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Hawaiian hand gesture. It has many meanings. Originally it means to "hang loose", or to chill and be laid back. It can be used as a positive reinforcement. If somebody did something good, cool, or righteous; You can give them a shaka as a sign of approval or praise. It can also be used as a welcome/goodbye sign. Most people would give the shaka as a sign of wassup or hello, use it as a way of saying goodbye, and even use it as a thank you.

To make a shaka:
1. make a fist (not a tight fist)
2. extend both your pinky and your thumb.
3. lightly shake your hand (too fast makes you like retarded or like a tourist, and too slow make you look stupid.)
4. If you don't want to do the shake, you are also able to do the "I'm tuff" motion. In a downward motion, move your hand. Giving a kind of downward wrist flick at the end. It gives you a more "i'm bad look". It's mainly used by old school Local boyz.
by darren December 22, 2003
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Originated in Hawaii-

Our great great grandfather Hamana Kalili invented it.

It all started with a bang. One afternoon he was down at Kane'ohe Bay tinkering with his fishing boat, as he often did. When the daily drizzle rolled in, he began to wrap up his project in a hurry and crossed two wires that should never have been crossed…BOOM! Old Grand-pappy blew his three middle fingers clear off—on both hands.

Once the smoked cleared, he hollered out, “Oooeee! That was quite a shaka. But, no worries, at least I still have my thumbs and pinkies.”

Soon after, Grand-pappy became a living legend for truly embodying the Aloha Spirit: Everything is gonna be alright, no matter what.

When locals passed him on the beach, they’d wave a friendly hello. Grand-pappy would smile and wave back—with only his thumb and pinky, of course. The locals soon followed suit and the shaka gesture was born.

So, whether you’re shacked in a deep barrel on a double overhead day at Trestles, or cruisin’ down PCH in your 1973 VW bus, be sure to flash a friendly shaka to your fellow Shaka People…and remember our great great grand-pappy Hamana.
To make a shaka:

1. make a fist (not a tight fist)

2. extend both your pinky and your thumb.

3. lightly shake your hand

Remember-only bust out the shaka when you are super stoked!
by Shaka-People July 14, 2013
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A Hawaiian greeting with thumb out, and pinky finger, as you shake it. Shows other people that you have been to, grew up, or know about Hawaii and how "cool" it is.
President Obama gave the Shaka sign at the inaugural parade. He is from Hawaii, he's my homey!
The camera man on the news gets people from the community to show the shaka sign, and you get to be on the evening news.
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Hawaiian Slang for a hand gesture.

Orgin: 60's Hawaii

its a hand gesture and its called shaka. and it means your cool!
make a fist and stick your pinky out and your thumb, twist your wrist back and forth. a hand gesture to tell another person he or she is cool for doing something.
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