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.
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.