What To Do In Kauai – Play Pickleball
Join us for Pickleball In Paradise! Pickleball is a very popular racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two to four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a children’s backyard pastime but has become popular among “adults” as well.
We have a growing number of players on the North Shore who welcome visitors to play with them. Three indoor courts in Kilauea accommodate social and competitive players. A basic understanding and level of play is required however. Play happens on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 9:00 a.m. The gym is not officially open on holidays, but generally volunteers open it up for play. Nets and balls are provided, but you must bring your own paddle. No need to sign up. Just arrive at the Kilauea Gym on Keneke Street (an 8 minute drive from Honu Point) at 9:00 on the days mentioned.
There are four brand-new courts at the Makai Club in the center of Princeville. In order to play on these courts, as well as the three tennis courts there, you must be a member. Individual membership rates are $85 monthly. Family rates are $115 monthly. Hourly court rental rates and rental equipment are subject to availability. For more information, go to the Makai Golf website or call (808) 826-1912.
There are also three, newly surfaced, outdoor courts on Emmalani Drive in Princeville. Because they are in the middle of a neighborhood, many restrictions have been put into place by the Home Owners Association. The courts are open for play Tuesday through Saturday, but at two specific blocks of time: 9:00 to 11:00 and 3:00 to 5:00. Only 2 of the 3 available courts may be used during these times. Because of this limited play time, regulars play there often and the courts are generally full. My suggestion is to stop by and chat with one of the players to see if there is a day and time when you would be welcome.
Pickleball is played all around the island. These three venues are on the north shore, but there are many more. The Pickleball Association Kauai has this mission: PAK will develop, operate, and maintain quality dedicated pickleball venues with the spirit of aloha. Their website has information about other Kauai court locations. So, find a court and have fun!
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