Tennis in Honolulu and Oahu
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While tennis has given way to golf as the biggest resort attraction, and many of the hotel courts have closed, there are still locations in Waikiki to get your tennis match on. Both sides of Waikiki are framed by tennis complexes, with Ala Moana Park containing a 12-court spread, and two different sets at Kapiolani Park. Play is free at public courts, with courts readily available during the day—but these tend to fill up after the sun goes down and the asphalt cools off.
Department of Parks and Recreation. O‘ahu has 181 public tennis courts that are free and open for play on a first-come, first-served basis; you're limited to 45 minutes of court time if others are waiting to play. A complete listing is free of charge from the Department of Parks and Recreation. 808/971–7150. www1.honolulu.gov/parks/programs.
Ala Moana Park Tennis Courts. With ten public courts, those located in Ala Moana Park are the closest to the ewa (west) end of Waikiki. Ala Moana Park, 1141 Ala Moana Blvd, Ala Moana, Honolulu, HI, 96814. 808/592–2288.
Diamond Head Tennis Center. Across the street from Kapiolani Park, this center has ten courts open to the public. 3908 Paki Ave., Waikiki, Honolulu, HI, 96815. 808/768-4626.
Kapiolani Tennis Courts. There are four courts for play here. 2765 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, Honolulu, HI, 96815. 808/768–4626.
Waikiki Tennis Club. On the rooftop of the Pacific Beach Hotel you can play on the only synthetic clay court in the Hawaiian Islands which is open to the public. Hotel guests play for free but courts are also open to nonguests. Make reservations via the tennis club's web site. Pacific Beach Hotel, 2490 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, Honolulu, HI, 96815. 808/206–6735. www.thewaikikitennisclub.com.
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