Hawaii Declares ‘Shaka’ Its Official State Hand Gesture

July 15, 2024 |
Reported by Grace Olson
Flash a closed hand with the thumb and pinkie sticking out, and every Hawaii resident knows what it means.

Used by everyone from kids to elders, the “shaka” represents aloha spirit, love and local pride. And now, following the passage of a bill during the 2024 Hawaii legislative session, it’s poised to become the state’s official hand gesture, making Hawaii the first state in the U.S. to have an official hand sign.

The bill passed unanimously in both chambers, and Hawaii Gov. Josh Green is expected to sign it into law before the end of June.

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