Derek Takai, D.D.S.

Specialty: General Dentistry

4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 210 • Honolulu, HI 96816 • (808) 732-1424 •



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 served as a faculty member of the University of Washington School of Dentistry and taught implants and restorative dentistry.


What Sets You Apart?

I practice skilled and compassionate dentistry. I always call my patients a day or two following every dental procedure, to check on their overall well being. I believe 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 promotes a strong doctor-patient relationship and contributes to improved health outcomes by ensuring that the patients’ dental needs are clearly understood and their priorities 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.