Current MFM Fellows

Level 3

Nikki B. Kurata, MD
3rd year Fellow
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Department of OB/GYN
John A. Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawai’i

Hometown: Hilo, Hawaii
Undergraduate School: Pacific University
Medical School: University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Residency: University of Hawaii

Why did you choose the University of Hawaii to do your training?

I chose University of Hawaii for my fellowship training because I had also done my residency training here and I knew that the volume and breadth of cases would provide me with excellent training.  From my experience working with the MFM faculty as a resident, I knew that they would also be great teachers and mentors for my fellowship training.

What’s the best thing about being a resident/fellow at the University of Hawaii?

The best thing about being a fellow at University of Hawaii is the diverse patient population and the variety of cases that we get experience managing.

What are your some of your favorite local foods and places to eat?

My favorite local foods are acai bowls, sushi, poke bowls, and musubi. My favorite place for acai bowls is Island Vintage Coffee.  I like poke bowls from Fresh Catch and Ono Seafood and my favorite place for musubi is Got’z Grindz. I love sushi, and my choice of restaurant depends on whether I am going to eat it casually or whether I want to splurge.

How do you like to spend your off-time?

I like to do yoga and HIIT workouts.  I love trying unusual ice cream flavors as well as making my own ice cream.  I also enjoy doing happy hours with friends and going to the beach.

Level 2

Melanie Maykin MD
Melanie Maykin, MD
2nd year Fellow
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Department of OB/GYN
John A. Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawai’i

Hometown: Martinez, California
Undergraduate School: University of California, at Berkeley
Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Residency: UCSF

Why did you choose the University of Hawaii to do your training?

As ineloquent as this may be, I listened to my heart!

What’s the best thing about being a resident/fellow at the University of Hawaii?

Having the privilege to take care of and learn from the women of Hawaii. I am so humbled by our patients’ graciousness and have learned so much from them. Additionally, seeing each MFM attending pursue their individual passions (which are very different!) has been inspiring.

What are your some of your favorite local foods and places to eat?

Helena’s Hawaiian for the Pipikaula short ribs and butterfish, Ono Seafood for my favorite poke bowl,Tonkatsu Tamafuji for the best katsu, and Island Vintage’s Heavenly Lilikoi shave ice for dessert. Can you tell I like the food in Hawaii?

How do you like to spend your off-time?

Hiking, attempting to bodyboard at Waimanalo Beach, and enjoying the island breeze and rainbows.

Level 1

Kevin Saiki, MD
1st year Fellow
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Department of OB/GYN
John A. Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawai’i

Hometown: Bakersfield, California
Undergraduate School: Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California
Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT
Residency: University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Why did you choose the University of Hawaii to do your training?

I was looking for a fellowship that included high acuity, high volume, a place that would help me pursue my interest in global health, and a city I could imagine spending my post-residency years recovering and thriving. This fellowship has been everything I hoped for and more.

What’s the best thing about being a resident/fellow at the University of Hawaii?

Several things! My co-fellows, the high volume of maternal/fetal cases, the patients, the supportive faculty, and being out here in the sunny Pacific ocean.

What are your some of your favorite local foods and places to eat?

Everything’s good. I can’t stop/won’t stop munching the good eats!
For shave ice: Kula Shave Ice in Haleiwa. For acai bowls: I go for the lilikoi moana bowl at Island Vintage. For sushi: Yanagi. For beer: Aloha Beer Co.
For baked goods: Pipeline Bakery cake bombs and malasadas.

How do you like to spend your off-time?

Hiking around with my wife/best bud Charley, running, reading, surfing, and spending lots of time lounging on the beach.