urgent: SHAKA - definition wanted

urgent: SHAKA - definition wanted

Post by Bruce Speddi » Fri, 11 Oct 1996 04:00:00


As far as I know, in windsurfing/surfing circles the shaka is where you hold
up your hand with the thumb and little finger extended.

Is this correct? What does it mean? Is it polite? Is it culturally acceptable?

I ask because I did a search (Alta Vista) and found that it is basically an
African term, I am thinking of naming a shopping area in my new web site the
SHAKA SHACk

any comments?

tia
Bruce

Bruce Spedding, Programming, HTML, Electronics
NZL 81 - Multisail/Tiga, NZWA Windsurf Instructor,
WINDSURF N.Z., SURF N.Z. and NDT WWW Guides

56 Pembroke Road, Northland, Wellington, New Zealand.
Ph 64+4+475-9236 Fax 64+4+475-6135

 
 
 

urgent: SHAKA - definition wanted

Post by Tim Diera » Fri, 11 Oct 1996 04:00:00

"Hang Loose"

---
Timothy A. Dierauf, PE
Solar Energy Applications Laboratory
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Colorado State University

 
 
 

urgent: SHAKA - definition wanted

Post by Craig Goud » Fri, 11 Oct 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>As far as I know, in windsurfing/surfing circles the shaka is where you hold
>up your hand with the thumb and little finger extended.

>Is this correct? What does it mean? Is it polite? Is it culturally acceptable?

>I ask because I did a search (Alta Vista) and found that it is basically an
>African term, I am thinking of naming a shopping area in my new web site the
>SHAKA SHACk

>any comments?

I don't think it's African, I think it's Hawaiian.  It's current meaning
is pretty broad, but "take it easy" is probably close.  It can be used
as a greeting, a fairwell, an exclamation of happiness or good feeling.
I think literally it came from the easy breezy, feeling one get's with
out clothes or underwear, ergo "Hang Loose" (the Hawaiian meaning).

Quote:

>tia
>Bruce

>Bruce Spedding, Programming, HTML, Electronics
>NZL 81 - Multisail/Tiga, NZWA Windsurf Instructor,
>WINDSURF N.Z., SURF N.Z. and NDT WWW Guides

>56 Pembroke Road, Northland, Wellington, New Zealand.
>Ph 64+4+475-9236 Fax 64+4+475-6135

Craig (Go Short or Go Home) Goudie 6'3" 175 LBS.  Usually sail
the high desert lakes of Utah on: 9'4" Starboards Course Slalom,
Gem 8'10" Course Slalom, Cross M Gorge Bump, and Hot Awols.

 
 
 

urgent: SHAKA - definition wanted

Post by Walter Clar » Fri, 11 Oct 1996 04:00:00

The only reference I have:

Shaka, c.1787-1828, founder of the Zulu empire. He became (1816) chief
of the Zulu clan. After strengthening the army and turning the Zulus
into a powerful military nation, he was feared throughout SE Africa. His
half-brothers, claiming that he was insane, ***ed him.

The Concise Columbia Encyclopedia is licensed from Columbia University
Press. Copyright ? 1995 by Columbia University Press. All rights
reserved.

I sort of think the shaka sign surfers and windsurfers use is of
Hawaiian origin.  Not sure of the exact meaning but I take it as meaning
"hang loose".

Walter

 
 
 

urgent: SHAKA - definition wanted

Post by NLW TFW » Sat, 12 Oct 1996 04:00:00

\m/
Never Leave Wind To Find Wind

 
 
 

urgent: SHAKA - definition wanted

Post by Pete Cresswe » Sun, 13 Oct 1996 04:00:00


Spedding) :

Quote:
>As far as I know, in windsurfing/surfing circles the shaka is where you hold
>up your hand with the thumb and little finger extended.

>Is this correct? What does it mean? Is it polite? Is it culturally acceptable?

The windsurfing version is Hawaiian.   Dunno if any similar hand
sign exists elsewhere.

It's a friendly
greeting/acknowledgement-of-another's-existance/I'm-feeling-fine-you're-looking-good
sort of the opposite of the "finger"...

Used to get it every once--in-awhile when riding my 10-speed -
either up to the top of an extremely steep and winding mountain
road on Oahu or when sprinting against cars at 35+...

This was a *very* long time ago.

 
 
 

urgent: SHAKA - definition wanted

Post by Goddard/Franci » Mon, 14 Oct 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> I don't think it's African, I think it's Hawaiian.  It's current meaning
> is pretty broad, but "take it easy" is probably close.  It can be used
> as a greeting, a fairwell, an exclamation of happiness or good feeling.
> I think literally it came from the easy breezy, feeling one get's with
> out clothes or underwear, ergo "Hang Loose" (the Hawaiian meaning).

This is an excellent definition. Let's not get too literal.

\ooo/

 
 
 

urgent: SHAKA - definition wanted

Post by Bruce Speddi » Tue, 15 Oct 1996 04:00:00

Thanks to all the responses to this enquiry, my intention was not clear to
some. Basically I wanted to know the origin and meaning of the word and the
sign to ensure that I would not be offending anyone (culturally or otherwise)
by using it as part of a commercial name. This could occure if (a) the
name/sign had an offensive meaning or (b) either had a culturally significant
meaning which would be in contradiction to my intended use. Long winded eh?

Basicially I had thought of using the term Shaka Shack for an online
surf/windsurf site, I have now decided to go for (in the interim) wiNZurf
warehouse.

watch for www.wiNZurf.co.nz in the future

regards
Bruce

Bruce Spedding, Programming, HTML, Electronics
NZL 81 - Multisail/Tiga, NZWA Windsurf Instructor,
WINDSURF N.Z., SURF N.Z. and NDT WWW Guides

56 Pembroke Road, Northland, Wellington, New Zealand.
Ph 64+4+475-9236 Fax 64+4+475-6135

 
 
 

urgent: SHAKA - definition wanted

Post by Xtrspor » Thu, 17 Oct 1996 04:00:00

Bruce,

I'd stick with Shaka Shack. It has a more universal translation and can be
identified my more groups of people than simply windsurfers. If you find
in a few years that you want to break into the surfwear, inline or other
adrenaline oriented sports, you'll have a much easier time getting them to
identify with your store and product mix. Also, you might be treading a
little too closely to others in the industry who's name isn't spelled like
yours but sounds very similar... Windsurfing warehouse, windsurfing
webhouse..... The last thing you need is to have your business do very
well only to have someone challenge your name and have to change it.

Regardless, I wish you great luck in the new venture...

Skip

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