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"Sock Gloves" Fight Sun's Rays, Leave Middle Fingers Free
"Sunlight can be very intense in Hawaii and this frequently causes skin damage. I've developed the concept of ęshaka' gloves and have been using them for several years. It's a simple way to protect the back of your hands, which are particularly susceptible because they're frequently exposed to direct sun. Many people would rather wear gloves than put on sun tan lotions, but they cover up your fingers so you lose dexterity," says Bernie Kratky of Hilo, Hawaii.
  Shaka gloves are made by cutting a worn-out sock into two pieces. The heel-to-toe piece becomes a tube with elastic at the upper part. The closed toe section of the sock is cut off from the heel-to-toe piece. You now have two short cloth tubes.
  Two small holes 180? apart are cut into one end of each tube. The tube is then drawn over your hand. The thumb and little finger conveniently fit into each of the holes to hold the glove in place. It keeps your gloves in place but leaves your fingers free. The fabric covering the palm of your hand can act as a cushion when using a wrench or shovel. You get two shaka gloves from each sock.  Kratky points out that Shaka is a Hawaiian term for a friendly greeting where the thumb and little finger are raised and the middle three fingers clenched.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bernie Kratky, University of Hawaii, CTAHR Beaumont Agricultural Research Center, 461 W. Lanikaula St., Hilo, Hawaii 96720 (ph 808 974-4105; E-mail: kratky@hawaii.edu).

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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #4