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History

Pearl City Aquatics, Inc. (PCA) was founded by Head Coach Ken Suenaga in 1968. The first practice was held at the Momilani Recreation Center with only 14 swimmers. After a year at the Momilani Recreation Center, the team moved to the Pearl City District Park Pool.  In 1975, PCA grew to approximately 106 swimmers with 5 coaches, and practiced at three different pools – Pearl City District Park Pool, Manana Neighborhood Park Pool, and Momilani Recreation Center Pool.  One of the highlights of that same year was PCA winning the high point team trophy at the First Annual Soichi Sakamoto Invitational Swim Meet on Maui.

In 2003, Head Coach Ken Suenaga's dream of having an aquatics center worthy of Olympic and international competition on Oahu was realized with the opening of the Veterans' Memorial Aquatics Center (VMAC) in the Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park.  The club now utilizes VMAC as well as Waikele Community Park Pool and Shigeo Ushiro Manana Neighborhood Park pool.  (See Facilities)

PCA is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization operating a community-based swim team that promotes the development of good character through good sportsmanship in competitive swimming.  Until 1975, Pearl City Aquatics, Inc. was regulated by the (AAU) Amateur Athletes Union.  PCA is currently a member club of USA Swimming.

PCA is dedicated in supporting and promoting the efforts of Hawaiian Swimming, our Local Swim Committee (LSC) and USA Swimming.  PCA hosts several swim meets a year to promote competitive swimming in Hawaii.  The first Pearl City Invitational Swim Meet was held in 1980.  The annual invitational swim meet is now named the Ken Suenaga Invitational Swim Meet after our Founding Head Coach.

Club membership is open to the public and to all persons interested in swimming who foster the idea of competitive swimming and promoting the efforts of Pearl City Aquatics, Inc.