This hand signal, known in Hawaii as the 'shaka' sign, is frequently flashed as a greeting, or to signal "hang loose", "that's cool" or "right on!" Drivers, when given the right-of-way in a traffic situation, will often flash the shaka sign to the driver letting them in as a kind of non-verbal 'thank you'. Everyone, from the mayor of Honolulu to children on the beach, uses the shaka sign. And everyone develops their own style. Some simply display the sign as shown in the design above. others will wiggle the thumb and little finger while making the shaka sign. Then there are those who, while extending their thumb and little finger, turn the hand rapidly from side to side. Whatever the style, though, the message is clear, "Hang loose - you're in Hawaii!"
Reprinted from 1991. This graph has been created for your personal stitching enjoyment. Feel free to pass it on to your friends and family, but please do not reproduce it for sale in any form. Copyright by Frances L. Johnson Designs, 1991. Click here to download file.
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