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Tennis School


Tennis School Office
Dillingham Tennis Complex
808.944.5835 Tel
Hours: M – F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Tennis School provides a comprehensive pathway of progressive instructional programs for students of all ages and skill levels while encouraging them to adopt tennis as a fun lifetime sport.

Tennis is a safe and challenging sport that provides many physical, mental, and social benefits. Our tennis classes are designed as part of a developmental pathway where the size of the court and the equipment are both age and skill appropriate. As students progress through our programs, they learn technical fundamentals, adaptive strategies, and creative problem solving. 

When students join our Team Tennis teams and ILH Tennis teams, they learn to work together toward common goals and embrace a positive team mindset. Many of our alumni go on to play college tennis and others continue to play “the sport for a lifetime” long after high school graduation. From K – 12, the program emphasis is on educating, character building, and competing with sportsmanship.

Our Programs

Punahou has one of the largest and most successful tennis programs in the nation.  Various instructional, developmental and competitive programs are offered during the school year as well as during Summer School. Beginning levels are designed for students with little or no prior playing experience. Students may remain at the beginning levels for more than one year before progressing to the intermediate level. Advanced level programs are intended for our more committed students and enrollment is by invitation only. 

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  • 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, reinforcing 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. Students may select up to two days of classes per week.
    Center Court Kids Grade 1 Tue/Thu
    Future ChampsGrades 2 – 4Mon/Wed/Fri
    Rising StarsGrades 5 – 8
    with 0 – 3 years
    For those students who are more serious about their tennis game and seek more competitive play, additional information is provided below under “Invitational Programs.”
  • Private and Semi-Private Lessons

    Open to the community, grades 2 – 12
    Private and Semi-Private lessons offer one-on-one or one-on-two instruction to students who are becoming more serious about the game and desire more personal attention. Individualized stroke mechanics, footwork, and other student-specific skills are emphasized.

    Register your child for group or private lessons through Punahou’s After School and Summer School programs. Priority is given to continuing spring students.
  • Invitational Programs

    Young Stars and Slamming Aces will not be offered at this time, however, the ACE Program and Play Days will continue to be offered during the school year.

    Offered by coaches’ invitation only, grades 1 – 8

    Invitational programs provide advanced development of physical, technical, tactical, and mental skills. These programs also prepare students for more competitive play by offering them an opportunity to compete within a team environment.
    Invitations are emailed to families in the early summer for the upcoming school year.
    Young Stars3 – 4TBD
    Slamming Aces5 – 8TBD
    ACE Program5 – 8Tues/Thu
    Play Days1 – 8Sat

    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 Training (JET) Program

    Open to the community, grades 9 – 12
    The Junior Excellence Training (JET) program is for high school students that want to continue taking their game to the next level.  JET is design to develop students physically and mentally – with a focus on preparing them for increased competition. Selection to this program is by invitation only.

    JET I
    JET I is a high-performance program for students in grades 9 – 12 that develops students physically and mentally for advanced competition in sectional/national events. Class time includes situational drilling, modified matchplay, and fitness. Students are expected to play tournaments and compete on a regular basis. Selection criteria is based on USTA ranking, UTR rating and Varsity team experience.

    Program sessions are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (when ILH Tennis is not in session, practice sessions will run earlier from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.),
    and Saturdays, 4 – 6 p.m. for both fall and spring semesters.

    JET II
    JET II is a performance program for students in grades 9 – 12 and is designed for students with limited tournament experience and/or students preparing for future competitive events, such as the Junior Varsity tennis season or for those who just enjoy tennis and want to continue training and playing. Selection criteria is based on USTA Sectional rankings, UTR rating, and Intermediate or Junior Varsity experience.

    Program sessions are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from  5:30 – 7:15 p.m. (when ILH Tennis is not in session, practice sessions will run earlier from 4:30 – 6:15 p.m.).

    JET Play Day
    JET Play Days are designed to compliment the weekday training sessions with matchplay opportunities. Competition is an essential component to overall student development and Play Days accelerate learning by allowing students to consistently compete in a non-elimination format where they learn how to effectively develop points, implement strategy, and problem solve. Coaches have the ability to provide valuable real-time feedback in between points during competition.       
    Eligibility: Must be enrolled in the weekday JET program (Grades 9 – 12)
  • Organized Team Competition

    Organized Team Competition will not be offered in the fall semester. For a competitive experience similar to Team Tennis, students are encouraged to join the appropriate Saturday Play Day.

    Open to select invitational program students, grades 5 – 8

    Organized team competition is offered through the Punahou Team Tennis program. Our Team Tennis program combines the challenge and fun of playing tennis with the character-building aspects of team sports. Students are placed on one of several internal Punahou teams that compete against other teams in the community in boys and girls singles, doubles, and/or mixed doubles. 

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

    Eligibility: Students who are enrolled in Slamming Aces, ACE III, and ACE II programs are eligible to participate. Team placement depends on several factors including previous experience in JTT, skill level, age appropriateness, and recommendations by coaches, including the Team Tennis Coordinator.

    Placements are announced at the Team Tennis kick-off meeting in September.

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  • ILH Athletics Teams

    Punahou also offers Intermediate (grades 7 – 8), Junior Varsity (grades 9 – 11) and Varsity (grades 9 – 12) level ILH Athletics teams. Participation on ILH Tennis teams is limited to Punahou students only.

    Participation in Tennis School classes does not guarantee a spot on an ILH Tennis team.


Punahou hosts, organizes and coordinates tennis tournaments open to the community. These tournaments provide opportunities for Punahou and non-Punahou students to participate and compete. Punahou works closely with the USTA, UTR, ILH, HHSAA, 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 Mike MacKinnon Punahou Jr. Challenger & Open Championships. The tournament is open to the public and is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring young players to begin or continue their competitive tennis experience.
Punahou offers 12U, 14U, and 16U divisions for boys and girls with both singles and doubles opportunities.

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  • Facilities

    The Dillingham Tennis Complex consists of six courts and a central building that houses the Tennis Office, restrooms, and other 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.

Program Dates for 2021 – 2022

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  • Fall Semester

    Fall Semester: 8/23/21 – 12/18/21 

Additional Information

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  • Days, Times and Fees

    Group lessons are offered up to three times per week. Play Days are offered on Saturdays and Team Tennis opportunities are offered on both Saturdays and Sundays. Private lessons are available on weekdays, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.; and Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. See the course catalog for specific times and fees.
  • Escorting

    Parents enrolling grades 1 – 5 students should review the information about escorting.