Reason to smile

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Dr. Joseph Chu, standing left, and Kauai Endontics dental assistant Brittney Kane, second from right, take time out from seeing patients to meet with Brenton Wong of Dentsply Shirona, seated left, and Kristy Oslund of Patterson Dental, right, who flew in from Oahu to help Chu with dental-care packages distributed during Chu’s free dental day for Valentine’s Wednesday.

LIHUE — Patients visiting Dr. Joseph Chu at Kauai Endontics had their work done Wednesday at no charge.

This is the ninth year that Chu has offered this service to his patients.

“I’ve been busy for nine years,” Chu said. “And more people are calling. This is just a little thing I can do to help people out.”

Chu’s gesture for Valentine’s Day did not go unnoticed, as some of his suppliers joined the effort, offering free dental goodie bags for his Valentine’s Day effort.

Brenton Wong of Dentsply Shirona and Kristy Oslund, of Patterson Dental, joined Chu in his Lihue office to distribute the care packages to patients leaving, following their free work.

“We’ve got some things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, some lip balm, and even candy,” said Oslund. “This might sound contradictory — candy from a dentist — but, it is Valentine’s Day, so it’s special.”


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or


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