Pono Chong

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Pono Chong
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Hawaii House of Representatives District 49
Former Member
In office
Majority Leader, Hawaii House of Representatives
2011 - 2012
Majority Whip, Hawaii State House of Representatives
Base salary$57,852/year
Per diem$175/day off Oahu; $10/day on Oahu
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Hawaii-Manoa, 1993
Date of birthAugust 27, 1970
Place of birthHonolulu, HI
ProfessionPresident, Hawaii International Taiko, LLC
Office website
Pono Chong is a former Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 49 from 2004 to 2012. He served as Majority Leader from 2011 to 2012.

Chong is President of the Hawaii International Taiko, Limited Liability Company, a part time teacher with the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council Program at Kaimuki High School, and an Assistant Project Coordinator in the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Halawa-Luluku Interpretive Development.

Chong is a member of the Kailua High School Council Board, and the Castle High School Parent Partnership.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Chong served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Chong served on these committees:



See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Chong ran in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 48. Chong was defeated by District 47 incumbent Jessica Wooley in the Democratic primary on August 11, 2012.[2][3]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 48 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJessica Wooley Incumbent 56.7% 3,846
Pono Chong Incumbent 43.3% 2,932
Total Votes 6,778


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2010

Chong won re-election to the 49th District seat in 2010. Chong defeated Jon Chinen in the September 18 primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010. Joseph Aiona ran on the Republican ticket for this seat.[4]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 49 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Pono Chong (D) 5,454 59.5%
Joseph Aiona (R) 3,201 34.9%


In 2008, Chong won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives from Hawaii's 49th District. Chong ran unopposed in the election. He raised $21,475 for his campaign.[5]

Campaign donors


In 2010, Chong raised $36,765 in contributions.[6]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Morris, George A (Red) $2,000
Park, Moon Soo $2,000
Hawaii Association Of Realtors $2,000
Park, Alyssa $2,000
Philip Morris $2,000


In 2008, Chong collected $21,475 in campaign contributions.[7] The six largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 125 $2,000
Ironworkers Local 625 $1,650
University of Hawaii Professional Assembly $1,000
G.A. Morris $1,000
John H. Radcliffe $1,000
Hawaii Operating Engineers $1,000


Hawaii Grassroot Institute

See also: Hawaii Grassroot Institute Scorecard

The Grassroot Institute issued its 2010 Legislative Score Card that tallied the votes of Hawaii legislators and graded their votes based on the Institute's values of individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.[8] The Institute observed state legislators' votes on issues involving taxes, spending, scope of government, business climate, and raids on special funds. Chong received a total score of 5%. Here are the scores Chong received based on specific categories.

2010 Hawaii House Legislative Scorecard
Taxes Business climate Spending Individual liberty Raids Scope of government
0% 0% 0% 67% 0% 0%

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Preceded by
Hawaii House District 49
Succeeded by
Ken Ito (D)