What We Are All About
Pickleball started on Kauai on April Fool’s Day, 2015 when Jack and Stephanie Hodges hosted an introductory clinic at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center. Using badminton lines and temporary nets, they taught the basics of the game to 115 people who wanted to know what “the fun game with the funny name” was about. Like the millions of people who are passionately addicted to the fastest growing sport in America, they were hooked. Today, 90% of the original attendees still play the game, and hundreds more have joined them on the island, from kids to kupuna. People are playing in Kekaha, Hanapepe, Kalaheo, Poipu, Puhi, Lihue, Kalena, Kapaa, Kilauea, and Princeville but there still are no safe, quality dedicated pickleball courts with permanent nets and lines to play on.
Our efforts started out in 2019 with a committee comprised of players who were united in their conviction that better courts were needed. We asked the County for permission to use two of the 24 tennis courts for six pickleball courts that we would fund and build. After months of waiting for a decision, we retracted our proposal. In 2021, after seeing even more new players emerge, we got fully organized and Pickleball Association Kauai (PAK) was born. We are registered as a 501(c)3 corporation and have an outstanding Board of Directors dedicated to achieving our mission.
Our mission statement is: Pickleball Association Kauai will develop, operate and maintain quality, dedicated pickleball venues with the spirit of Aloha.
Our first objective is to enroll members who support our efforts. Our dues are a low $20 per year discounted to $10 if paid by 12/31/2021. We want to show we represent many who are sympathetic to our cause. Please join us, and we promise excellent communications about our quest as we move to opening our first “Alpha Courts”.