Golf - Boys & Girls


“We’re spoiled,” jokes Hawai'i Preparatory Academy (HPA) head golf coach, John Kilkenny, if you were to ask him about the team’s opportunities for play on the Big Island and beyond. It is safe to say anyone familiar with the golf scene in the state would agree with him as well; the Ka Makani golfers enjoy free access to some of the highest quality courses you’ll find anywhere, let alone on any high school’s practice agenda.

The team plays twice a week at the Waikoloa King’s Course, and once a week at each of the Four Seasons Hualalai, Mauna Kea, and Mauna Lani courses. Furthermore, the team travels around the island to various other prime locations for its matches, which on any given week could take place on professional level courses with the finest of complementary services.

Coach Kilkenny makes a point of allowing the team to take full advantage of the time on their courses that so many local resort programs have generously given to HPA athletics. He believes that players improve simply by playing, and indeed one will see red and black golfer’s garb about the fairways and greens Monday through Friday when the spring sports’ season rolls around.

However, access to such astounding opportunities comes with rather hefty expectations for the team. Golf is a game with high standards of knowledge and etiquette often not met by your average high school student. Nonetheless, Coach Kilkenny has been amazed by the ability of HPA golfers to rise to the demands of the game and their sponsoring institutions, while never compromising on their personal enjoyment of practice and play.

Golf could be considered one of the most difficult sports, both in the technique and dedication it requires if one wants to excel on the scoresheet, and in the standards of professionalism intrinsic to the game and its long tradition. On the other hand, it is arguably the most rewarding investment of one’s athletic energy, for it can develop into a lifelong pastime, as it is as suitable for play to someone at eighteen as it is to someone at eighty. HPA’s golf program will not disappoint. Grab your clubs, and get ready to golf with us.


Coach Ken Zecchini


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