Tennis School

Punahou has one of the largest and most successful school programs in the nation. The Tennis School provides comprehensive and progressive instructional programs for students of all ages and skill levels, encouraging students to adopt tennis as a fun lifetime sport. As students progress through our tennis programs, they will develop technical fundamentals, situational strategies, and valuable critical thinking skills. When students join our USTA Junior Team Tennis and ILH teams, they learn to work together toward common goals and embrace a positive team mindset. From Kindergarten through high school, the emphasis is on educating, character building, and the development of life skills through the game of tennis.


Various instructional, developmental and competitive programs are offered during the school year as well as during Summer School.

Group and Private Lessons

Punahou’s tennis program offers group and private instruction that develops and challenges students of all ages and ability levels.

Group Lessons

Open to the community, grades 1 – 8 

Group lessons emphasize a fun learning environment and instruction that focuses on developing fundamental tennis skills, teaching positive character traits and encouraging good sportsmanship. Students advance to different levels according to individual progress, sometimes remaining within the same program for more than a year. Group lessons are a terrific way to learn the basics of the game in a group atmosphere.

Program Grades Days
Center Court Kids I Grades 1 – 2 Mon, Tue, Thu or Fri
Center Court Kids II Grades 3 – 4 Wed
Rising Stars Grades 5 – 8
with 0 – 3 years

For those students who are more serious and want to opt for competitive play, more information is provided below under "Invitational Programs."

Private Lessons

Open to the community, grades 1 – 12 

Private lessons offer one-on-one instruction to students who are becoming more serious and desire more personal attention. Individualized stroke mechanics and technique adjustments, as well as catering to the student's specific needs, are emphasized.


Register your child for group or private lessons through Punahou's After School and Summer School programs.

Invitational Programs

Offered by coaches’ invitation only, grades 1 – 8

Invitational programs offer development of physical and mental skills, appropriate for each age group and ability, and help prepare students for more competitive play.

Invitations are mailed in mid May for the upcoming school year.

Program Grades Days
Young Stars 3 – 4 Mon/Thu or Tue/Fri
Slammin Aces 5 – 8 Tue/Fri
ACE Program 5 – 8 Mon/Thu
Play Days 1 – 8 Sat

See Program Details

If your child is new to Punahou tennis and would like to be considered for an invitational program, call the Tennis Office at 944.5835 to schedule an on-court player assessment.

Junior Excellence Tennis Program

Open to the community, grades 9 – 12

The Junior Excellence Tennis (JET) Program is a high-performance program for high school students that develops players physically, emotionally, and mentally; and trains them for competition. Other key aspects of training include fitness and injury prevention with both off-court and on-court exercises.


For players training for sectional tournaments, national tournaments and varsity teams. Eligibility is based on USTA ranking (sectional and national), UTR rating, varsity team experience, maturity, attitude and age. Placement is based on availability and coaches’ decision. Program sessions are on selected weekdays, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 1 – 3 p.m.


For players training for junior varsity teams or those who enjoy tennis and want to continue playing. Eligibility is based on junior varsity (or other compatible level) experience, maturity, attitude and age. Placement is based on availability and coaches’ decision. Program sessions are on selected weekdays, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays 3 – 5 p.m.

Students enroll for a full program year, which runs August through April.

USTA Junior Team Tennis

Open to select invitational program students, grades 5 – 8

The Junior Team Tennis program is a national youth tennis league sanctioned by the USTA (United States Tennis Association) where Punahou teams compete against other teams in the community. It combines the challenge and fun of playing tennis with the educational and character-building aspects of team sports.

In Hawai‘i, the program runs for approximately 10 – 12 weeks with practices and matches against other O‘ahu teams in both boys and girls singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

There are two levels of teams at Punahou for players age 14 and under (2.5 and 3.0). For students ages 12 and under, we offer a green dot ball option.

Students who are enrolled in Slamming Aces and ACE III programs are eligible to participate. Team placement depends on several factors including previous experience in Junior Team Tennis, level of skill and ability, recommendations by coaches and Team Tennis Coordinator, and age appropriateness. Placements are announced at the USTA Team Tennis kick-off meeting in September.

Punahou also offers intermediate, junior varsity and varsity level ILH athletics teams.


Punahou hosts, organizes and coordinates tennis tournaments at the School's facilities, as well as in the community. These tournaments provide opportunities for Punahou and non-Punahou students to participate. Punahou works closely with the USTA, HHSAA, ILH and other organizations to conduct these events for the community.

Junior Tennis Championships

Every October (during Discoverers Day weekend) Punahou organizes, hosts, and coordinates the annual Punahou Jr. Challenger & Open Championships. The tournament is open to public and is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring young players to begin or continue their competitive experience in the game of tennis.

Punahou offers a 14 and under, 12 and under, and 10 and under divisions for both boys and girls with singles and doubles opportunities.

Tournament players gain additional support from Punahou Junior Varsity players that donate their time to assist with the event. Punahou values good sportsmanship; Most Inspirational Player (MIP) trophies are awarded to students who demonstrate positive attitudes and character while competing.


The Dillingham Tennis Complex consists of six courts and central building housing the Tennis Office and student facilities. Originally built in 1949, the complex was renovated in 2013.

Two additional Wo Family 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 Omidyar K – 1 Neighborhood.

School Year Registration

Tennis School classes are offered in semesters (fall or spring). Specific course information and registration is available through After School Programs.

Courses and Registration


Tennis School Office
Dillingham Tennis Complex
Hours: M – F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.