Kite Biographies


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Kathy Goodwind

Making kites under the moniker of Suspended Elevations, in the late 1970s, Goodwind then opened Seattle’s Gasworks Park Kite Shop which has been a...
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Katsutaka Murooka

One of the first practitioners of Kite Aerial Photography (KAP) in Japan, Murooka has surveyed ancient ruins, colonies of sea birds, and volcanos...
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Kay and Jim Buesing

Having settled on the Long Beach, WA peninsula as the kite craze heated up, the Buesings opened a kite store and then quickly became the driving...
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Kazue Tanaka

Kazue Tanaka’s small tombi-style birds incorporate the intricate structure critical to the kite’s design while featuring delicate and...
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Kazuo Inoue

Known for his delicate painting style. Japanese kitemaker, Kazuo Inoue’s erotic images are complemented by the exquisite bamboo work of...
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Kazuo Tamura

If you are lucky enough to find the National Geographic footage on the kite battles in Shirone, you will soon come to know Kazuo Tamura. On the...
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Keith Yoshida

A long time Board member of the Drachen Foundation, Keith brought extensive computer skills to the organization in its formative years. An...
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Ken Tumminia

Longtime kite retailer Tumminia has been involved in the kite hotbed of the U.S. Northwest Coast. Selling, marketing, and flying his own...
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Kevin Francis

Australian kite maker Francis is best known for his flying saucers: air-inflated sculptures that hovered close to the ground and entertained kite...
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Kong Family

Kong Xiang Ze, his son, Kong Ling Min, and grandson, Kong Bing Zhang live on the outskirts of Beijing and represent three generations of Chinese...
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