Your Art in the Movie

SUBMIT SHAKA ART

If You Love Hawai‘i, This Project is For You!

The public, both in and outside Hawai‘i, is invited in this project by submitting artwork for possible inclusion in the film and/or in promotions. We call this “Democratized Filmmaking.” Our goal: involve as many Hawai‘i people and fans as possible to share the power of the Shaka. A variety of categories ranging from K-12 classroom challenges to adult professional challenges have been created. Design briefs are provided on this page.

 

Example Art Project

What You Get

The film’s creative team will select submitted art to appear in the film and/or in promotions. All published authors will get a personal end credit in the movie and epic bragging rights.

Parental Consent (students less than 13 years old)

Art by children under the age of 13 years old may only be submitted by legal guardians such as parents. Such guardians will be required to consent to the publication of their respective children’s art and names.

How to Submit

Create Shaka art and submit between April 1 and September 30, 2021.

You must submit art files with the following File Naming Convention (each submission must have a unique title): Lastname_Firstname_Category_Title, eg. “Lastname_Firstname_Animation_My-Favorite-Shaka”

Submissions lacking file naming requirements as noted above will not be eligible for inclusion.

Please fill out the form below. Upon clicking “Submit”, you will be taken to a separate page to upload files of up to 1GB.

The Shaka Map
Over the course of the last year, we have interviewed Kupuna with first-hand accounts of Tutu Hamana, Shakyamuni experts and surf culture / extreme sports enthusiasts. Their stories reveal multi-cultural values that hold the secrets to peace, harmony, fulfillment, happiness and love. These meanings, values and virtues are mapped as follows:

Shaka Meanings Map Poster

 

Slogans

Fun Kine: Ono from “Oh No!”; Crackseed, no Wise Crack; Kahuku Kine; Spam is my Jam; Hang Loose fo’ Hang Ten; Love from La‘ie; Chee-Hoo no Boo-Hoo!; Right On Kini Popo!; Slippahs fo’ No Slip Up!; For a “Honu” World; Made with Mahalo; Da Kine for Da Kine; To Shake, or Not to Shaka…

Positivity & Hope: Something from Nothing; Grace from Grit; Success by Sharing; Epic from Extreme; Paradise from Positivity; Happiness from Hope; Can from No Can; Greatness from Giving; Heaven from Hardship; Aloha for All; Nirvana from Nature; Thrive through Thanks, A Lot from a Little, Paradise Means Plenty.

Mottos & Cameos: The Power of Aloha; Fear Not, It’s OK, Go For It!; Share the Shaka; Share the Aloha, Happiness by Hamana, Be a Part of Hawai‘i History, Join Our Shaka Ohana, If You Love Hawai‘i, Join Us; Shake Up the World, Join Our Group!; Cameo Anyone? Join Us!

Submission Categories

Sticker Designs

Shaka the Movie Sticker | Shakathemovie.comSend us your coolest Shaka-themed sticker designs using our official Shaka Logo or any design of your own. Selected concepts will be produced for sale on this website to help promote the film.

Post to your designs using hashtag #ShakaShots to increase your chances of being discovered. We will pull photos, videos and comments on this hashtag to the official website. Make sure to follow this project on Facebook and Instagram.

Official Shaka Film Logo: get logo art here »

Our Favorite Fonts: the Shaka story is about Hawai‘i and plantation life (from the field worker’s standpoint). That’s why we use fonts called: Gin, HermanoAlto Chisel, and Tiki Island.

If Your Submission is Used: You get end credits in the movie and epic bragging rights.

Submissions Close: September 30, 2021

T-Shirt Designs

Shaka the Movie T-ShirtSend us your coolest Shaka-themed t-shirt designs using our official Shaka Logo or any design of your own. Selected concepts will be produced in batches to help promote the film.

Post to your designs using hashtag #ShakaShots to increase your chances of being discovered. We will pull photos, videos and comments on this hashtag to the official website. Make sure to follow this project on Facebook and Instagram.

Official Shaka Film Logo: get logo art here »

Our Favorite Fonts: the Shaka story is about Hawai‘i and plantation life (from the field worker’s standpoint). That’s why we use fonts called: Gin, HermanoAlto Chisel, and Tiki Island. 

If Your Submission is Used: You get end credits in the movie and epic bragging rights.

Submissions Close: September 30, 2021

Animations (Hand-drawn & computer)

Create Shaka-inspired animations that may be used in the movie and/or social media. The challenge is open to interpretation. Some examples include animating different types of Shakas, turning the Shaka into an animated character, or animating the word. Different methods are geared toward different ages and skill levels. View this tutorial on animation techniques.

2-Frame Giffies: Paper method is suitable for all ages, especially elementary/middle school students. Digital method is suitable for students who have access to computers/tablets and are comfortable with some drawing or animation software, such as Scratch or Flipaclip.

  • Photograph or scan the 2-Frame Paper Animation. Crop both images into a square and ensure the two images line with each other using a phone camera/app, scanner, or computer software.
  • 2160×2160 resolution preferred (square aspect ratio). 1080×1080 minimum resolution.
  • Create a GIF using software or a website of your choice. GIFmaker.me is a free and simple online GIF creator. Click the following link for preferred specs and quick instructions. 
  • No longer than 1.5 seconds (not including the continuous looping portion). Most “2-Frame” animations will look best as 1 second animations (2 frames per second, 0.5 seconds per frame, or 500 milliseconds per frame), which will be looped continuously.

Animated Loops: Geared towards High School students and older who are already somewhat familiar with animation and drawing, as well as animation software.

  • Looping animations preferred. (The last frame of the animation seamlessly flows into the first frame of the animation.)
  • 1GB maximum file size.
  • 2160×2160 resolution (square aspect ratio). 1080×1080 minimum resolution.
  • ProRes 422 HQ format preferred. H.264 .mov or H.264 .mp4 accepted.
  • Animation must be 1.5 seconds (36 frames at 23.976 fps or 24 fps). Animations can be created with a reduced frame rate look if desired. Such as “animating on 2s” (double frames) so a 24 fps animation appears as a 12 fps animation. Any frame rate “look” is accepted as long as the actual final export is 23.976 fps or 24 fps.
  • Sound effects are welcome but not required. Audio levels shouldn’t peak any higher than 0 dB.

Post to your designs using hashtag #ShakaShots to increase your chances of being discovered. We will pull photos, videos and comments on this hashtag to the official website. Make sure to follow this project on Facebook and Instagram.

Official Shaka Film Logo: get logo art here »

Our Favorite Fonts:the Shaka story is about Hawai‘i and plantation life (from the field worker’s standpoint). That’s why we use fonts called: Gin, HermanoAlto Chisel, and Tiki Island. 

If Your Submission is Used: You get end credits in the movie and epic bragging rights.

Submissions Close: September 30, 2021

Videos (shakas, cameos, art b-roll)

To be considered for inclusion in the final film, your submission must meet the minimum specs detailed below. If you aren’t sure you can capture video in high enough quality, a still image is preferred.

Video Specs.

  • 1GB maximum file size.
  • 4k video preferred (1080p minimum resolution).
  • Film in landscape aspect ratio (hold phone sideways when recording).
  • Frame rate should be 23.98 or 24 fps. Slow motion frame rates such as 48 or 60 fps are acceptable.

Image Themes

  1. Shaka Cameos (one second video) – Show us your best Shakas from around the world. If you are in an interesting place, first take a wide video or picture, so that we can get a sense of where you are (ie. if you are at the Eiffel Tower, make sure we can see it behind you), then take a closer shot that clearly shows your face and the Shaka. Submit both images. We even challenge you to get a cameo with a celebrity!
  2. The Shaka is used as a symbol on signs and in media. Send us videos of all the Shakas you find in the wild (ie. on the back of TheBus, on a digital construction sign, etc.).
  3. Shaka Giffies (one second looping videos).
  4. Feeling adventurous? There are many situations where throwing a Shaka is part of the experience like jumping off a rock cliff into the ocean, charging into water with your surfboard and then getting barreled by a big wave, reaching the top of a mountain after a tough climb, or standing on the podium after winning a race. If you are able to capture any moment that is thrilling, or beautiful, or where you felt accomplished, and you throw a Shaka while doing it, we’ll be excited to see it and may use it in the film’s montages or social media to showcase how the positive power of the Shaka is present in these exciting moments in our lives. 

Post to your content using hashtag #ShakaShots to increase your chances of being discovered. We will pull photos, videos and comments on this hashtag to the official website. Make sure to follow this project on Facebook and Instagram.

Official Shaka Film Logo: get logo art here »

Our Favorite Fonts:the Shaka story is about Hawai‘i and plantation life (from the field worker’s standpoint). That’s why we use fonts called: Gin, HermanoAlto Chisel, and Tiki Island. 

If Your Submission is Used: You get end credits in the movie and epic bragging rights.

Submissions Close: September 30, 2021

Shaka Photos

To be considered for inclusion in the final film, your submission must meet the minimum specs detailed below.

Photography Specs.

  • JPEG, PNG, TIFF format preferred
  • 1920×1080 minimum resolution

Image Themes

  1. Shaka Cameos (one second video or stills) – Show us your best Shakas from around the world. If you are in an interesting place, first take a wide picture, so that we can get a sense of where you are (ie. if you are at the Eiffel Tower, make sure we can see it behind you), then take a closer shot that clearly shows your face and the Shaka. Submit both images. We even challenge you to get a cameo with a celebrity!
  2. The Shaka is used as a symbol on signs and in media. Send us pictures of all the Shakas you find in the wild (ie. on the back of TheBus, on a digital construction sign, etc.).
  3. Feeling adventurous? There are many situations where throwing a Shaka is part of the experience like jumping off a rock cliff into the ocean, charging into water with your surfboard and then getting barreled by a big wave, reaching the top of a mountain after a tough climb, or standing on the podium after winning a race. If you are able to capture any moment that is thrilling, or beautiful, or where you felt accomplished, and you throw a Shaka while doing it, we’ll be excited to see it and may use it in the film’s montages or social media to showcase how the positive power of the Shaka is present in these exciting moments in our lives. 

Post to your content using hashtag #ShakaShots to increase your chances of being discovered. We will pull photos, videos and comments on this hashtag to the official website. Make sure to follow this project on Facebook and Instagram.

Official Shaka Film Logo: get logo art here »

If Your Submission is Used: You get end credits in the movie and epic bragging rights.

Submissions Close: September 30, 2021

3D Print Products

Send us your coolest Shaka-themed product designs using our official Shaka Logo or any design of your own. Selected concepts will be produced in batches to help promote the film.

Post to your designs using hashtag #ShakaShots to increase your chances of being discovered. We will pull photos, videos and comments on this hashtag to the official website. Make sure to follow this project on Facebook and Instagram.

Official Shaka Film Logo: get logo art here »

Our Favorite Fonts:the Shaka story is about Hawai‘i and plantation life (from the field worker’s standpoint). That’s why we use fonts called: Gin, HermanoAlto Chisel, and Tiki Island. 

If Your Submission is Used: You get end credits in the movie and epic bragging rights.

Submissions Close: September 30, 2021

Friendship Jewelry

Send us your coolest Shaka-themed friendship bracelet or jewelry designs using our official Shaka Logo or any design of your own. Selected concepts will be produced in batches to help promote the film.

Post to your designs using hashtag #ShakaShots to increase your chances of being discovered. We will pull photos, videos and comments on this hashtag to the official website. Make sure to follow this project on Facebook and Instagram.

Official Shaka Film Logo: get logo art here »

Our Favorite Fonts:the Shaka story is about Hawai‘i and plantation life (from the field worker’s standpoint). That’s why we use fonts called: Gin, HermanoAlto Chisel, and Tiki Island. 

If Your Submission is Used: You get end credits in the movie and epic bragging rights.

Submissions Close: September 30, 2021

Wood & Laser Cut Products

Send us your coolest Shaka-themed wood or laser cut product designs using our official Shaka Logo or any design of your own. Selected concepts will be produced in batches to help promote the film.

Post to your designs using hashtag #ShakaShots to increase your chances of being discovered. We will pull photos, videos and comments on this hashtag to the official website. Make sure to follow this project on Facebook and Instagram.

Official Shaka Film Logo: get logo art here »

Our Favorite Fonts:the Shaka story is about Hawai‘i and plantation life (from the field worker’s standpoint). That’s why we use fonts called: Gin, HermanoAlto Chisel, and Tiki Island. 

If Your Submission is Used: You get end credits in the movie and epic bragging rights.

Submissions Close: September 30, 2021

Story Summary

IN TODAY’S TROUBLED TIMES, what can Hawaiʻi offer the world? Shaka, the Power of Mana is an educational documentary on one man’s handicap that became the global symbol of fearless living, positive thinking and the aloha spirit. He was also the ecologist of his time, teaching villages sustainability lessons that are still relevant today. Intended for distribution through classrooms and beyond, this project is a call to serve one’s community through connection, collaboration, cooperation and contribution to create positive outcomes despite challenging circumstances and trying times.

An Untold Story
The Shaka, a gesture in which the thumb and pinky finger are extended from a closed fist, has come to represent Hawaiʻi’s Aloha Spirit. It’s often used as a hello, goodbye or gesture of approval. And it’s emblematic of the “Fear not, go for it” attitude of surf culture and extreme sports. While known as a gesture the world over, the origin and deeper meanings of the Shaka remain a mystery for most, even in Hawai’i.

Preserving Oral History
Theories on the origin of the Shaka abound, with the leading story pointing to Laʻie, Hawai’i, circa 1910. Chronicled by the Star Advertiser newspaper, a plantation worker named Hamana Kalili suffered an accident at the Kahuku Sugar Mill on the island of Oahu. Upon recovering, he was reassigned to be a security guard to the company train that ran from Sunset Beach to Kaneohe. Hamana’s new job was to wave off train jumpers, mostly kids trying to eat sugarcane or ride to town. Lookouts soon took to waving a fingerless “go for it” signal that mimicked three fingers Hamana had lost in the accident. Despite his handicap, Hamana went on to become the master fisherman of Laʻie, an important leadership role responsible for feeding the people yet ensuring the sustainability of fish life in the reef. To our Kupuna today, Tutu Hamana was the Kupuna of Kupuna.

Buddhist Backstory
Interestingly, the Shaka was not called “Shaka” until some time in the late 1960s. For decades it was known as “Hamana DA” and later, “Right on Okini Popo!” (meaning “Right on the ball!”). Oral history from former Okinawan plantation workers reveal that the word “Shaka” derives from the Japanese Shakyamuni, aka “Shaka Buddha,” whose hand gestures (mudra) are one raised hand meaning “fear not,” and the other with tucked fingers symbolizing acceptance and salvation interpreted as “It’s OK, go for it.” This meaning and other “one with the universe” meanings of Buddhism were embraced by surfers who added a “Hang Loose” slogan and sent the gesture around the world.

A Century of Cultural Layers
After the 1960s, the Shaka continued to grow and evolve with individuals like Lippy Espinda, a Hawaii Five-0 actor and Honolulu car salesman popularizing the hand gesture on TV and  Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasi adding a shaking motion to the Shaka during “wave sign” campaign season. Later, during Fasi’s tenure as Mayor, at the behest of Laʻie Shaka activist Marilyn Fonoimoana, Fasi dedicated a “Tutu Hamana Day.” In the 1970s, the surf community was instrumental in building the Shaka’s global recognition by adding a “Hang Loose” slogan that celebrated the Shaka’s adventurousness, risk/reward and happy-go-lucky themes. And for decades, local comedians have performed hilarious sets that leverage the Shaka while KHON TV has always ended their sign off with a Shaka montage of local residents sharing the Aloha Spirit.

The rich history and multiple contextual uses of the Shaka make for many types of Shakas. For example, while townies and tourists may shake Shakas, local drivers may use the horizontal over-the-dashboard Okini Popo version to thank other drivers, football players will flash a low Shaka in a Heisman Trophy-like stance (the Kahuku High School Football Team Shaka), and Laie rʻesidents will insist the only true way is a strong bicep-flexing right hand gesture (gesturing like a strong fisherman with a damaged right hand).

A Melting Pot of Truths
Like many documentaries, Shaka the Power of Mana is a quest to discover essential truths. In the end, audiences will come away with a deeper understanding of the complexities and nuances that make Shaka a symbol that embodies the spirit of Hamana Kalili: his role as village fisherman (the ecologist of the reef), his inspiring and giving nature, optimism in the face of difficulties and fearless go-for-it attitude ~ all of which are essential to a full, rich and joyful life.

Shaka, the Power of Mana also explores themes around life spirit, risk/reward, and the definition of true success. Essential interviewee questions include, what drives you to risk it all? How do you feel when you’ve succeeded in the face of danger? What is success to you? What does the Aloha Spirit mean to you? What does the Shaka mean and can you show us your best Shaka?

In an age of acidic politics and social strife, cultures around the world would do well to learn and apply the secrets of the Shaka.

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