked, I forgot to post the *shaka* and when I was looking through the answers, Bluesugarfox refused to answer the question based on the asker being an impostor as SunshineEddy signs her posts *shaka* Oh! That made me laugh in delight! I immediately edited my comment to thank bsf for helping me apprehend the impostor and of course signed it *shaka* People in "real life" don't pay that much attention to me and the things I say, so I really was giddy with that, lol!
So, I've been doing this for a short while now, but keep getting inquiries about what *shaka* is... I don't mind explaining it every time, but I did get the idea to post a story about it...So, here 'tis...Shaka sign From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search This article needs additional citations for verification.
Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (August 2007) The "shaka" sign is a common greeting in surfer culture.
The "shaka" sign is a common greeting gesture. It is often associated with Hawaii. It consists of extending the thumb and smallest finger while keeping the three middle fingers curled, and raising the hand as in salutation with the back of the hand facing the person that is being greeted; sometimes the hand is rotated back and forth to emphasize the sign.
Hawaiian locals use the shaka for various meanings, like "all right", "cool", "smooth", etc. Residents of states other than Hawaii who use the shaka may describe it as meaning "hang loose" and in California, the symbol itself is more commonly called the "hang loose" sign rather than the "Shaka" sign. It is also used to convey what locals in Hawai'i call the "Aloha Spirit," a gesture of friendship and understanding between the various ethnic cultures that reside within Hawai'i. It can also be used to signal a "hello", "goodbye", " 'till next time", "take care", "Alright!" In sign language, the shaka is one of the two signs used to refer to surfing.The shaka sign resembles the American Sign Language letter for Y.
The sign is often followed by waving as a greeting or acknowledgement. It can be used when driving as a signal of thanks to other drivers (for example, someone who stopped to let another driver onto the road from a driveway).
The shaka sign was popularized among locals in Hawaii through its use by second-hand car salesman, Lippy Espinda, in his television commercials which were broadcast throughout the state in the 1960s. It was adopted as a salutation of friendship by the local culture at large from then on. Origin
One theory according to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, prevailing local lore credited the gesture to Kalili Hamana of Laie, who lost the three middle fingers of his right hand while working at the Kahuku Sugar Mill. Hamana was then shifted to guarding the sugar train, and his all-clear wave of thumb and pinkie is said to have evolved over the years into the "shaka". This story is also told by the Polynesian Cultural Center. Pop culture sightings
The shaka sign was used as a campaign signal by Frank Fasi, a populist Honolulu politician of the 1970s and 1980s. Argentine football pla
Pro wrestler Crush used the shaka sign as part of his Hawaiian gimmick in the World Wrestling Federation from 1992-1993.
UFC Superstar Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell is usually seen using the shaka with his arms crossed either in front or over his head as he enters the octagon to show respect for his style of martial arts, Hawaiian Kempo Karate.
US President Barack Obama was seen making the shaka sign on his inauguration day. 
The University of South Carolina uses this symbol which is meant to represent a spur of their team mascot, Cocky.
Shane Victorino, the Hawaiian baseball pla
NASCAR Driver Kertus Davis gives the sign after every TV Interview and when posing in pictures. Kertus' logo on his website is the sign.