I know I've seen this photo on here somewhere and I'm sure many of you have seen this before. I seem to remember it stirring up a mild debate about its authenticity.
The photo is from a video that can be viewed on youtube.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44EqiEpJZTQ
The video name is "25 Hawaiian Kites Gespann Luftaufnahme" from a festival in 2015.
Here's my take....
I think the photo is real.
I think the video is real.
I think the kites are not authentic TOTL Hawaiians or Maui's.
1. As far as I know, all Chevrons whether Hawaiian Team or Maui's have 4 stripes along the trailing edges, not 3 as all of these have.
2. The black reinforcement part on the sail by the "T" should be as wide as the center color of the Chevron part of the sail. It's much smaller on these.
My guess is that these are customs and not much more than a 36" wing span, if that. Also, not much effort from the pilot!
If these were 25 8' TOTL Hawaiian Team kites, I would have just posted these guys...