Derek Takai Dentistry
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Derek Takai Dentistry
Derek Takai, DDS
Honolulu, HI













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Clear aligners

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Lisa M. from Urban Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


Dr Derek Takai & his office staff are by far the best dental team I have experienced – friendly, professional & they genuinely car about each patient!  This will be my first crown to have done…the process, all the steps, were very clearly explained along the way.  I was made to feel very comfortable despite my being anxious as it is my first crown.  Thank you Dr Takai for making this experience better than I expected … Dr Takai & staff always exceed my expectations !

Kathryn Allyn Olinger (Source: Facebook)


Dr Takai & his entire staff are not only professional in his services, but his entire staff are extremely helpful, friendly & personable. They helped me in my complicated situation with the treatment I needed & dealing with my employer’s Worker’s Compensation Ins. Co. They went above and beyond keeping in direct contact with them. I believe it was with their help that I was able to finally get the treatments needed after waiting 4years after the injuries. I highly recommend Dr Takai & his staff for all your dental needs.

Pat M. from Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


I was in just for a cleaning and was assigned a new hygienist. Jessica was awesome  – actually taught me some very interesting things about cleaning your teeth.  A great cleaning and I learned something~  how awesome is that!?  We switched to Dr. Takai and Dr. Weiss from our previous dentist and could not be happier.  Totally professional but upbeat, office has great energy, looks clean and bright – what more could someone ask for out of a dental experience.

Jeremiah S. (Source: Google)


I’ve been a patient of Dr. Takai for nearly 10 years and he’s done a fantastic job with my overall dental care. Unfortunately, I did not have the best dental habits when I was younger and inheriting my father’s dental DNA didn’t help much either. Dr. Takai always takes his time to explain the necessary details of what needs to be done. He’s taken care of my fillings, crowns, cleanings and perio maintenance. The office is clean, the staff is very friendly/professional and overall always a great experience when I visit.

Al Chun (Source: Google)


Office staff is always courteous , friendly and reminders about upcoming appointments are helpful to this senior citizen. Dr. Derek Takai and associates make your visit comfortable, calm and informative and painless. A very professional dental office and I recommend Dr. Derek Takai for any of your dental needs.

Momoko B. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I am a new patient and just had my first 2 visits here. I have met both Dr. Takai and Dr. Weiss and they really impressed me. They are very friendly, knowledgeable and they really take their time and listen to their patients. I also met their hygienist Jessica who was again, friendly and extremely informative. I definitely recommend this dental office to my friends and family.

Nona T. from Waialae - Kahala, Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


While I’ve been very afraid of dentists since I was 5 years old I knew I had to make an “appearance” and get x-rays and my teeth cleaned. The front staff were so kind along with Drs. Takai and Weiss. They all eased my fears. I will be going back to get crowns on 2 teeth after the covid 19 virus gets under control. I actually look forward to seeing the staff again. Thanks for your kindness.

Jeff B. from Haleiwa, HI (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been going to Dr. Takai since 2010 when I first moved to Honolulu. Dr. Takai and his staff are so amazing I keep going even after I moved to  the North Shore 7 years ago. The trip across the island is well worth it. Dr. Takai is patient, kind, considerate, and super knowledgeable. I always feel like it’s a friend giving me dental advice. His staff are courteous and good at what they do. I would highly recommend if you’re in the market for a dentist. Thank you Dr. Takai for all you do!

Kana O. from Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


I have nothing but great things to say about Dr. Takai and his staff that I’ve been seeing for 6-7 years. I should’ve wrote this sooner! Everyone is super nice and helpful. I always feel welcomed. My most recent visit was with Masami to get my teeth cleaned. She is very thorough, helpful, passionate and informative! She also found a spot I need to watch out for and how to care for. I look forward to my next visit.

Sean R. from Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Takai and Dr Weiss are the best dentistry team I have ever had.  There staff is phenomenal, highly educated and willing to share knowledge to improve your overall dental health.  I am really impressed by their use of state of the art technology to ensure you are getting the best and most current technology out there.  I am very pleased with the results I have gotten over many years.  Thank you Kahala Dentist ‘Ohana!!

CE L. from Downtown, Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


After trying out a couple of other dental offices, I am so happy I finally found this one. Dr. Takai is personable, unhurried, and informative. He takes the time to explain what he sees and the reasoning behind his treatment plans. Questions are welcome. Everyone on staff is friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. They are a cohesive and warm group who make the dental experience pleasant and hassle-free. Additionally, the office itself is clean and modern, in a convenient location, and (from my experience) wait times are minimal. Would recommend this dental practice to anyone!

Cat N. from Kaneohe, HI (Source: Yelp)


As a new patient, Dr. Derek Takai and his staff really made me feel comfortable and at ease.  Cherene and Toni at reception are the BEST!  They are so welcoming and very helpful, especially when dealing with my dental insurance.  His dental assistant Julie, kept me comfortable during my procedure.  I would definitely recommend Dr. Derek Takai for ALL your dental needs!

Suzanne M. from Hawaii Kai, Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


I had a bad experience at another dental clinic and was looking for a second opinion on a procedure and hoping for a dentist that I would be happy to continue seeing – Dr. Takai and his staff were amazing and so kind. After talking with him and getting a referral for oral surgery to another great doctor he works with, I am so happy to know that I found a dentist that I trust. He explains things so clearly and is very friendly. I highly recommend this office.

Kelvin K. from Hawaii Kai, Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Derek Takai is an awesome dentist. He is very professional, skillful, quick, friendly and truly cares about his patients. His technique when giving injections of local anesthesia is exceptional. I usually hate getting injections but when Dr. Takai administers an injection, I barely feel it. Next thing i know, my mouth is numb. His office staff, Cherene and Toni are also very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. They are very accommodating with setting up my appointments and often help me find a good date and time that fit into my schedule. They are fun to talk to too! I highly recommend Dr. Derek Takai for your primary dentist.

Anthony V. from Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Derek Takai has given me a better smile . He has worked on my molars which were damaged because of brushing too hard. My molars are now even at the gum line. He has also replaced my ugly worn silver filling with white enamel and now I’m having him insert my front tooth that will fill a gap that I’ve had for a long time. Now my wife is kissing me again. Big MAHALOs to Derek Takai and his friendly staff!!!!

G S. from Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


Highly EXCEPTIONAL Dental practice! From the first phone call to scheduling an appointment, greeted by friendly staff, timely exam/treatment was OUTSTANDING! I’ve had three visits since, and have been very satisfied. Office Manager Cherene was always very warm, caring, and compassionate. Julie assisted Dr. Takai with my dreaded procedure…she made me feel relaxed and comfortable. Dr.Takai treats you like family, as if knowing him for years. Dr. Takai is very detailed and thorough in exams/explanations. Highly knowledgeable in the expertise of dentistry.

Gerald G. from Waimanalo, HI (Source: Yelp)


The dental office of Dr. Derek N. Takai is a model of what every dental office should be. I recently had a medical issue that was affected by my dental care history and required clearance from Dr. Takai. The situation was complicated by medical insurance considerations. Nevertheless, the entire team at Derek N. Takai, DDS sprang into action immediately to resolve the situation in a very timely manner and in my best interest. This is only one example of how the team at Derek N. Takai, DDS goes “above and beyond.” Add to this (1) an attractive office with top-of-the-line medical equipment, (2) a team of highly-skilled, caring technical and administrative personnel, (3) exceptional dental care, and (4) a warm, reassuring atmosphere and you have unsurpassed excellence. What more could anyone ask for from a dental office?

Mic M. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


From the courteous front desk staff, to the knowledgeable dental hygienists, and the dentist, Dr. Takai, himself, everyone is VERY professional and always goes above and beyond.  I always had anxiety whenever I visited the dentist in the past; however, I can’t believe that I actually look forward to my dental appointments now!  Dr. Takai always explains every aspect of a procedure whenever I need dental work done and I am always put at ease, with absolutely no pressure.  I always receive an explanation of payments and insurance coverage of dental work prior to the procedure. I love the email/text reminders about my upcoming appointments since my life is so hectic!  I would definitely recommend Dr. Takai to anyone who is in need of dental work or cleaning.

Perry W. from Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


I have been going to Dr. Takai for years, first having met him before he took over Bill Vogt’s practice. He and everyone in his office is extremely caring and professional. His and his staff’s sharp eyes, practiced hands, good judgement, and high technology have kept my seven-decade old teeth intact. With the recent whitening they helped me with,  I can even say that they are now gleaming.  Good job!

Jen K. from Honomu, HI (Source: Yelp)


I have been going to Dr. Takai for years and continue to fly over from the Big Island for  cleanings/dental work since I moved 4 years ago. The staff is friendly and professional and know me when I walk in the door. Dr. Takai will also call me a few days after my appointments to make sure everything is ok. I have really sensitive teeth and trust that they will clean my teeth pain free:). I highly recommend Dr. Takai and the staff in this office. Oh, and they are open on Saturdays now! So great! Love coming here!

Corey L. from Urban Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


I used to hate going to the dentist when I was young, so my visits would be limited to when I experienced pain. That always meant something invasive had to be done, which usually comes with a lot of anxiety. I started going to Dr. Takai’s office a few years ago for a fractured tooth. Dr. Takai is awesome. He’s funny, relatable, and makes you feel comfortable even though you’re on the verge of having so much work done in your mouth, there’s barely anything real in there any more! I’ve spent so much money on my mouth, even with dual dental coverage, that I could probably have had that mommy makeover I always wanted! I guess dental work takes priority. That fractured tooth led to an implant. I also have 2 root canals + crowns, and I think I may have had to change most of my old leaky fillings. (I lost track). I am actually going in for my third crown today. Moral of the story: don’t wait too long, people. Christine is the most gentle dental hygienist ever. She always asks me if I’m doing ok when she’s cleaning my teeth and has so much patience. She takes the time to explain how to properly clean/floss your teeth and provides education regarding the importance of fluoride and prevention. I actually look forward to having my teeth cleaned every six months!! Front desk staff Tony and Sharene (sp?) are welcoming and helpful. They make sure you know what your estimated total is when you make the appointment so there are no surprises. I like Dr. Takai and his staff so much that even the amount I’m spending doesn’t give me anxiety anymore Highly recommend!!!

D T. from Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Takai and his staff are not only professional, efficient, personable, and helpful with any issues you may have getting dental treatments. They go out of their way to get you the dental treatment that you need. I had a complicated work injury that required several complicated treatments. I couldn’t find any other dentist or oral surgeon that was willing to help me. My employer’s insurance company also made it very difficult to get what I needed to be fixed, which went on for the past 4 years. Dr. Takai and his staff were extremely helpful because they worked with the insurance company and my employer to ensure that I got my dental needs met. I recommend Dr. Takai and his staff for all your dental needs.

Junko L. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


Professional, friendly and honest, Derek Takai gets my highest recommendation. Dr. Takai welcomes questions and explains everything clearly. He is always thinking how best to serve his patients. I persuaded my husband to switch, too, as I knew that he would get the best of care, expertly performed. He sees Dr. Weiss and he was very impressed. I also want to write about the amazing dental hygienists they have on staff. Each one brings their strengths, and always professional and extremely skilled. It’s funny, but I enjoy going to the dentist’s office since I’ve been going to Dr. Takai! Even the office staff is top notch and lovely! Junko

Walter Ozawa (Source: Facebook)


My decades-old experiences with dentists would normally make me very dentist-averse, but I actually look forward to going to Derek Takai! Friendly family-like greetings by front office staff, chatting with dental techs, professional and personal attention by everyone, not just Derek make for a pleasant experience! HIs soft touch, and efficient and caring work are really appreciated. Personal follow up calls by Derek to ensure everything is well with me is a positive plus! Scale of 10? Easy answer: 10, it is!

Judd K. from Urban Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


I highly recommend Dr. Takai and his entire staff. Everyone is friendly and efficient, and the practice is well-run (very little waiting). Dr. Takai has been my dentist for many years, and I feel like I have the best dentist in town –whether it’s a check-up, cleaning, an emergency, or restorative/cosmetic work. Dr. Takai is patient, and happy to take extra time to answer questions. I’ve been treated by most the the hygienists there, and they’ve been uniformly great. (A shout-out to my current hygienist, Masami, who is wonderful.)  Go see Dr. Takai; you’ll be glad you did!

Antonio Garzon (Source: Google)


Visited today for teeth whitening tray impressions and LIZA made the experience quick and easy. Dr. Weiss and Takai are great Dentists, all of the employees are kind and accommodating. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a new dentist, to visit this office. A+

Rae M. from Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Takai and his staff are amazing! Casual, relaxing environment but professional at the same time. Had a cleaning done here and the hygienist was very thorough and did a great job. I also needed a few fillings fixed- Dr. Takai and his assistant were awesome. Super friendly place and they make you feel comfortable. Highly recommend!

N R. from Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


The front desk is always really friendly and helpful in scheduling appointments and checking you in. The appointments normally start on time but the great thing is if they are running behind, they will call in advance to let you know to come in a bit later. I have seen Dr. Takai for almost a decade now for anything from cleanings to crowns and have been more than happy with his work. He is conservative in the work he performs and always talks you through the options and procedures so you feel comfortable knowing exactly what will be done. I have had a history of issues with work performed by other dentist. Whenever I hear someone share a similar experience, I always recommend Dr. Takai and his staff to them. After your first appointment, you will never want to see another dentist!

Pam B. from Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


Aloha! I am very pleased with my first experience at the Kahala Dentist office of Dr Takai and Dr Weiss. The office staff, Shareen and Toni were warm, friendly and informative when first calling to make my appointment and continued on my arrival. I have HMSA which will be accepted by Dr Weiss in January. Toni had the insurance forms prepared and ready to mail (which she mailed for me) before I even left the office. HMSA will then reimburse me directly. Super nice that Toni took this on even though the office has been paid and not being reimbursed! Masumi, the hygenist was super professional, poised, unhurried and extremely thorough. My teeth and mouth feel amazing! Masumi did a nice job recommending flossing and brushing maintenance tips for best outcomes! Masumi also did the full xrays. I also noticed how Masumi kept the work area clean and sanitized before and after my use. Dr Weiss was excellent! Dr Weiss is easy to communicate with and feel she is current with recommended best dental care practices. I am very comfortable with Dr Weiss and her recommendations.The office was clean, nice natural lighting with large windows, and comfortable dental chairs.The overall experience makes going to the dentist more comfortable. Mahalo!

Tyler S. from Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


Finally a GREAT dentist in paradise! Toni in the front office was very welcoming and energetic. The dental assistant was a gem. I told an awful joke and no one laughed so Julie told one just to make me feel better, lol. But the real experience came from the dentist- Lauren. You could tell there was no assembly line of patients going on here. My experience at three other dental offices over the last eight years have been, well… subpar. Lauren took the time to walk through any concerns and actually had her own input besides the old “yup,everything looks good” I get from other dentists after looking at my teeth for 5 seconds. Highly recommend this office if you’ve felt like just a number at other dentists.

Mary H. from Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Takai is a great dentist. His technology is cutting edge. He was able to take a pictures of my entire mouth, combine them and rotate the image in 3D to show me my teeth. The crown I had replaced fits perfectly! My entire family uses this dental office. The receptionists are very helpful and always answer the phone. The staff are very kind. Great place for a routine cleaning, not heavy handed. The office itself is very clean with really great views inside the dental chair and beautiful art to occupy your thoughts while your getting your treatment done. 5 Stars

Thane M. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been a patient of Dr. Takai’s for some years, and continue to be impressed by his professional approach, friendly demeanor, and great staff and colleagues. Among the many not-so-small details: the worst part of any procedure is often the shot of anesthesia. In the bad old days, dentists would simply jab us with a horrifically long needle and shoot away, causing no small discomfort and pain. Dr. Takai has an exceptional approach: he deadens the area with a topical, which reduces the immediate pain; he slowly applies pressure to release the anesthesia; and he counts down from ten, to give the patient a sense of how long they have to hold out. (An old Navy SEAL advice: if I drop you in the middle of the ocean and tell you I’ll be back in twelve minutes, chances are good you’ll hang in there…but if I just leave you, chances are good you’ll simply drown right away. Expectations are important.) For this reason alone he should be featured among dentists as to how to conduct a basic procedure. Finally, as I happen to have some resistance to the anesthesia, he is especially careful to apply more, with a neutralizer, and check on the progress. A hearty mahalo to Dr. Takai and his equally fine staff.

Nancy A. from Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


I recently changed dentists after 35 years, as it was becoming more difficult to schedule even a routine cleaning appointment due to my busy schedule. Dr. Takai and his staff not only accommodated me with a PROMPT appointment, but provided me with SUCH a wonderful dentist experience in every way! His updated equipment was able to detect several issues with my teeth that my other dentist had missed! Dr. Weiss (Dr. Takai`s Associate Dentist) was so pleasant and thorough, as she answered all of my questions. The kindness and professionalism of his staff made me feel welcome and instantly comfortable. I am THRILLED to have found this NEW dental team, and even look forward to my next visit!

Cathy S. from Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


I’ve reviewed Derek and his staff before, but almost every visit reminds me how exceptional his practice is. Today’s visit was another highlight. I am always treated as a valued member of his dental practrice by everyone there. Today was no exception. I had some major work done, but major or minor, Derek and Toni and Julie and Cherene and Cynthia and Christine and all his valued staff make you feel valued, at home, and totally cared for. Thank you for taking such wonderful care of my family and me!

Corey P. from Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Takai and his staff were all very welcoming and professional. They greeted me as if I had been their patient for years. I had a bad experience as a kid which has made me somewhat resistant to the dentist chair but Dr. Takai was very personable and easy going. I came in with a chipped tooth and I was in and out before I knew it. He didn’t try to pressure me into scheduling another appointment for a cleaning or anything unnecessary. He listened to my issue and fixed the problem. I’m still not in love with the dentist office but I’m not dreading my next visit! Thank you Dr. Takai and office staff!