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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 healthy lifetime sport.

Tennis is a fun and challenging sport that is known to provide many physical, mental, and social health 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 and creative problem solving skills through situational tactics. 

When students join our team programs, they learn to work together toward common goals and embrace a positive team-first 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 athletic development, sportsmanship, and building life skills through tennis.

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 the summer. Beginning levels are designed for students with little or no prior playing experience. Intermediate levels are designed for students that have several years of playing experience and moderate Junior Team Tennis or tournament competition. Advanced level programs are intended for our more committed students with significant Junior Team Tennis or tournament competition and enrollment is by invitation only.  

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  • Group Lessons

    Open to the community, grades 1 – 8 
    Group Lessons are designed for beginner-intermediate level students and emphasize a fun learning environment that focuses on developing fundamental tennis skills, reinforcing positive character traits and encouraging good sportsmanship. Students are grouped by skill level. Students advance to different levels according to individual progress, sometimes remaining within the same program for more than a year. Group Lessons are a great way to learn the basics of the game in a fun group atmosphere. Students may select up to two days of classes per week.
    Tennis ExplorersGrade 1 Tue/Thu
    Young StarsGrade 2Mon/Wed/Fri
    Young StarsGrades 3 and 4Mon
    Rising StarsGrades 5 – 8Mon/Tue/Thur
    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 3 – 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 Co-Curricular and Summer Programs. Priority is given to continuing spring students.
  • Invitational Programs

    Offered by coaches’ invitation only, grades 2 – 8
    Invitational Programs provide advanced development of physical, technical, tactical, and mental skills within a competitive team environment. Invitations are emailed to families in the early summer for the upcoming school year. Selection is based on UTR/WTN ratings, USTA rankings, or other relevant competitive experience as determined by the lead program coach.
    Future Aces3 – 4Wed/Fri
    Slamming Aces5 – 8Wed/Fri
    ACE I Program5 – 8Mon/Wed/Fri
    ACE II – III5 – 8Tue/Thu
    JET I and JET II+9 – 12Mon/Wed/Fri
    JET II9 – 12Tue/Thu
    Play Days3 – 8Sat

    If your child is new to Punahou tennis and would like to be considered for an invitational program, call the Tennis Office at 808.944.5835 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 designed to further develop the technical, tactical, physical, and mental skills of students for increased competition. Selection to this program is by invitation only.

    JET I and JET II+
    JET I and JET II+ 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 is based on UTR/WTN ratings, USTA rankings, or other relevant competitive experience as determined by the lead program coach.

    Program sessions are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (when ILH Tennis is not in session, practice sessions will run earlier from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.)

    JET II
    JET II is a performance program for students in grades 9 – 12 and is designed for students with moderate tournament or team experience. Selection is based on UTR/WTN ratings, USTA rankings, or other relevant competitive experience as determined by the lead program coach.

    Program sessions are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (when ILH Tennis is not in session, practice sessions will run earlier from 4:30 – 6:30 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)

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  • ILH Athletics Teams

    Punahou offers 2 girls and 2 boys ILH Tennis Teams at the Intermediate (grades 7 – 8), Junior Varsity (grades 9 – 11) and Varsity (grades 9 – 12) level. Participation on ILH Tennis teams is limited to Punahou students only and tryouts are held each season. Each team consists of approximately 12 players.The Department of Athletics will announce signups for tryouts each season via email.
    • JV Tennis is a fall sport
    • Intermediate Tennis is a winter sport
    • Varsity Tennis is a spring sport
    Note: Participation in Tennis School programs does not guarantee a spot on an ILH Tennis team.


Throughout the year Punahou hosts, organizes and coordinates tennis tournaments open to the community. These tournaments provide opportunities for Punahou and non-Punahou students to apply their skills in a competitive tournament environment. Punahou works closely with the USTA, UTR, ILH, HHSAA, and other organizations to conduct these community events.

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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.

    The Wo Family Tennis Courts, completed in summer 2010, consists of two courts on Rocky Hill above Wilcox Hall and provide additional court space for various tennis programs. The Nancy Spalding Complex (three upper tennis courts) closed in 2009 for construction of the Omidyar K – 1 Neighborhood. 

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  • Program Dates for 2023 - 2024

    Fall Semester: Aug. 21 - Dec. 16, 2023
    Spring Semester: Jan. 8 - May 11, 2024

Additional Information

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