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« on: August 21, 2014, 02:22 AM »

Hi there folks. I live in Honolulu. I'd like to fly a kite.

Call it therapy or whatever, I'd just like to put one in the air like when I was a kid. Problem is I don't own a kite. Nothing against kiting as a hobby, but I don't really have the money or time to invest in tackling this the way I do most things in life (obsessively). Wind stats for my area (7day + 12mo, another 12mo) and just plain old gut feel tell me that a $5 eBay/Wal-Mart kite would break straight off into the Pacific Ocean, but who knows? I've never flown here.

Anyway I saw a couple well-rated "stunt kites" on Amazon (Prism Stowaway, Prism Jazz), I guess you can do tricks with those but all I really wanna do is buy 500' of string and let it out til I can barely see the thing in the sun. I have no idea if I'd need anything special in the way of kites or lines to do that in the wind we have here. Don't really want to spend money for a one-time thing but if I were being truly casual about this I wouldn't be posting on GWTW  Roll Eyes

Maybe I could just pay someone the $10 or $20 to let me fly their kites for a bit  - is that even a reasonable thing to ask? What do you all think? Please vote in the poll and/or post below. Thank you!
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2014, 09:31 AM »

If you just want to let the line out and watch the kite in the sky, do not buy a stunt kite. Buy a single line kite. The Prism stowaway diamond kite is a good choice.
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2014, 10:24 AM »

Most kiters would let you fly their kites for free if you let them hold your elbows

when the kite gets into trouble. If you're a mellow fellow, get a single line kite.

If you like some action, get a sport kite.

Welcome to the forum.
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2014, 11:42 AM »

Thanks for the advice so far. I'll look into it Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2014, 07:31 PM »

I would by a delta kite. the The Prism stowaway diamond kite should work well in you clean winds.  I had more issues in my local winds. 

I would get one around 6' to 8' and at least 500' of line.

Welcome back to the wonderful world of kiting.

I started 45 years ago with those simple single line kites.  My kite collection has grown over the decades as has my enjoyment of kites.

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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2014, 08:03 PM »

they still flying kites at Sandy's?
I'd stop by on the weekend and talk story with one of the flyers ... pretty sure they'd let you fly something.
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