Shaka inches closer to becoming official state gesture

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Moriyama City students Nagi Matsuyama, Misaki Iguchi and Shotaro Hayashi need little encouragement to break out the shaka on Thursday, March 28, 2024, during A Day of Aloha at the Kaua‘i Museum. Local coordinator Art Umezu said Iwaki City in Japan recently adopted legislation marking Jan. 31 as Shaka Day or Shaka Brudda Day because of the shaka sign’s 1-3 (knuckles)-1 designation.

HILO, Hawai‘i — Lawmakers and Hawai‘i residents alike appear to be vibing with a proposal to make the shaka the official state gesture of Hawai‘i.