Quality Care for the Whole 'Ohana!
Aiea Family Dental provides complete dental care, which means we perform evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of disease and disorders of the teeth. And, we do this in a gentle, caring environment, with the latest technology.
Committed to Dental Excellence
Dr. Jay T. Kanegawa, DMD
Dr. Jay T. Kanegawa is a second-generation dentist practicing at Aiea’s first dental practice established in 1954 by his father. As a graduate of Temple University School of Dentistry, Dr. Kanegawa is proud to be continuing a family tradition of providing gentle, family-oriented dental care.
Dr. Kanegawa was born and raised in Hawaii. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at Troop 147 in Alvah Scott Elementary School. He is a graduate of Hanahauoli School, Punahou School, Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and Temple University Dental School. He comes from a long line of dentists. Most notably:
- Dr Howard K. Maesaka was Hawaii’s first graduate of Indiana University and started Wahiawa’s first dental practice and mentored a number of dental school graduates from Temple University and Indiana University.
- Dr Gilbert T Kanegawa extablished Aiea’s first dental practice.
- Dr Ray K Maesaka taught at Indiana Dental School for over 40 years and received an excellence in teaching award from Indiana University.
Dr. Kanegawa has served on the boards of the following organizations: Association of Hanahauoli Alumni (former President), Punahou Alumni Association, Hawaii Dental Service (Delta Dental) (former Chairman of the Board), The New Dentist Committee of Hawaii Dental Association (former Chair). The Health Committee of Hawaii Dental Association (former Chair), and Kick Start Hawaii.
Dr. Kanegawa has a number of interests. He is a big foodie and worked at Williams Sonoma for over 14 and a half years. He rides his Peloton bike religiously, is a devoted father and husband and proud owner of a demanding but cute Tibetan Terrier.
Dr. Susan Shiroma, DDS
Dr. Susan Shiroma was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and is a 2015 graduate of Punahou School. While in high school, she participated in Air Riflery, the debate team, and became a National Merit Scholar. Always interested in helping others and excelling in the sciences, her passion for caring for people combined with her love of crafting jewelry and inspired her to study dentistry.
Dr. Susan went on to college at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where she volunteered for Operation Smile and organized supply drives and fundraisers to donate cleft lip surgeries for children in third world countries. She also visited Stockton elementary schools and the homeless shelter to teach children basic science through chemistry experiments. In addition to her volunteering, Dr. Susan graduated from college summa cum laude in three years with a biology degree.
She then attended University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Her favorite part of dental school was meeting other people from Hawaii and talking story. Graduating with honors, Dr. Susan then returned to Hawaii and attended the Kokua Kalihi Valley advanced education in general dentistry program. This residency program provided her with valuable experience and insights while serving the Kalihi community. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, playing piano, surfing, paddle boarding, hiking, and traveling.
Dr. Susan strives to provide comfortable dental care that aligns with her patients’ specific goals and to improve their health. She is proud to be a part of Dr. Jay’s team and will work hard to give every patient the best experience possible!