I tried golf, but I didn’t like it as much as tennis. I’ve always played it, even at a young age. You meet a lot of good people, make a lot of friends through tennis, and it’s fun.”
—Megan Abe ’19
HPA student-athletes who join the tennis team learn to keep their eyes on the ball and their goals.
Ka Makani squads are routinely among the most competitive on the island and players gain an important edge by focusing on their personal improvement and enjoyment of the sport. Having a top-notch facility on campus helps, too.
The Rutgers Tennis Center is the only indoor tennis facility on the island and is well known among tennis professionals. The center contains four well-lit courts that are recognized by the United States Tennis Association as one of the best facilities in the United States. It also provides a full-service pro-shop, member services, and ball machines. The courts are almost always available for practice and play.
While many talented players have come through HPA, it wasn’t until 2019 that a Ka Makani player was able to wrangle a state championship. Ryo Minakata ’19 became the first in school history to claim a state crown. Minakata—known as the “Mighty Kiwi” on the tennis court—was also a three-time BIIF champion.
Boys: 2018, 2015, 2014, 2013
Recent player accolades:
Ryo Minakata, boys state champion