Kristel Kunishige   

     Office Manager

North Hawaii Women's Health 

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    My name is Kristel.  I was raised on the island of Oahu most of my life until meeting my husband where I began a new chapter on the Big Island.


For the past nine years, I worked as a bank teller and moved up as a consumer banking representative where I then got licensed as a notary for the State of Hawaii. It was here in Kamuela where I first had the pleasure to meet Dr. Higgins. I got to know more about her in 2015 when she came to me asking to help her better understand about how to set up her private practice. During that time she shared with me her passion for caring for women and wanting to give back to her community.  After learning that I was looking for a change and a new adventure, ​she offered me the opportunity to expand my administrative and interpersonal skills by coming to work with her and her staff.


This opportunity I couldn't pass up. I love to help others and meeting new people therefore providing great customer service is a plus for me. 

I am also a full time mother of two beautiful children that I adore so much. I am pretty active with my kids' extra curricular activities and love baking delicious desserts as I do love food. 


     For me, it all began with my love and admiration for my mother-in-law, who was a nursing wound care specialist at Hilo Medical Center and who also made numerous house calls caring for home-bound patients.  She taught me the principles of wound care that eventually led me to become trained as a CNA, caring for elderly community members.


One day, I ran into Kristel at her new job who inspired me to go on to get my Medical Assistant Certification training. And then, lo and behold, she up and hired me to work with Dr Higgins!


I just love what I do in this practice in caring for women of all ages and hope to keep expanding my medical knowledge. But what is most important to me, through this practice, is to have the unique, trusting, relationship with our patients whom we treat as we would our family members from a caring and wellness point of view. 



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           Phone: (808) 930-6550

          Fax: (808) 930-6551

Michelle Domingo

Medical Assistant







Ilona L. Higgins, MD FACOG

65-1298 B Kawaihae Road, Suite #1

Kamuela, Hawaii 96743