Articles

Although digital technology and access is changing the use of our written world, we were proud to start our communication through the Journal. This wonderful “printed” blog approach came mostly from the editorial direction and pen of Scott Skinner, Ali Fujino, and our man in the field, Ben Ruhe. From years of Journal publications, we changed the format to be not a few individuals' view but to have individuals of the kite community use their own words to bring forth something innovative and exciting about the world of kites. Enter the current edited version of Discourse by Katie Davis, Scott Skinner, and Ali Fujino. Below are archived articles from both the Journal and Discourse.

Most Recent Articles

  • Is This the Earliest? There is no evidence that natives of the Western Hemisphere knew about kites or kite-flying when Christopher Columbus arrived in 1492. But Columbus had read about Marco Polo’s travels, which included a discussion of kites, and it is possible some of his sailors had been exposed to them on their voyages to the Middle East. However, there is no substantial evidence of any kiting activity in North or Central America until the 1700s. This excludes Hawaii, which is considered Polynesian.
  • The demise of Kite Lines is the end of an era. For many years, the publication was about the only voice of kiting. It was a window on what was going on worldwide, the only place you could learn about people doing interesting things in kiting. It plumbed a variety of kite customs and kite lore around the globe.
  • After 24 years and 50 issues, Kite Lines magazine has ceased publication. Publisher and editor Valerie Govig decided to fold the publication because of steadily declining revenues, linked to a fading American market for kites. The death of her longtime magazine aide and husband Mel was a factor as well. “"I enjoyed doing the magazine,”" she says. "“The doing is what I enjoyed."
  • That the ancient Polynesians in New Zealand and Easter Island, Tahiti and the Cook Islands, and elsewhere were kite makers and kite fliers is well documented. But of particular interest to Americans, perhaps, is the evidence for this skill to be found in the U.S. itself—in the nation’s southernmost state, Hawaii.
  • There is no more elegant pastime than kiteflying, nor one of wider adaptation. The sport may be pursued in all weathers except violent storms. A kite may be flown from a hilltop, a housetop or a plain, or from any kind of watercraft, as it idly floats or swiftly rushes over the wide seas. The most active of boys does not find kiteflying too tame, for him, neither is it unsuitable for girls, who are quite likely to excel the boys in the skillful construction of the toy; while guiding this creature of the sky is not less elegant than leading a pet dog of freakish behavior.