A preschool student gets her teeth cleaned by Dental Hygienist Michele Tui. The HDS Foundation funded this pilot teledentistry project at West Hawaii Community Health Center, developed in collaboration with the Hawaii Department of Health and the University of the Pacific

Hawaii Dental Service Foundation


The HDS Foundation was established by Hawaii Dental Service (HDS) to improve the oral health of Hawaii’s communities by providing grants to local nonprofit organizations for initiatives that provide oral health education, prevent oral disease, and increase access to dental care for underserved populations.


As the first and leading nonprofit dental benefits provider in the State, HDS serves nearly one million Hawaii residents. The HDS Foundation has contributed more than $5 million in grants, since it was established in 1986, to vital programs and services that help Hawaii’s underserved, many of whom do not have dental insurance, or do not have access to dental care. Grants for programs and services include:

  • Hamakua Health Center (hamakua-health.org) – For the re-opening of the Tooth Bus to provide dental services for underserved children in the North Hawaii region.
  • Hawaii Children’s Action Network (hawaii-can.org) – For oral screenings for 2,700 Head Start and Early Head Start keiki; including oral health education and referral services for children with untreated tooth decay.
  • Hui No Ke Ola Pono (hnkop.org) – Funding for dental equipment to expand services at the Wailuku and Hana dental clinics.
  • Kalihi-Palama Health Center (kphc.org) – To improve access to care for pregnant women and WIC clients, oral screenings for students at Ka‘iulani & Likelike Elementary schools, and oral health education at community fairs.
  • Lanai Community Health Center (lanaicommunityhealthcenter.org) – Funding for dental equipment and dental outreach at school and community events.
  • Shriners Hospital for Children (shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/honolulu) For a part-time Community Dental Health Coordinator to schedule and coordinate all dental under sedation cases.
  • University of the Pacific (dental.pacific.edu) – Third year of funding for the Virtual Dental Home system of care. Expansion of the demonstration project to Maui and inclusion of an elder population in a nursing home environment.
  • West Hawaii Community Health Center (westhawaiichc.org) - For expansion  of dental services in Waikoloa. The new dental clinic will serve both children and adults.



Mason Savage, DDS, Chair
Charles Sugiyama, DDS, Vice Chairperson
Emi Eno Orikasa, DDS, President
Mark H. Yamakawa, Vice President
Cheryl Takitani-Smith, Treasurer
Tom Delaney, Secretary


Mark H. Yamakawa, President & CEO

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