Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Shaka - from Hawaii

Everytime I take a picture, I do the shaka. Most times. Some people give out the peace sign, the nasty sign, or the "I love you" sign. Many of my friends and students have been asking what it is. It's great to explain what it is, especially because its meaning is so significant and has a lot of good values.

Since I grew up in Hawaii, I do the shaka. It means "how's it going," "what's up," "hang loose," or "right on." Simply put, it is a cultural statement meaning "aloha" and that everything is going to be all right.

Some of my friends and students here in the Philippines are now using the shaka to take pictures. It beats the overused peace sign, doesn't it?
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