Honoring 50 years of the Dillingham Tennis Championships

Department: Athletics

Since the creation of its first formal club in 1901, Punahou tennis has become one of the most decorated sports in the athletic program, rich with history and built on time-honored traditions and strong alumni support.

With the completion of the Henry Gaylord Dillingham ’35 Memorial Tennis Courts following World War II, Punahou had its opportunity to host a large, statewide tournament on campus.

In 1952, the inaugural Dillingham Tennis Championships was held. The annual tournament was open to students, college players and adults statewide.

In its early years, the tournament was played with wooden racquets and white tennis balls – equipment typical of the post-war era. Following the introduction of fluorescent yellow tennis balls into continental U.S. tournaments in 1972, the Dillingham was the first tournament in Hawai‘i to adopt the yellow playing balls, a historic milestone for the local tennis community.

Over the years, the tournament consistently attracted the top players in the state of Hawai‘i, many of whom have gone on to successful careers in tennis.

Due to popularity of new tennis facilities elsewhere on the island, the last time the tournament was held was in 2002, bringing an end to a 50-year School tradition.

In celebration of the 175th anniversary of Punahou School, the Dillingham Tennis Championships will be held again this fall. Please join the Punahou Tennis School during the weeklong festivities.

Punahou School
Dillingham Tennis Complex
Oct. 5 – 8 and 10 – 12, 2015


  • Submitted by Jeff Samuels

    9/30/2015 4:43:36 PM

    Hope it's a great event. I have fond memories from my visit there in 1971. Probably my best junior tournament result.

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