Sunday, August 23, 2015

How To Find Pickleball In Paradise

Looking for places to play in Paradise....Hawaii that is?  Pickleball is going strong on four different islands--Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island of Hawaii.  Google any of these islands with the keyword pickleball and you will probably find what you are looking for.  Kona (on the island of Hawaii) has two strong groups--Kona Pickleball Hui and The Holua Pickleball Center.  They also play in Hilo.  Oahu has two groups playing in Waikiki and another in Kailua.  Kauai has five venues--Hanapepe Tennis Courts, Kalaheo Neighborhood Gym, Kauai Christian Fellowship Center (Koloa), Kilauea Gym, and Princeville.  A with venue is scheduled to open in March.  Maui is just getting public pickleball together, but many Mauians play on private courts and welcome visitors.  You just have to know how to find them. is a good start.  If you need help, contact Hawaii State Pickleball Ambassador Jack Hodges  He will put you in contact with site coordinators.  Pack your paddle and be ready to play pickleball in paradise.  Aloha.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

National Pickleball Champion Alex Hamner

Four time National Pickleball Champion Alex Hamner will appear at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center Gym (Island of Kauai) to play pickleball and give any interested persons free instruction on one of “America’s Fastest Growing Sports.”  Alex (and her doubles partner Jennifer Lucore) has won more women's doubles tournaments and gold medals than anyone in the 50 year history of this game.  Stop by to hear her words of advice.  Dress to play if you would like.  Equipment provided.  Date: Thursday, Aug. 13th.  Time: 9:00 a.m.
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Friday, August 7, 2015

The Origins of Pickleball

Ever wonder how this amazing game that you love so much got started? Well, don’t miss this episode of I ♥ Pickleball! Pickleball Channel was fortunate enough to go to Bainbridge Island, the birthplace of the sport, to speak with one of the founders of pickleball, Barney McCallum. Join us as we take you back to a rainy island day when the kids had nothing to do, and some charismatic men decided to make up a game! Learn how the founders made up the rules, how it spread off of Bainbridge Island, and how it eventually became the amazing sport we know today.  This is one episode you do not want to miss! Watch it now!

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Places To Play Pickleball In Hawaii
Would you pack your pickleball paddle when traveling to Hawaii if you knew there were pickleball venues near you?  Would you choose a particular island based on pickleball opportunities on that island?  Here is everything pickleball in Hawaii as of February, 2016.  I have listed websites (if available).  Check Facebook as well.  Also check and click on "Places To Play."

Kauai:  Public pickleball venues are located in Kalaheo, Hanapepe, Koloa, Kapaa, Kilauea and Princeville.  There are a number of private courts at hotels and clubs.  Another source would be

Oahu:  Public venues in Kailua, Waikiki (Diamond Head Tennis Center and Ft. DeRussy).  See Waikiki Outdoor Pickleball on Facebook.  Wilson Community Park is another venue.

Maui:  Check "Places To Play."  A few private courts and a couple of hotels.  Good source: A few hardworking people are doing their best to get Maui Recreation on board.

Hawaii (Big Island):  Two thriving groups in Kailua Kona.  Kona Pickleball Hui (lookup on Facebook).  Holua Tennis and Pickleball Center in Kona (Google).  They also play in Hilo, but no contact information at this time.

Pickleball is growing in Hawaii.  We completed the first ever Aloha State Games Senior Olympics Pickleball Tournament in Kona in July of 2015.  2016 Games will be on Kauai in March.  This will be a qualifier for the Nationals in 2017.

Did I mention to be sure you packed your pickleball paddle if you are traveling to Hawaii?  Play in the morning, sightsee the rest of the day, mai tais at sunset.  Repeat.  It doesn't get much better.