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Professional Education and Experience

I graduated from Punahou School and completed both my undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Washington. In dental school, I was awarded the Ferrier Memorial Prize by the American College of Dentists. Following graduation, I accepted a professor position at the University of Washington School of Dentistry and taught courses on dental implants and restorative dentistry.


What Sets You Apart?

I practice skilled and compassionate dentistry. We always call my patients a day or two following every dental procedure to check on their overall well-being. I believe that effective treatment extends beyond education, training, and traditional clinical care; it includes identifying with the concerns and emotions of patients and calming their fears. I believe that establishing and maintaining effective communication helps to promote a strong doctor-patient relationship while contributing to improved health outcomes by ensuring that the patients’ dental needs are clearly understood and their priorities are met.


Contribution to Community

Coaching on the Punahou varsity football team is a small way for me to give back to the school. Also, I came to dentistry through my mentors, Dr. William Vogt and Dr. Walter Ching; in honor of their selfless dedication to our profession, I strive to continue their tradition of mentorship by sharing knowledge and helping others.


I am honored to again be included among a distinguished group of dentists and would like to thank my family and staff (Cherene, Toni, Christine, Starr, Julie, and Cynthia). It’s a team effort. Mahalo!



Contact Info:

4211 Waialae Ave #210

Honolulu, HI 96816

Ph: 808-732-1424



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Derek Takai, DDS - America's Top 50 Dentists - Honolulu, HI

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