Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii: Where The Shaka Was Invented

Outdoor displays of a long-gone sugar mill include a wooden statue of Hamana Kalili giving the shaka or "hang loose" hand sign, which he invented after the mill crushed his fingers.

Kahuku Sugar Mill

Address:
56-565 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, Oahu, HI
Directions:
Kahuku Sugar Mill. North side of the island, west edge of town. From HI-83/Kamehameha Hwy turn north at the gas station and flagpoles. You'll see the Sugar Mill displays straight ahead.
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Dawn-dusk Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Hamana Kalili giving the shaka sign.

Kahuku Sugar Mill

Driving King Kamehameha Highway around the north coast, I noticed this town with a sugar cane history. The carved statues out front tell the story.

[Clark W, 02/15/2020]

One of the statues is of Hamana Kalili giving the shaka, or "hang loose" hand sign, which he invented after having his three middle fingers crushed to pulp in the mill.


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