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Rearview Mirror: Shaka’s origin evolves through the years as readers chime in

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                                David Sylva and Mayor Frank Fasi exchange shaka signs. Fasi used the shaka extensively in his campaigns, beginning in 1976.

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    David Sylva and Mayor Frank Fasi exchange shaka signs. Fasi used the shaka extensively in his campaigns, beginning in 1976.

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                                Lippy called himself the “Shaka Man.” Many agree he gave the thumb-and-pinkie wave the “shaka” name.

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    Lippy called himself the “Shaka Man.” Many agree he gave the thumb-and-pinkie wave the “shaka” name.

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                                President Barack Obama, top, waved shaka to the Punahou marching band at his 2009 inaugural parade. Some commentators thought he was telling them to “call me.”

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    President Barack Obama, top, waved shaka to the Punahou marching band at his 2009 inaugural parade. Some commentators thought he was telling them to “call me.”

On April 7 I wrote about the somewhat obscure history of that thumb-and-pinkie wave we call shaka. It brought in several interesting comments from readers. Here are some of them. Read more

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