Welcome to
The Smiling Place!

Welcome to The Smiling Place, where incredible smiles are created! We are a leading and award-winning dental practice conveniently located in Royal Kunia and Ewa Beach, Hawaii faithfully serving Hawaii’s families since 1978. Drs. Chadron S. Araki, Jennifer H. Hirota and Shaileen M.Y. Araki provide compassionate, friendly and personalized dental care for the whole family.
In addition to routine cleanings and thorough exams, we offer an array of dental services to meet your needs, including tooth-colored fillings, wisdom teeth extractions, crowns, bridges, root canals, dentures, laser dentistry, tooth whitening, and veneers. Our dentists can replace one or more missing teeth using dental implants. As an alternative to traditional braces, we offer orthodontic treatment using customized, virtually invisible Invisalign® aligners. Using the state-of-the-art VELscope system, our dentists can visualize oral mucosal abnormalities that might not be apparent or even visible to the naked eye.
Why Choose The Smiling Place?

At The Smiling Place, we offer complete dental treatment options for the entire family! We put our patients’ needs first, and strive to deliver top-notch, gentle dental care.

Our Experience

Drs. Araki and Hirota have many years of experience delivering the highest quality, patient-centered care. Drs. Araki and Hirota have been recognized as Top Dentists in Honolulu Magazine.

Individual Treatment

Although we are a large practice, we value each patient and strive to provide personalized care. In our office, you’re more than just a number – you’re part of our dental family!

Convenient Location

We are conveniently located in Waipahu. There is also plenty of free parking.

Office Hours

Our dentists see patients throughout the week and we’re open on Saturday.

Caring & Skilled Staff

Our team consists of professional, caring dentists, thorough and gentle hygienists, as well as friendly and competent assistants and front office staff.

Comprehensive Treatment

In addition to routine cleanings and exams, we offer a broad range of dental services, including tooth-colored fillings, wisdom teeth extractions, bridges, dental implants, and orthodontic treatment using Invisalign® clear aligners.


Our experienced dentists are dedicated to delivering optimum treatment results using advanced technology.

Chadron S. Araki, D.D.S.

Dr. Chadron Araki is the owner of The Smiling Place. After attending the University of Hawaii he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 2001. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Hawaii Dental Association, and the Honolulu County Dental Society.

Dr. Araki enjoys volunteering with the Friends of Grace medical and dental mission teams in Myanmar, serving orphans, refugees and students. He lectures at oral health and career days held at local schools. He serves Calvary Church of the Pacific as an elder and is also on the Hawaii AWANA Ministry team.

Dr. Araki can often be found at dental conventions around the country, taking classes to learn about new techniques or practices, and looking for new and improved products to benefit The Smiling Place patients.

Jennifer H. Hirota, D.D.S.

Dr. Hirota has practiced dentistry since 2005. She received a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency in Honolulu. Dr. Hirota is a member of the American Dental Association and Hawaii Dental Association.

Shaileen M.Y. Araki, D.D.S.

Shaileen Araki is a member of the American Dental Association, Hawaii Dental Association, and the Honolulu County Dental Society.

She attended Pensacola Christian College in Florida, earning her undergraduate degree in Biology, and then went on to Creighton University in Nebraska where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She enjoys volunteering her time on dental mission trips to under-served countries and hopes to annually volunteer if her father gives her vacation time off. She has also volunteered her time at One World Community Dentistry in Nebraska, Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and Project Homeless at Creighton University.

Ready for an

Nothing exudes beauty and confidence like a bright, vibrant smile, and at The Smiling Place, we believe that everyone deserves to experience the life-altering benefits of a radiant, healthy smile. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.


We can assist patients with emergencies Monday through Saturday during regular office hours. Please view our helpful tips for managing common dental emergencies.