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Reflections of The Honorable Patricia F. Saiki

September 8, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Mānoa Campus, Center for Korean Studies Auditorium, 1881 East-West Road

Please join us for "A Chat with Pat," a talk by and discussion with The Honorable Patricia F. Saiki.

Patricia Fukuda Saiki has made the journey from small-town Territorial Hilo to the highest corridors of power in the state and nation. A member of the State House from 1968 to 1974, and State Senate from 1974 to 1982, Pat was centrally involved in crafting a wide range of legislation, particularly in support of women and minority rights; the creation and funding of the Sex Abuse Treatment Center at Kapi‘olani Medical Center; and in Hawai‘i becoming the first state to ratify the federal Equal Rights Amendment. As Chair of the House Higher Education Committee, she spearheaded the development, in just two years, of Kapi‘olani Community College.

Elected to the US Congress in 1986, she worked to persuade Ronald Reagan to sign the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 granting reparations to Japanese Americans interned during World War II, and educated George H. W. Bush about the need to halt US bombing of Kaho‘olawe. In 1991, she was appointed by President Bush to head the Small Business Administration, the first person from Hawai‘i to direct a federal agency.

Still active in public service, Pat has served on the Board of Directors of the East-West Center, and continues to advocate for increased support for elderly services and home care.

Now open to researchers, the Patricia F. Saiki Papers in the Hawai‘i Congressional Papers Collection consists of papers from her years in Congress and with the Small Business Administration. For more information about this collection, call 944-7656, or visit

This event is cosponsored by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library’s Hawai‘i Congressional Papers Collection and the Center for Biographical Research.

A short reception will begin at 11:30, and the talk will start at noon.

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