HPU’s Press Club unanimously elected Cris Saiki-Chaves
as its president for the spring 2004 semester.
Saiki, 21, is “very excited and totally committed” to
her new position, and hopes to create a fun-filled networking
environment for all Press Club members.
Saiki, originally from Peru, came to HPU from Saipan two years
ago, a transfer from Northern Marianas College, on an academic
scholarship. She is majoring in journalism with a minor in writing,
and is looking forward to graduating in winter 2004.
Cris Saiki-Chavez, the new Press Club president
In addition to her duties as Press
Club president, Saiki is also secretary of the Creative Writing
Club and a Kalamalama staff writer.
Writing is a large part of Saiki’s talent and passion,
which manifested when she did an internship at the Saipan Tribune
at 16. “All the interns started off with the obituaries,” she
said, “but it was a fun learning experience.”
Today, Saiki is doing more than writing obituaries. One of
her short stories, “Suede,” was published last year in
Wonderlust, HPU’s Student Literary Magazine, published
at the end of each semester.
Looking toward the future, Saiki thinks she will naturally
transition into print journalism. “All of the things I’m working
on, I think will eventually take me into magazines.”
Saiki attends HPU full time, but in her spare time she enjoys
creating commercial Web sites, writing fiction, and painting
nude bodyscapes in acrylics. She is in the process of arranging
to show these at Studio 1 Gallery, 1 North King St., Honolulu,