Lecturer in Law
Curtis K. Saiki, Esq. has 20 years of estate planning and tax experience. He is the General Counsel & Vice-President of the Hawai`i Community Foundation, the State’s largest grant making organization. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2013, Mr. Saiki ran the Wealth Planning Department of First Hawaiian Bank. He practiced in the Trust & Estates Departments of both Cades Schutte and Kobayashi, Sugita & Goda.
Mr. Saiki is the current Chair of the Board of Taxation Review, Oahu District and past Chair of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the Hawai`i State Bar. He is frequently invited to speak on estate and charitable planning topics to professional organizations, such as the Hawai`i Estate Planning Council, Hawai’i Society of CPAs and the Hawai`i State Bar Association.
Mr. Saiki has participated in recent legislation affecting estate planning in Hawaii and was the primary author of Hawai`i’s “Domestic Asset Protection Trust” law (HRS 554G). He is a three-time winner of Hawaii Business Magazine’s Best Wealth Managers in Hawaii and was included in the Magazine’s 2014 Black Book of Hawaii’s Top Executives. Mr. Saiki holds an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Washington and a J.D. with a business law certificate from the University of Oregon, where he was a member of the Oregon Law Review.