Hamana Kalili had his three middle fingers cut off in the Sugar mill. Then when they started doing the Hukilau at the beach for tourists to raise $$ to build a new chapel, Hamana dressed up as King Kamehameha and they did a hukilau. He would wave at the tourists with his right hand and since he was missing his middle fingers it turned into the sign we have today. He would also chase the keiki around saying “sharka gonna get ya” meaning the shark was going to get them and he would chase them with his two fingered hand. Most of the Kupuna in Laie say this is where the phrase “shaka” came from. Now the entire world, even our President, throw the Shaka and have no idea of its origin…A 6″5 290lb Mormon Hawaiian with an even bigger heart!! I love the history of our home and love teaching my kids how their ancestors lived and loved this Earth that we are allowed to inhabit.
People got mad at the artist who carved the shaka because he had no middle fingers and it was his right hand not his left like shown above. the girls were trying to give attitude and I caught it at the wrong moment.
This event reassured me as to how much I love living in this place that respects the Family, the Land, the Ocean and all life forms that live here with us. There is a great sense of Ohana that exists nowhere else on the planet and I am so blessed, grateful and humbled that I am allowed to raise my children with these high moral standards with people that we love so dearly!