OPA Initiatives

We are all about community engagement and development through pickleball. We have several initiatives to make our community stronger and healthier. We look for out-of-the box ways to improve upon pickleball in Hawai’i. We are solutions-driven and leave problems at the door. Here are just a few examples of what we hope to accomplish:

  • KŪKULU – Help build dedicated pickleball courts on Oahu. This task force/advisory group of OPA will dialogue with key state and city officials to explore available and existing land for dedicated pickleball courts. We will advocate and fundraise for dedicated pickleball courts where pickleball players will not have to compete for court time with other sports. If you’re a change agent and love challenges, we invite you to join KŪKULU!
    • Resolution in support of Pickleball, Dedicated Courts & OPA! – Mahalo nui loa to Kaimuki Neighborhood Board! We appreciate your willingness to learn about the benefits of pickleball, the need for dedicated pickleball courts, and storage. OPA is super thankful and excited for the partnership. Special recognition goes to OPA’s Board member, Dean McColgan, for spearheading this effort along with Paul Leong, Adele Chong, Bob Lew and Kevin Ching.
  • Establish a Juniors Pickleball Program for kids 8-18 years old by Fall 2020. Visit our Juniors Program and sign-up here for more details. We welcome K-12 schools, afterschool programs, parents, guardians and caregivers of children who are over 18 years of age and interested in giving their children the opportunity to learn and play pickleball. Ask us about grant opportunities to help support your pickleball program!
  • As an approved Blue Zone Hawai’i Project we help pickleball players adopt and live a healthier lifestyle. We have participated in the Blue Zone 4M/McCully, Manoa, Makiki, and Moiliili meetings for the redesign of Old Stadium park, and we have several members who have pledged to follow the Power 9 Blue Zones pillars. Watch this short video on how this Blue Zone pickleball community in Loma Linda, California is not just surviving, but thriving!