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Rumi Masumura

Court Operations Chair

Tell us something about yourself.

I was born and raised on Kauai in a family that loved sports and the outdoors. My dad’s side is the Masumura’s and my mom’s the Koga’s. My cousins played football and baseball. I have a sister named Kimi, and we recently sold our bakery business in Waimea. We enjoy playing in pickleball tournaments locally and on the mainland. Recently, we placed third in our division in a 800+ participant tournament in Las Vegas. Later this year, I am partnering with another PAK board member in women’s doubles at the National Championships.

How did you start playing pickleball?

We started playing with wooden paddles at family get-togethers, not knowing the game or the rules. We liked it so much we started going to places where pickleball was played and learned from the more seasoned players.

What do you like most about pickleball?

I love the social aspect of the the sport. There is no other sport like it where you can meet people from all walks of life and ages. Many of the friendships I have formed through pickleball will last a lifetime.

Why do you serve on the PAK board?

I was recruited to fill a vacancy on the board. I feel I can represent the younger players in the sport and those that wish to seriously compete. My current duties on the board are to investigate court reservation systems, leagues, clinics, and tournaments. I love our mission of getting dedicated courts on Kauai. Our many players deserve it!

Rumi Masumura
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