Kite Biographies


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Akihiro Ogawa

Ogawa-san is one of the last professional hata makers in Nagasaki. Working in cramped quarters just down the hill from Nagasaki’s...
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Bill Osche

Longtime owner of the Kite Loft in Ocean City, MD, Bill has been a supporter of the American Kitefliers Association, of kite festivals up and down...
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Christopher Ornelas

Drachen Foundation grant-recipient Ornelas spent months in Guatemala learning about the social implications of the barriletes gigantes,...
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Eiji Ohashi

For years Eiji Ohashi has been famous for his trains of kites, but he should also be recognized for his innovative approach to kite making as well...
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Harry Osborne

A teacher at Washington State’s Edmonds Community College, Osborne introduced kites to college students as well as helped to produce giant...
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Makoto Ohye

From the kite-rich city of Daimon, Japan, Ohye has traveled extensively to show his city’s kite styles and his own kite artistry. He is the...
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Mitsuaki Ohtsuka

When flying on the grounds of the Shirone Kite Museum, Mitsuaki Ohtsuka of the Niigata Bird Kite Club, flies his three-dimensional condor. The...
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Orlando Ongkingco

Orly is an active flyer and kite maker in the Philippines. He is an active member of the ASEAN kite group which seeks to raise the profile of...
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Tomiko Okazaki

Experienced wind surfer and kite boarder Okazaki is one of the strong female riders in the sport. She has been central in testing equipment for...
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Valentine Oesterle

In the 1930s, German kitemaker Oesterle produced a number of fantastic box kites, most with an airplane configuration, that were models of...
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