‘It should be ours’: Shaka inches closer to becoming the official state gesture

Image credit: Project Shaka This rendering of a proposed shaka sculpture was rejected by a Honolulu office last year, but might be resurrected if a bill establishing the shaka as Hawaii's state gesture passes.

Mailani Makainai, great-great-granddaughter of Hamana Kalili, who is known as the father of shaka, flashes a shaka at her home on March 6 in Kaneohe, Oahu. (AP Photo/Mengshin Lin)

Lawmakers and Hawaii residents alike appear to be vibing with a proposal to make the shaka the official state gesture of Hawaii.