Mid-Pacific students put hundreds of kites into the Manoa winds | Events
April 20 was "Kite Day" at Mid-Pacific Institute, with many of the 1,545 students sending kites aloft from the football field. Elementary school, middle school and high school students launched store-bought and handmade kites into the gusty Manoa Valley morning winds.
The kites were all sizes and shapes and there were contests for the funniest, most original and smallest kites.
“Kite Day” is a tradition that dates back to 1910 when the Chinese boys at the old Mills Institute (which merged into Mid-Pacific) began to stage a major kite-flying event attended by the community.
Mid-Pacific even has a letter in its archives from President Herbert Hoover recognizing the event and congratulating the school for its success. There are a number of Kite Day trophies displayed in the MPI Alumni House.
For some reason, Kite Day ceased in 1934 and was not revived during World War II or the rest of the 20th century. The school brought the event back five years ago.