Hawaii’s Women in Dentistry

Learn what makes these wahine dentists leaders in their field


The Power of a Smile

The power and influence that arise from conveying a genuine smile.

The business women’s orthodontist. – Malia K. Pietsch Kamisugi, D.D.S., M.S.D.

A genuine smile, conveys three things about you: (1) I’m glad to be here. (2) I know what I’m talking about. (3) I love what I’m doing.

Our HI Smile Ohana is committed to quality innovative orthodontics.  Driven by Aloha. Together, we will create life changing smiles.  We use a collaborative approach built on a foundation of communication, trust and mutual respect.”

One of the few Board-Certified orthodontists, Dr. Malia is a graduate of the University of the Pacific with D.D.S. in dentistry and M.S.D. in the speciality of orthodontics and has more than 17 years of private practice experience.

Dr. Malia Pietsch Kamisugi, welcomes you to outstanding orthodontic care. We are a practice that understands the power and influence a genuine smile can have on your success.

I have been using Hi Smile for the last 16 months. As an adult braces client I can only attest to the great service, friendly atmosphere, knowledgeable staff/technicians and the tremendous results I experienced! I am a completely satisfied customer with new found confidence, better health and a perfect smile! Thank You Team Hi Smile!

– Steven M.

HI Smile
1060 Young Street, Suite 201, Honolulu, HI 96814
40 Aulike Street, Suite 214, Kailua, HI 96734

(808) 523-2402    email: info@hismile.com  www.hismile.com



Cherie C. Uchida, DDS

Specialty: Pediatric Dentistry

Motivated by the desire to ensure healthy smiles for Hawaii’s youth, Dr. Cherie Uchida obtained the best education and training with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, a post-graduate Specialty Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and became Board Certified which establishes her as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She was recently recognized as one of Honolulu Magazine’s Best Dentists by her peers and colleagues. 

Dr. Uchida works side-by-side with her father, Dr. Clyde Y. Uchida, and twin sister, Dr. Renee Uchida-Hashizume in two established office facilities specifically tailored for children, adolescents, and young adult dental needs with the latest dental technologies while still maintaining a child-friendly welcoming décor.

Dr. Uchida emphasizes education and prevention for her families and stresses the importance of establishing good oral health practices at an early age.  She is compassionate about providing excellent dental care in a fun and caring environment for Hawaii’s youth.


Kahala Mall 4211 Waialae Ave., #3070, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
Pearlridge Office 98-211 Pali Momi, #615, Aiea, Hawaii  96701
(808) 739-0878 | (808) 484-4459.



Renee C. Uchida-Hashizume, DDS

Specialty: Pediatric Dentistry

American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Certified, Specialty Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Dr. Renee Uchida-Hashizume has the training and education necessary to provide patients with the dental care that every parent expects for their child.

Dr. Uchida-Hashizume works alongside her father, Dr. Clyde Uchida, and twin sister, Dr. Cherie Uchida.  All three doctors are recognized as Honolulu Magazine’s Best Dentists. The doctors maintain two inviting offices that are equipped with the latest dental equipment and designed for young patients. The doctors strive to provide a fun and gentle environment so each and every patient has a positive and memorable dental experience.

Dr. Uchida-Hashizume supports the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s recommendation for first dental visits by the age of one.  She strives to help families prevent dental caries and ensure proper dental habits.  Dr. Uchida-Hashizume takes great pride in providing the best dental care for Hawaii’s children, adolescents and young adults.


Kahala Mall 4211 Waialae Ave., #3070, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
Pearlridge Office 98-211 Pali Momi, #615, Aiea, Hawaii  96701
(808) 739-0878 | (808) 484-4459



Candace M. Wada, DDS

We emphasize preventative care in our office,” says Dr. Candace Wada. “‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ is especially true in dentistry.”

Dr. Wada has been enthusiastically practicing dentistry for 33 years. In her family dental practice, located in the Kahala Mall Office Tower, she attends to the dental needs of every member of the family.

A gentle touch, keeping current with the latest technology—with, for example, equipment that makes same-day crowns possible and using digital dental x-rays to minimize radiation exposure to her patients—Dr. Wada’s restorative practice has kept patients referring their friends and family for years.

With an ever-growing practice, Dr. Wada is excited to have two new developments. First, her son, Dr. Robert Wada, has joined her practice, allowing for extended hours and more Saturday appointments. And, secondly, as the practice has outgrown its space, she is happy to announce that her office is expanding into the office of a neighboring dentist who is going to retire.

Dr. Wada makes time to give back as well through two programs near and dear to her heart, Donated Dental Services and Give Back a Smile, both of which have been personally rewarding to her to help others less fortunate.


Kahala Smile Professionals, LLC
Kahala Mall Office Tower, Suite 309
4211 Waialae Avenue Honolulu HI 96816
3 Kupuohi Street, #C103 Waipahu, Hawaii  96797

Phone: (808) 732-9232
Fax: (808) 739-2132



Lauren Jenni Imai, DDS, MS

Born in Honolulu and a graduate of Iolani School, Dr. Lauren Jenni Imai knew early on that her career interests focused on dentistry.  While in the combined, accelerated B.A./D.D.S. program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, she realized that her motivation was centered on the oral healthcare of children and adolescents.  She then pursued and completed a pediatric dentistry residency and a master of science (M.S) in oral and craniofacial sciences at the University of California-San Francisco.

As a pediatric dentist with two daughters, she especially values the importance of maintaining a positive attitude towards dentistry for all of her patients.  She also appreciates the unique aspect of the field of pediatric dentistry, which involves establishing a rapport with not only the child patient, but also his or her family as well. 

“Here at Pediatric Dental Group, I am so fortunate to work with such an amazing team, including Doctors David and Mark Sumikawa,” says Dr. Imai. “Each child’s oral health is the priority of our practice, and we work to create a foundation for a lifetime of oral wellbeing and, of course, a healthy smile!”

Lean more at www.pdghawaii.com


Pediatric Dental Group
1221 Kapiolani Blvd.  #1048 Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 593-8828 | www.pdghawaii.com

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