Hawaii Dental Service (HDS)
HDS, Hawaii’s first and largest dental benefits plan, was established 50 years ago with just one full-time employee in an office no larger than 300 square feet in the old Alexander Young Building in downtown Honolulu. It officially opened for business on June 28, 1962.
FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE ISLANDS
This year, HDS celebrates its 50th anniversary, thanks to a group of 15 pioneering, local dentists. Their persistence created a profession-sponsored dental service corporation providing affordable dental care for the community, starting first with the children of Hawaii’s stevedores. From the beginning, HDS was committed to working with the dental profession and to providing good oral health.
Through a lot of hard work over the years, HDS today is the preferred choice of Hawaii residents and their employers. Providing dental benefits of the highest quality, service and value are pivotal components of its business. HDS has become a household name in the Islands, serving more than half a million Hawaii residents.
LARGEST DENTIST NETWORK
More than 95 percent of Hawaii’s licensed, practicing dentists participate with HDS. It is the largest network of dentists in the state. Through the years, HDS has also grown its network to include the majority of the licensed dentists in Guam and Saipan, and through its association with Delta Dental provides coverage for its members nationwide.
LOCAL CUSTOMER SERVICE
The HDS team provides friendly, local customer service for members and dentists. For the past eight years, HDS has earned an “Excellent” rating from A.M. Best, which evaluates and rates insurance companies not only on customer service, but also on operating performance, depth and experience of the management team, and financial stability. And 9 out 10 members and dental offices also rate HDS’s service as excellent.
COMMITTED TO THE COMMUNITY
HDS strives to continually expand access to dental care to the greatest number of Hawaii residents, including the underserved. One of the ways HDS fulfills this obligation is through the HDS Foundation which provides grants to other nonprofit organizations that focus their programs on oral health education and provide dental care in underserved communities throughout the state.
“Our commitment to improve the oral health of Hawaii’s families is as strong as ever,” said Faye Kurren, president and CEO of HDS. “HDS looks forward to continuing to advance solutions for great oral health for our employer groups, participating dentists and HDS members for years to come.”
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