Various instructional, developmental and competitive programs are offered during the school year as well as during Summer School. They include group lessons, private lessons, Jr. Tennis Leagues, the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) team and Tennis Tournaments. In addition, there is a unique opportunity where Punahou alumni, Punahou parents, faculty and staff members can support tennis through participation in a "Friends of Punahou Tennis Charter," which allows limited tennis playing opportunities at the school in exchange for nominal user fees.
Tennis is a very popular sport and activity at Punahou School. Punahou has one of the largest and most successful school programs in the nation with a tremendous reach, from five-year-olds participating in programs to 18-year-old students playing for the school team. The emphasis is on character building and development, lifelong learning and positive values based on an education perspective. As one of the nation's top high school teams, students can participate on the competitive school's interscholastic team or develop their skills in one of the many programs offered. There is also a community service aspect to tennis, which fulfills the school's vision of a private school with a public purpose.
The six lower tennis courts are called the Dillingham Tennis Complex, which was built in 1949. The two additional Upper Tennis Courts, on the hill above Wilcox Hall, were completed in summer 2010. The Nancy Spalding Complex (three upper tennis courts) closed in 2009 for construction of the K-1 Neighborhood.
Since 1991, Tennis has been under the direction of Bernard J. Gusman, USPTA, and his team of tennis professionals, coaches and support staff. Punahou has one of the largest USPTA certified tennis coaching staff in the state of Hawai'i, serving students in group lessons, private lessons and coaching of teams.