The Honolulu Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii on October 5, 2002 · 4
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Saturday, October 5, 2002
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ISLAND EDITION The Honolulu Advertiser Saturday, October 5, 2002 A5 i in hi ii i I WHIP il i ill hi ii mini 1 1 in mini n I "' -" n . w m We are not ready for a world without Patsy Mink. We still have work to do to protect civil liberties and the rights of people. Patsy brought women a long way toward true equality. But who will make sure we don't slide back?" U.S. REP. LYNN WOOLSEY U Q Patsy took great pride in representing Hawai'i. In all that she did in Congress, she brought honor and dignity to this state." U.S. REP. NANCY PELOSI, House minority whip tl Her passing leaves a void in our community. Today we grieve the loss of our friend, ally and leader." KAREN GINOZA, PRESIDENT OF THE HAWAl'l STATE Teachers Association C C In the history of our state and nation, Patsy was one of the giants who altered the American political . Ian Hera n T4cr pffnrtc broke down barriers opportunities for people. ... A great spirit has come and gone before us. Patsy's courage will be sorely missed." U.S. SEN. DANIEL AKAKA To all of her friends and all of her colleagues and to all the people of Hawai'i: Thank you for sharing her with us." U.S. REP. GEORGE MILLER If I may paraphrase my cousin: We must fight, fight, fight for what we believe in so we can all win." CAUN TAMURA, Mink's cousin U J She helped propel one of the great revolutions of our society, the women's movement, into the mainstream of American life." U.S. REP. RICHARD GEPHARDT, House minority leader r n : I" .'. IV- . IX, ." ,',J' vv1 ''f':K'' '"' w"' ' BRUCE ASAT0 The Honolulu Advertiser Patsy Mink's husband, John Mink, and daughter Gwendolyn wipe away tears during funeral services at the State Capitol atrium attended by dignitaries and her constituents. Mink: Tributes paid to an 'American hero' FROM PAGE ONE represented Hawaii and our country with honor and dignity. Our nation is grateful for her record of service." Kamaki Kanahele, kahu for the State Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations, stood in line with a maile lei in hand. "Patsy Mink was one of those kinds of ladies that kept her word and kept her promise," he said. "Many politicians give lip service to . Hawaiians. But Patsy Mink said we have her blessing and kokua. As a.. Native Hawaiian, I can say that her word has always been good." "We will miss her intellect, understanding of the Constitution and ability to fight against the odds," said attorney Elizabeth Ju-bin Fujiwara. "When she spoke, you knew it was from the heart." As the service began, Mink's casket was moved to the diamond-head side of the atrium where her husband of 51 years, John, and daughter, Gwendolyn, heard speakers praise Mink's courage, dignity and drive. The service brought together Hawai'i's most powerful politicians, a delegation from Congress and everyday people. They sat in reserved seats and on planter boxes. They hung over the railings of the Capitol's upper levels and stood five-deep on the rotunda floor. Some wore silk ties. Some wore rubber slippers. For many, Mink had been their elected representative for decades. She had served 1 lawai'i as a Democrat in the Territorial House and Senate, Honolulu City Council, as assistant secretary of state and a combined 24 years in the House. "She was an American patriot," said U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye, (D-Hawai'i). "She was an authentic American hero. Her weapons were her words of wisdom, her words of compassion." Gov. Ben Cayetano said the judgment of history will be kind to Mink. He remembered her as a person with "integrity beyond reproach." Mink became a lawyer at a time when there were few women in law and was elected to politics "when politics was supposed to be a man's game," Cayetano said. "Patsy believed there is no nobler calling than public service. Patsy fought to make things better, even if it was a little better, for the people of Hawai'L" House minority leader Richard Gephardt called Mink "a pioneer in every sense of the word." . He told the mourners how, in 1948, Mink applied to 12 medical schools and was turned down by each one. She was turned down because she was a woman, he said. When she became a lawyer instead, she was turned down for a job at a Honolulu law firm, again because of her gender. "She didn't get consumed by hatred," Gephardt said. "She simply did something about it. She had the .:, BRUCE ASAT0 The Honolulu Advertiser U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta "spoke at the State Capitol yesterday about Rep. Patsy Mink's service to her country and constituents. patience and the perseverance to see it through." s Gephardt ran down a list of firsts for Mink: First Asian-American woman admitted to the Hawai'i bar; first Asian-American woman elected to the Legislature; first woman of color in 1964 to win national office. Throughout the service, speaker after speaker returned to Mink's greatest achievement: the passage of Title K. "Patsy left a powerful legacy," said U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.). "Title IX, which opened locker room doors for women, simply would not have happened without Patsy's leadership. With a twinkle in her eye and a smile, Patsy worked her magic and changed our country." But Pelosi also turned her thoughts to the people of Hawai'L "Thank you," she said, "for sending such a remarkable spirit to Congress." One of the most moving moments came when Marilyn Moniz-Kahoohanohano, the assistant athletic director and senior women's administrator at the University of Hawai'i, stood to address the mourners. She called herself a living, breathing example of Mink's work with Title IX and thanked Mink, whom she called "the guardian angel" of the Wahine athletic program. She spoke of Mink's courageous dreams and the dreams she gave to little girls. "You have left our world a better, place," Moniz-Kahoohanohano said. "And we are comforted to know you will remain our guardian klfE I II, Jl ABOVE: A portrait of Rep. Patsy Mink is carried through the State Capitol atrium. CORY LUM The Honolulu Advertiser RIGHT: Gov. Ben Cayetano and his wife, Vicky, walk with U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie following burial services for Patsy Mink. BELOW: A soldier from the 3rd U.S. Infantry ceremonial unit from Washington, D.C. blows taps at burial ceremonies for Rep. Patsy Mink. JCFF WIDENER The Honolulu Advertiser angeL" Mink, whose husband is a veteran, was buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in a private ceremony. About 120 relatives and close friends attended, most of them wearing small orange blossoms, one of Mink's favorite colors. A team from the 3rd U.S. Infantry ceremonial unit out of Washington, DC, carried Mink's flag-draped casket to an open-air gazebo. The team fired three rifle volleys followed by a solo bugler playing taps. Advertiser staff writer James Gonser contributed to this report. 1 rr rfk f x ' Ivf' V. i- , ... - ' ST 11 ! S - i jrw ! 1 I - ' ' iff - k ', I i J ' f - I I .' ..H-: SfJ' "S-,JfHiJ ;' :. . " j&aT ;Vfi 111. 5 l "3? it 3 m n. - 5 :r & -'l jr A li n I - MI. ..- w t ft -

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