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the shaka .. why do we all have to be so HAWAIIAN?

The Shaka.

This, apparently, is how the Hawaiians hold a lei in their fingers before placing it around somebody’s neck. It’s a tourist / girly thing. Flowers hula and strained poi. Now we have Eddie Rothman coming out of a nightclub in the arms of the local riot squad and he’s giving the Shaka to the Hawaii News reporter standing outside. Tourists get Shaka’d with the garlands at the airport, football teams west of Kyogle throw Shakas everytime they score.

shakin' baby

Obama Shakas Netanyahu, Assad Shakas Ahmedinajad – google has 9,800,300 images of the Shaka and it only took 22 secs to gather them all in.

Babies falling out of the womb give a Shaka before they hit the concrete, honeymooners lay on Shakas everytime the moment arrives. It’s all slap slap SHAKA!!

– and surfers, there’s Mr. K Slater being ferried up off the beach through a forest of Shakas – brokers in the NY stock exchange use the gesture every time they manage to rip some more funds off one of their clients.

So what’s so cool about a combination of a thumbs up and a tea drinker’s upraised pinky – perhaps the  Shaka could be substituted for green sweaters on on the campus, that’s the day the gay community flag each other. Let’s meet.

Thursdays in America I believe. Probably every day in the UK, and not ever in Australia.

It’s ok to be gay – that’s what the Shaka could be.

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. davo's liver #

    We’re gonna need Mark to chime in here as he is an expert in both the shaka and everything gay.

    March 29, 2012
  2. D’oh!! So THAT’s a Shaka!? I thought it was the new Masonic handshake!! The boys down the Lodge must be killing themselves. I’m so GAY….

    March 29, 2012
  3. I’m quite partial to the peace sign myself, can’t quite get my fingers around the Shaka, so your theory must be true. 🙂

    March 30, 2012
    • Rubbing noses will never make it – but that’s only because kiwis never take their hands out of their pockets

      March 31, 2012
  4. SjH #

    i just give the forks to everyone sometimes with a smile sometime without , if thats not way ozzy cool then ya can fuck off ..

    Ta maaaate , dont mind me as i drop in …FORKs .. as i slide of down the line

    April 1, 2012
    • I dunno where it comes from SjH – but there is an uncanny reminder in your words here of a legend early realsurf blogger from Japan who renounced all that was good and wholesome and pursued the paired devils of sarcasm and black wit. Name of Stuey. Good lad. Missed.

      April 1, 2012
  5. SjH #

    “forks “

    April 2, 2012
  6. Jp #

    Among circles I frequent the Shaka denotes a standard unit of measurement. Similar to the cubit, very useful in relaying tales of barrel depth

    April 2, 2012

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