Lahilahi Webb on gestures, 1938.

Come in! Mrs. Lahilahi Webb like all Hawaiians is friendly. To wave you in, the hand begins with a half-hearted blackshirt salute, then moves toward the body in a downward motion from the wrist.

Gestures Louder Than Words for Hawaiians

By EUGENE BURNS

Days agone, King Kalakaua, so the story goes, was invited to San Francisco. The Mary Monarch did not want to take a tattle-tale retainer along, so he took a deaf mute. Continue reading