Patricia F. Saiki Papers
On July 29, 1998, The Hawaii Congressional Papers Collection (HCPC) received a donation of one audiotape and 22 videotapes from the University of Hawaii at Manoa Political Science Department. Pat Saiki donated a collection of 50 videotapes on September 19, 2005. The bulk of her papers were received from her on December 5, 2007. On March 14, 2008, Saiki donated a publication and a poster. PBS Hawaii donated a CD with 13 images of Saiki copied from the HCPC’s Saiki Papers for a “Long Story Short” episode. These materials were archivally processed from December 2007 through December 2008.
The papers have been arranged into nine series, further divided into subseries and sub-subseries (see Series, Subseries and Sub-subseries Listing). Unlabeled material was assigned to appropriate series and subseries by the Archives staff.
The material was largely in fair to good condition. The boxes and folders were in fair condition. Some corrosive binders, paper clips, staples and rubber bands had caused minor damage and were removed. Newspaper clippings were yellowed, but in reasonable condition.
In a November 11, 2007, conversation with HCPC archivists Jan Zastrow and Ellen Chapman, Saiki said she had discarded most of her congressional and other papers, keeping those she believed best represented her work and her interests while in public office. Most of the material in this collection concerns her two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and the two years she headed the Small Business Administration. The bulk of the election campaign material consists of newspaper clipping (in the Public Relations series).
Although there are no items in the Papers concerning her appointments to the military academies, Saiki told HCPC archivists about her process for choosing nominees (in the same conversation as above). She chose a committee in Honolulu, headed by prominent businesswoman Lily Yao, to review all applications and nominations. Based solely on the nominees’ qualifications, the committee chose three names to give Saiki who made the final decision. She said she set it up this way to avoid partisan influences.
All of the papers are open for research, but since some may contain information about individuals, the Archives staff may redact documents out of concern for personal privacy.
For other research and biographical material related to Pat Saiki, please consult the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library’s online catalog, the Index to the Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin (1929-1992), the online Newspaper Index maintained by the Hawaii State Library (1989 to the present), the Congressional Record and papers of other members of Congress in the Hawaii Congressional Papers Collection. See also the “Artificial Files” of information about Saiki collected by the Archives staff, largely from 1997 onward.
- 1970 - 2006
- Majority of material found within 1980 - 1999
- Saiki, Patricia F., 1930- (Person)
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18.5 Linear Feet (35 document cases, one flat box)
“Pat” Saiki was a major figure in Hawaii and national Republican politics. She was a state representative (1968-1974), a state senator (1974-1983) and a Hawaii representative in the U.S. Congress (1987-1991). President George H.W. Bush appointed her Administrator, Small Business Administration (1991-1993). She held numerous positions in state and national civic organizations, was chair of the National Women’s Business Council (1991-1992), was a teaching fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (Spring 1993), and has served as member of the Board of Governors of the East-West Center (2003-present).
The Patricia F. Saiki Papers consist of a few items from her service in the state legislature, but most are from her terms in the U.S. Congress and the Small Business Administration. She donated a large collection of newspaper clippings about her activities and interests dating from 1968 through 1990, including many during her successful and unsuccessful campaigns for public office.
There are also a few memorabilia items, a small collection of photographs from throughout her career and several dozen videotapes largely concerning her election campaigns.
Patricia “Pat” Fukuda was born a third generation Japanese American in Hilo, Hawaii on May 28, 1930 and graduated from Hilo High School in 1948. She earned a B.S. degree from the University of Hawaii in 1952, working her way through college as a flight attendant, babysitter and sales clerk She was a teacher in Honolulu from 1956-1968 at Punahou School, Kaimuki Intermediate School and Kalani High School.
She married Stanley M. Saiki, a physician, and they had five children—Stanley, Jr., Sandra, Margaret, Stuart and Laura.
Beginning in the 1960s, Saiki held several offices in the Hawaii Republican Party and was a member of the Hawaii State Legislature – House (1968-1974) and Senate (1974-1983). In 1972 she spearheaded Hawaii’s Equal Rights Amendment and the state’s first-place ratification of the federal ERA. She helped organize the Hawaii Government Workers Association.
Saiki served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1987-1990), the only Republican from Hawaii to serve in the House and only the second woman to represent the state in Congress. After an unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate, Pres. George H.W. Bush appointed her as Administrator, Small Business Administration (1991-1993).
Saiki was dedicated to improving public education in the state and the nation. She was chair of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (1978-1980) and was a national board member of Funding and Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (1982-1984).
After leaving public office, Saiki remained active in local and national Republican Party politics. She was, and is, a member of or on the board of numerous community service organizations. She has been a member of the East-West Center Board of Governors since 2003.
- 1930 May 28
- Born, Hilo, Hawaii; parents Kazuo and Shizue (Inoue) Fukuda. Her father worked for Amfac for 35 years
- Graduated from Hilo High School
- B.S., University of Hawaii
- Married Stanley M. Saiki; five children
- Teacher: Punahou School, Kaimuki Intermediate School and Kalani High School
- State Secretary, Republican Party of Hawaii
- Research assistant for the Hawaii Senate Republicans
- Vice-Chairman, Republican Party of Hawaii
- State Representative, Hawaii Legislature
- Assistant Republican floor leader
- Delegate, Hawaii Constitutional Convention
- Member, President's Citizens Advisory Council on the Status of Women
- Eagleton Institute of Politics Fellow (Rutgers University): Fellow; named Most Promising Legislator
- Spearheaded Hawaii's Equal Rights Amendment and the state's first-place ratification of the federal Equal Rights Amendment
- Became the first woman to serve on the Amfac Board of Directors
- Commissioner, Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education
- Board of Directors, Hawaiian Airlines
- State Senator, Hawaii Legislature
- Member, President's National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year
- Chair, Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education
- Lost the Republican nomination for Hawaii Lt. Governor
- National Board member, Funding and Improvement of Post-Secondary Education
- Chair, Republican Party of Hawaii
- Member, Republican National Committee
- Delegate, Republican National Convention
- 1986 Nov
- Won election to U.S. House over Mufi Hannemann
- 1987 Jan 3-1991 Jan 3
- Representative, U.S. ongress, 2 terms (only Republican from Hawaii to serve in the House; only second woman to represent Hawaii)
- Committees: Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs; Merchant Marine and Fisheries
- Helped persuade President Reagan to sign the Civil Liberties act that included repatriations and an apology to Japanese Americans interned during World War II
- Delegate and Secretary, Republican National Convention
- Led Presidential delegation to Tonga; signatory, Treaty of Friendship
- 1988 Nov
- Won second term in U.S. House, defeating Mary Bitterman
- Official U.S. Delegate to funeral of Japan's Emperor Hirohito
- Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate; lost election to Democrat Daniel Akaka for Spark Matsunaga's seat
- 1991 Apr 10-1993 Jan 20
- Appointed Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration by President George H.W. Bush
- 1991 May 1
- Husband Stanley Saiki died
- Chair, National Women's Business Council
- Delegate and Official Seconding Speaker for the nomination of George H. W. Bush at the Republican National Convention
- Federal Liaison, "Re-Build L.A."
- 1993 Spring
- Teaching Fellow, Institute of Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government
- Ran for Governor; lost to Democrat Ben Cayetano
- 2003 Nov-2008 Jan
- Appointed by Secretary of State Colin Powell as member, Board of Governors, East-West Center
- Reappointed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for second term as member, Board of Governors, East-West Center
American Association of University Women
American National Red Cross, Advisory Council
Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii
Civil Air Patrol, Senior Advisory Council
Education Commission of the States
Ford Foundation and Harvard University Government Initiative, Selection Committee, member
Hawaii Government Employees Association, Teachers Chapter, President
Hawaii Kids at Work, Executive Advisory Committee
Hawaii Medical Association Auxiliary
Hawaii Pacific College, Trustee
Hawaii Special Olympics for Retarded Children, Chair and Board member
Hawaii Visitors Bureau, Board of Directors
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. Board of Directors
Heart Sunday (Oahu), Hawaii Heart Association, Co-Chair
Honolulu Business and Professional Women
Kaimuki YMCA, board member
Kalani Band Boosters, Chair
Kapiolani Hospitol Auxiliary, member
League of Women Voters, member
National Women's Business Council, Chair
Oahu Tuberculosis and Health Association, member
St. Francis Hospitol Research Committee (Honolulu)
Straub Medical Research and Education Foundation (Honolulu)
University of Hawaii, College of Education, Search Committee for Dean
University of Hawaii Foundation, Trustee
Variety Club Schools for Handicapped Children
Asian American Small Business Association of Chicago, Woman of the Year (1992)
Asian Pacific Council, Asian American of the Year
Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation, First Annual Kulia I ka Nuu Educational Leadership Award
Rutgers University, Eagleton Institute of Politics-Most Promising Legislator (1970)
Sales and Marketing Executives of Honolulu, Sales Person of the Year (1992)
University of Hawaii Alumni Association, Lifetime Achievement Award (2010)
YWCA Hawaii, Woman of the Year
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Patricia F. Saiki Papers
- Ellen Chapman, CA, revised by Rachael Bussert
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- Language of description
- 2015-08: Minor revisions were made to format
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