Kite Engineeer & Enthusiast

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Kelvin Chun is an award winning teacher, magician, balloon artist and kite enthusiast. Kelvin has over 50 years of kite making and flying experience and has competed in local, national and international competitions.

Chun was in Weifang, China for the “Olympics” of kite making. He won the Award of Excellence at the 2024 Weifang International Kite Festival, making him the first from Hawaii to ever participate and win. 

KGMB site

KHON site

KGMB Filipino Kite

KITV Filipino Kite

Aging Well - KITV

HMSA - Ikigai

HMSA - Kite

He is the only kite maker in Hawaii who has accomplished so many awards and is recognized internationally for his lecturing abilities. Kelvin has over 50 years experience as an educator teaching students from grades kindergarten - adult. He has the experience to communicate effectively with people of all ages and also be a life-long learner. Kelvin has taught the art of kite making and flying to his students.

Here is a video integrating mathematics, art, history and science. Kelvin has been on television sharing the art of asian kites.

For over 50 years, he has done numerous hands on kite making and flying workshops for students and teachers for the Hawaii Department of Education including paper kites and plastic kites.

Kite Workshops for DOE

His presentations were done throughout the community including the Pasco event at the Academy of Arts, the National and Hawaii Council of Teachers of Mathematics conferences, the HSTA - Hawaii State Teachers Association Institute Day, and the public library system.


Student's Sled Kite:

His most recent workshop (May, 2008) was held in Los Angeles at the JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM. "Up, Up and Away!" is highlighted by three workshops including:


Workshop session 1: History of Kites / Kites Around the World / Asian-American Kites


Workshop session 2: Paper / Plastic kites - Students create kites of their choice after basic concepts are introduced

Workshop/Demonstration: Flying of Asian - American Kite and Kites the students created

Hawaiian/Asian Kite

... continuing the tradition

The Hawaiian/Asian kites are a mix between Chinese, Filipino, and American ideas. These kites must survive the gusty Hawaiian trade winds of up to 35 mph. The materials such as bamboo, kite line and plastic must be strong. From 1960 - 1990, there were many Hawaiian kite making enthusiasts. These numbers have dwindled due to a new generation of different interests.

Kites date back 3000 years, when the Chinese made them from bamboo and silk. Over the centuries kites have been used in religious ceremonies, scientific experiments, military maneuvers and, of course, for fun.

The kites in the Phillipines have designs similar to the Chinese kites. These are special tailless kites that are perfectly balanced. At times, they could glide almost perpendicular to the ground.

The Filipino kite is known as "saranggola." (Spelling variation: sarangola)

Gurion - is the name of a classic Filipino kite design, characterized by an oval shaped main body, a pointed nose and fish-like tail, it can also be designed as a tail-less variant. (Spelling variation: guryon)

In 1989, I have received a grant through the Hawaii State Cultural Arts Foundation to learn as an apprentice under the master kite maker Patricio Gongob. The Folk Arts Program was created in 1983 with funds and planning support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Folk Arts Program seeks to: identify and document the diverse ethnic, cultural and occupational folk traditions in Hawai'i; assist in the perpetuation of folk traditions in Hawai'i; and promote public awareness of the beauty and value of folk arts in Hawai'i and the importance of preserving Hawai'i 's folk arts heritage. Over 80 hours of hands-on learning time was generously provided by Mr. Gongob.

Mentor of Filipino Kites in Hawaii: The Late Patricio Gongob

Mr. Gongob has been a kite expert throughout his life time, learning the art in the Phillipines.  He entered numerous kite competitions in Hawaii and the US in the 1960s and 1970s.

In 1971, his gigantic kites were on the cover of the Kite Tales magazine. To store these kites, they were either hung on the side of a two-story house, or hung from the ceiling of their garage. The kites were launched with rope using about 13 men and brought to Kapiolani Park using a flat-bed truck.

That year, Patricio Gongob and relatives won numerous awards among other outstanding asian kites. He even won a trip to the mainland to a national kite festival. In the 1970s, the Kite Festivals sponsored by the City & County of Honolulu were very competitive with many expert kite makers. To judge the high flying competition, a helicopter was launched to view the altitude.

There are no big kite festivals in Hawaii as in the past. The tradition is becoming lost because the younger generation has different interests. 

A picture of his award winning (Most Beautiful) kite appeared in the 1977 summer issue (p. 43) of Kite Line. Mr. Gongob told me the stories of the Chinese introducing these kite designs to the Phillipines, and how modifications to the design have perfected its flight. Mr. Gongob was featured in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin for his award winning kites. 

2024 Weifang, China - Excellence Flying Award

1989 American Kite Fliers Association National / International

Single Line Competition

3rd Place - Centipede of Train of Kites

(3 Hawaiian / Asian / Filipino Kites were strung together to win this award)

Honolulu City & County

Kite Festival

Senior Division


Nasa Sled Kite


Japanese American National Museum

Youtube Presentation

Youtube - High Voltage

Youtube - High Voltage2

Youtube - Gongob

Youtube - Baldwin

Youtube - Chang

Lincoln Chang Rokkaku Modification

Kite History

History of Kites

Paper Planes & Tetrahedron Kites

Interactive - Fly a Kite

Education = Kites + Kids

Virtual Kite Zoo

Kite Builders

Types of Japanese Kites

Kites from Japan

Chen Zhao Ji - Mechanical Kites


Wau Bulan

Fighter Kites

Various Kites

Kite Life Magazine

Kite Samples

Kite Unit / Ben Franklin Movie

Presentation for National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) / Hawaii Council for Teachers of Mathematics (HCTM)

Conference / Presentations:

2016, June 8: Kukulu Kaiaulu 2016: Kamehameha Schools Ed Tech Conference, "I-Ikigai Portfolio for life"

2016, March 8: Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary School Career Day

2016, February 9: Kalakaua Middle School Career Day

2015, June 10: Kamehameha Schools Education Technology Conference 2015, "i-Portfolio for life"

Traditional portfolios have been stored in binders. This format was used for print-based materials. Electronic portfolios became an effective way to organizing, summarizing, and sharing artifacts, information, and ideas learning, along with personal and professional growth through text, visuals, audio, and video formats. Storage devices varied from floppy disks, hard drives, CD-ROM in digital formats such as text documents, picture files, web pages, digital video, and presentation files. With the development of social media and cloud storage, the electronic portfolio is a sampling of the breadth and depth of a person's work conveying the range of abilities, attitudes, experiences, and achievements. i-Portfolio is a redefinition of the electronic portfolio development process in a way that supports 21st century learning in which the individual learner will COLLECT, REFINE, DESIGN, and REFLECT on past and future experiences for life. By incorporating various resources, the learner will have the opportunity to technologically integrate their personal education, career, and life-long hobbies into their i-portfolio. Integration will reduce resistance to portfolio development as an activity and allow portfolios to become more personal, providing a richer connection between learning and their paths to knowledge.

2015, February 28: 

Hawaii Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference

STEM- Mathemagic, Balloons & Kites

2015, February 9: HSTA-Retired - Life-long Activities after Retirement

2011, February 19: Hawaii Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference - Planet Turtle; 

Mathemagic, Balloons & Kites

2008, May 10: Japan American National Museum in Los Angeles - Asian Kites

February 23, 2007: E-School Conference - June, 2006: Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Participant / Completion Certificate

2002: NCTM - Las Vegas: Mathemagic & Balloons

2001 - 2004: HSTA Conference: Mathemagic & Balloons

2000: E-School Conference - Technology Club of the 21st Century

2000: HCTM (Hawaii Council of Teachers of Mathematics) - Math in Magic

1999: E-School Conference: Technology Club at Nuuanu School

1997: HCTM (Hawaii Council of Teachers of Mathematics) - Technology

1996: HERN Conference, Leeward District Conference - Technology 

1995: Math Conference: Mathemagic; HSTA Conference - Technology

1994: EDTECH and Middle School Conference - Technology

1993: Leeward/Windward District Math Conference - Balloons & Kite

1991: Academy of Arts: Kite

For information contact:

Kelvin Chun