Origin uncertain. Shaka is not a word in the Hawaiian language, which lacks the /ʃ/ sound.
shaka (plural shakas)
- A greeting gesture in which the thumb and little finger are extended while curling the three middle fingers in a semi-fist. Used to express a variety of positive meanings including "all right", "hello" and "goodbye".
- 2008 August 10, “Obama: At Home in the Islands”, in New York Times:
- Greet someone with the slang, “Howzit?” and say goodbye with a flash of the “shaka” sign (fist closed, thumb and pinky extended) and you have established your credibility with Hawaii natives.
- 2008 December 27, photo caption, Reuters:
- US President-elect Obama flashes the 'shaka' before he greets a crowd […]
- Associated with Hawaii and with sports such as surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and skydiving.
- Rōmaji transcription of
shaka f (Latin spelling)
- joke (thing said to amuse)
-shāka (infinitive gushāka, perfective -shātse)
Audio (Kenya) (file)
shaka? class 1a (plural boshaka class 2a)
This noun needs an inflection-table template.