Winam Hair Studio, Kaimuki, Oahu

A Honolulu Dentist gets style!  Terrance Cleveland DDS

Winam WallForbes reports that 2011 research by Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital concludes that people assess your competence and trustworthiness in a quarter of a second… based upon how you look!  In a related study by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, the founding president of the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) in New York, your superiors must perceive you as having excellent communication skills as well as a polished appearance.  In the CTI researcher’s interviews with over 4,000 college-educated professionals and 268 senior executives, Grooming emerged as the TOP physical trait that employees are being judged on.  According to the research, good grooming habits – is a professional’s most important physical asset. Affordable Honolulu Dentist, Best Honolulu Dentist

Dr Cleveland CutAs your Honolulu Dentist,  I know that healthy teeth make beautiful smiles.   Your smile is one of the first things people notice.  This study points out that a professional “polish” ALSO includes your hair.. a hairstyle verses a haircut.   So off I go to my favorite stylist;  Hillary Juliette , owner/operator of  Winam Hair Studio in Kaimuki.  Honolulu Best Dentist, Painless Dentist,                    

Winam CounterOne of Hawaii’s rising stars,   Winam Studio was recently listed by Elle magazine as one of the “top 100 salons in the United States in it’s August 2012 issue.  A  recent article in Honolulu’s Midweek  highlights her “green cut” which takes a half hour to complete and is environmentally friendly.  This waterless cut is a viable option.  It allows Hillary to see how the hair “lives” on each individuals head. 

“When I first met Dr. Cleveland, he was sporting a do-it-yourself buzz.  You know, the get out of water, run a towel… and pau.  His hair had serious issues.  Dr. Cleveland’s hair is typical Asian… as it was growing out, his hair would stand up straight, and we would get this tennis ball head!  I wanted to create a look that would fit with his active life style, and still be professional for a dentist.” says Hillary. “Over several sessions, we worked together to create a great look. He has such a cool vibe. He is approachable and has such a great personality.  To me, he is the Jack Johnson of the dental world… I want that reflected in his style.”

Dr Cleveland StyleOk, I admit that pre-Hillary, my hair was hilahila, but I am converted.   What is great about her is that she takes the time to get to know you, and creates a personal look that works, and is reflective of who you are.  It is all about the conversation, and relationship.  Hillary grew up in Kapahulu before heading to Oakland and around the country for training… so she gets the “local” culture, yet can bring an “edginess” to her styles.  Appointments are easy with her online appointment scheduling system and her hours work well for before work since she will come in as early as 5:30am.  She is fun too, and did I mention great teeth?   “A great style and beautiful smile…. These both play a big role in appearance and health” says Hillary.  “Dr. Cleveland does my teeth, I work his hair.   It’s a mutual thing.”

Sheba JulietteReceptionist Queen Sheva will greet you at Winam Hair Studio which is located at 1130 Koko Head Avenue.  The studio is open Monday through Thursday from 5:30 am to 3 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 6 am to 3 pm.  Prices range from $35 to $45 for a haircut, $85 for a cut and gloss or color, and $125 to $135 for a haircut, color and highlights.  Check out what customers say on YELP:


Dr TJ2Dr. Terrance Cleveland practices General Dentistry in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Besides Dentistry, Dr. Cleveland loves to share stories of the special people and places that make Hawaii so amazing.  If you have a story that needs to be told please contact us at, follow him on Twitter,  and on Facebook



Poke Run! Azama Fish Market, Waipahu, Oahu

A Honolulu DAzama Storeentist on a Poke Run !!!

As a dentist, I stress preventative care and maintenance.  Good oral care is important to your overall health, and healthy teeth make beautiful smiles.  But also important; teeth play a mighty significant role in achieving maximum gastronomical enjoyment!  The textures and flavors of azama caseHawaii’s regional cuisine are best enjoyed with problem free teeth.  “Through the lips, past the gums… look out stomach here it comes!”  Notice that no mention is even made of the teeth; when our teeth are healthy, we don’t even notice them…. we just concentrate on the enjoyment of eating.  That is the way it should be. Honolulu Dentist

CuttlefishGrowing up in Hawaii, one of my favorite snacks was dried cuttlefish.  Chewy and delicious.  You could find it at the ‘crack seed’ store in jars, or in little plastic packages at Longs.  I just fell in love again.  Azama Fish Market in Waipahu offers this by the pound.  It is FRESH, and MOIST and CHEWY and SOFT all at the same time, indescribable.  Oh and did I say tasty?  My mouth waters just to think of it.   This delectable treat is best eaten with healthy teeth!  Affordable Honolulu Dentist

One of Hawaii’s favorite and very well-known food is poke (pronounce “poh-kay”).  You lg pokecannot attend a gathering of local folk without a few bowls of this appetizer offered.  Poke means “cut piece” or “small piece” in Hawaiian, and is usually small pieces of raw fish or seafood mixed with various seasoning.   My favorites are the spicy ahi, and tako poke.  The tako poke, made from octopus is tender, yet chewy and mildly spicy with a crunch of fresh cucumbers.  The spicy ahi, creamy and flavorful, a perfect accompaniment to rice or a cold beer.   It will make you moan aloud it is so good. 

When I am heading to a party, or just get a craving, I make a “poke run” to Azama Fish staticmapMarket in Waipahu.  One of Oahu’s hidden treasures, Azama’s is simple and unassuming, but packs incredible flavor in its poke.  Try the spicy ahi poke and the tako poke.  The prices are reasonable, the product is fresh, and the people are friendly. 

   Faye Azama Azama Fish Market is owned by Kitoshi Azama.  Originally from Okinawa, Kitoshi opened his first fish market at Oahu Market, Chinatown.  He also is the owner of K. Azama Fish Wholesale  in Palolo    1403A 10th Avenue.  Honolulu, Hawaii  96816.  where he offers Chinese Fish cake, Dry Aku, and LauLau.  OH.. and he also carries my new love.. dry cuttlefish at this Palolo location.  This family run business relies on word of mouth and the quality of its’ product to keep its customers coming back again and again.  It’s a strategy that works.  Faye, who is part of our dental team at the office at 1580 Makaloa #940, Honolulu, Hawaii  96814 introduced us to the market.   This Honolulu dentist is hooked.  You will be too.  Keep those teeth healthy, you will need them for a POKE RUN!!   Call us at 941-2911 for an appointment today.   HoConolulu Dentist Ala Moana

Dr TJ2Dr. Terrance Cleveland practices General Dentistry in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Besides Dentistry, Dr. Cleveland loves to share stories of the special people and places that make Hawaii so amazing.  If you have a story that needs to be told please contact us at, follow him on Twitter,  and on Facebook


Honolulu Dentist does Molokai

I was on Molokai this week for the first time to work at the Molokai Community Health Center– Dental Clinic.  From Oahu it is a short plane ride, and incredibly beautiful, so I wondered why I never went before.  To get there I took a flight on Mokulele Airlines.  Small 9 seater.  It was fast- 20 minutes. No hassles, no long lines.   That should have been a clue of more to come.  

Molokai Community Health Center- Dental Clinic

The Molokai Community Health Center (MCHC) strives to provide accessible health care for the island of Molokai with respect and aloha.  Dental health services are provided by a full time Dental Director, Dental Hygienist, several assistants, and a Dental Receptionist.  Dental hygiene and patient education of dental care are among the priorities of the staff.   I was fortunate enough to be able to participate and see the good work they do first hand this last week by filling in for the director who was off island.  The dental clinic was busy attending to people of all ages, from children to seniors.  We were fully booked each day I was there!  One concern of mine was the amount of dental disease in the youngest patients.  One child at 16 months had the condition referred to as “baby bottle caries”.  This term refers to the pattern of decay in baby teeth caused by allowing infants to sleep with their bottle containing milk or juices etc.  Sadly, Hawaii has a higher incidence of this decay as compared to children on the mainland.

In the “State of Children’s Dental Health: Making Coverage Matter”, the PEW Center on the States gave Hawaii an “F” for its performance in the area of children’s dental health.   Hawaii was the worst overall performer among the fifty states and the District of Columbia.  Auwe!

I was proud to be able to provide care.  The Molokai Community Health Center- Dental Clinic’s priority of education and adoption of good dental hygiene habits, habits are so important to having good oral health.  As a preventative dentist, I also emphasize regular dental cleanings and exams, consistent home care, consisting of tooth brushing, flossing and rinses, and timely intervention for any dental issues.

Kamehameha V Highway (Highway 450)

Molokai is quiet, remote, and beautiful.  It is most famous for the Kalaupapa Leper Settlement, and Father Damien who recently achieved sainthood for the work he did for the people of Molokai.  There is a mule trip that you can take down to visit the historic Settlement that I did not take this time.  Instead, I chose to explore Highway 450 to East Maui.

We planned to head out to Halawa Park at the very end of the road.  Before the trip, we were advised to stop at the Saint Joseph’s Church in Kamalo, established by Father Damien, and sign the guestbook.  It is the second oldest church in Molokai, and worth a stop.  Thus fortified, we were on our way.  I was reminded of the ‘road to Hana’ another famous Hawaii road on Maui.  Highway 450 was curvy, narrow and scary with speeds of 20 miles per hour or less in some areas, and seemed to take forever.  In fact, the trip from Kaunakakai took an hour and a half, but was not very far! 

Highway 450 was scenic and definitely worth the trip.  Along the way we passed the Pu’u O Hoku Ranch which is a beautiful resort that you can visit and also stay at.   Keep on going though, and you will be rewarded with Halawa Bay.   This beach park was definitely worth the drive.  We couldn’t stay long as it was getting dark. Next time we will start early, and bring a picnic lunch!

Back to Honolulu

I enjoyed my week, but back to Oahu and my Honolulu dental officeI could tell that the need for dental care was great in Molokai and am so grateful for the opportunity.  It was such a great feeling to be doing what I love, providing dental care, in such a beautiful almoana