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Terri Farley
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Sunday, March 22, 2009

SHAKA now!

Here's a letter from a reader that led me to a fun photo:

Dear Terri Farley,
I was just reading Phantom Stallion Wild Horse Island #11 last night,
and I just can't remember what a shaka sign is. I looked through the
first books to try to find out, but I couldn't. So, my question is, how
do you make a shaka sign and what does it mean?

Cowgirl Up,

Show & tell time -- here's a famous Hawaiian showing the shaka sign.

How to do it
: make a fist with either hand. Extend the thumb and pinky while keeping the middle fingers curled under. Face your thumb and pinky away from you and give your shaka a shake.

What's a SHAKA mean?

It can be a symbol of the ALOHA SPIRIT -- a warmth and feeling of "we're all okay!" or a sign that says "all right", "cool", or just HI or BYE!

The photo shows President Obama flashing shakas to the Punahou School marching band as they played "Aloha Oe" in the inauguration parade. He was born in Honolulu in 1961, and attended Punahou from fifth grade to his graduation in 1979.

It's time for the hope, kindness& solidarity of this symbol ; start flashing!

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Comments: That's cool! Thanks for telling me how. I'm going to read #11 soon and now I'll know!
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