Hang Loose in Hawaii – Spreading Aloha With the Shaka
Even those who’ve never been on a Hawaiian vacation are familiar with the “Shaka”. Not everyone knows its official name but the “hang loose”, or “surfer” sign has become synonymous with Hawaii over the years.
The “Shaka” sign is made by making a fist, extending both the pinky and thumb, and then giving the hand just the slightest of shakes. Although it is most often associated with surf culture around the world, the true meaning of the “Shaka” runs much deeper.
Here in Hawaii, the “Shaka” represents many things and you will often see it used as a greeting or to signal praise or gratitude. In addition to these though, the true meaning of the “Shaka” is much more meaningful. In a nutshell, the “Shaka” is the non-verbal embodiment of the sprirt of Hawaii. Also known as the Aloha spirit, the spirit of Hawaii is an interconnectedness. It is the essence of love, peace and acceptance.
There’s no doubt that you’ll see the “shaka” everywhere in Hawaii, and the stories surrounding its origins are many. One legend attributes it to Hamana Kalili. Hamana lost some of his fingers in an accident at a local sugar mill and was subsequently given the responsibility of monitoring the sugar train. The “Shaka” symbol was his way of giving the all-clear that there were no train jumpers on-board. Another tale attributes the Shaka to the Spaniards who visited Hawaii and used the gesture to symbolize the sharing of a drink when communicating with the natives.
While the symbol’s true roots may remain a bit of a mystery, its meaning is well established. Here in Hawaii, we take our Aloha Spirit very seriously, and the “Shaka” symbol is just one of the many ways we share it with each other and with those who visit our beautiful state.
We had a wonderful time at Sail Away and I recommended Hawaii Hideaway to dozens of people. You were a delight to work with and I will definitely use you again the next time we rent a home in the islands.
Like a Dream
Bliss doesn’t even describe our experience. It was almost like a dream. We are ready to do this again with Hawaii Hideaways – you guys are the best. Everything was perfect!!!
Outstanding Experience From Beginning to End
It was in an outstanding experience from beginning to end, I would work with Hawaii hideaways again in the future unquestionably. Sunny Madeiros was terrific with her recommendations of everything from leisure activities to restaurants and even equipment rentals.
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Perfect Combination of Elegance and Comfort
First time to Maui (and Hawaii). This is a spectacular setting and the home is a perfect combination of elegance and comfort. I could stay on the lanai all day long and be happy. Of course there’s a ton of fun activities, but it was great to have Gull Cottage as our base to come back to!
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You’re Going to Want to Stay
Our family spent a splendid week in Kauai in early 2017, basing ourselves out of the Touching Green house. It’s in a great location, has everything you need, and is just lovely. The pictures don’t do it justice. You’re going to want to stay!
We had a wonderful time in Kauai! We remained in awe at the unimaginable beauty, both of the rental home, as well as Kauai itself. It will be a treasured memory for life. I hope we can come back and make more memories.