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Nolan Ahn


Tell us something about yourself.

Independent financial planner 40+ years, mostly retired. Married to Jennie 49 years, three kids, two grandkids. Golfer, boater, SCUBA, racquetball, ping pong, tennis. Life really began after pickleball. Hawaii state gold medalist men’s doubles 65+ 3.5 skill level in 2018. Two hips and one shoulder replacement. Cardiac stent 13 years ago.

How did you start playing pickleball?

My older sister played the game with the funny name. Beginner clinics were held at Kalaheo gym, and I signed up, and got hooked about 5 years ago.

What do you like most about pickleball?

I love growing the sport and organizing events. Jack Hodges got me involved in being a tournament organizer and announcer. I was part of the movement to get better playing facilities on Kauai, and helped to form PAK. I became a USAPA Ambassador in 2021, one of four on Kauai. Pickleball is a great sport to grow old with. I was recently beaten by an 84 year old, under 100 pound pickler, so I have lots to look forward to.

Why do you serve as President of PAK?

I was elected by the board, so I willingly serve. I initially abandoned the notion of getting dedicated courts on Kauai, but was inspired by the Lihue picklers organizing learning clinics for new players that resulted in more than 30 pickle-holics playing on cracked courts with no nets and indistinct lines joyfully 4-5 days per week. PAK was formed to give players like these around the island something they deserve.

Nolan Ahn
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