Army restricts use of shakas in Iraq – The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted On August 12, 2005
(Banning the Shaka? Somebody should cut that general’s fingers off…obviously he already lost his balls….cd)
Army restricts use of shakas in Iraq
By William Cole
Advertiser Military Writer
The thumb-and-pinkie salute, a ubiquitous symbol of pride, heritage and greeting in Hawai’i, was banned at Camp Victory guard stations after a National Guard soldier mistakenly flashed a shaka to a senior officer instead of a salute.
The officer — soldiers say it was a general — took umbrage, and gave the shaka the thumbs down.
The shaka ban, one of the first times Hawai’i culture has publicly bumped into regular-Army protocol in Iraq, is seen as humbug by local soldiers. Link to rest of story PLUS probable origin of the Shaka