(Media release) â€” Ted Hong will give the June Address at the Conservative Forum for Hawaii,Â on “Politics in Hawaii: Institutional Alzheimers” at 2 p.m.,Â Sunday, June 6, 2010 at the Naniloa Hotel’s Sandalwood Room on Banyan Drive in Hilo.
Hong was born and raised in Wahiawa, Oahu. He is the son of Tany S. Hong, who was the Administrative Judge for the District Court in Honolulu and State Attorney General during the administration of Democratic Governor George Ariyoshi.
Hong attended Leilehua High School, then the University of Hawaii Manoa earning a BA degree in Political Science and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the UH William S. Richardson School of Law.He was a Senator in the Student Senate and later became Vice President of the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii. He helped organize the first Student Union at the Law School and was appointed as the student representative to the Law Schoolâ€™s Faculty Committee.
Hong has lived in Hilo since 1991. He has been married for 22 years to Terri Lum and they have two children, Katharine (15) and Noah (12).
Hong is very active in the community, serving as the chairman for the Boy Scout Makahiki, district chair for Boy Scouts of America for Puna, Kau and Hilo, and the cubmaster for the Hilo Hongwanji Cub Scout Pack 23. He is a member of the Rotary Club of South Hilo, the Hilo Intermediate School SCC, the Kaumana Elementary Schoolâ€™s Safety and Audit Committees, advisor to Hilo High Schoolâ€™s Mock Trial Team (they took the State Championship in 1993) and a volunteer judge for the YMCA Teen Court in Hilo. Â
Hong served under Honolulu Democratic Mayor Eileen Anderson as deputy prosecuting attorney for the City and County of HonoluluÂ from 1983 to 1988; then under Republican (formerly Democratic) Mayor Frank Fasi as deputy corporation counsel from 1988 to 1991.
From 1993 to 2000 he served as assistant Corporation Counsel and Corporation Counsel for Big Island Democratic Mayor Stephen Yamashiro.
Hong served in Republican Governor Linda Lingleâ€™s administration as the Chief Negotiator for the State of Hawaii, responsible for coordinating and negotiating all collective bargaining agreements with the public sector employee unions.Â
He is a former Regent for the University of Hawaii, representing East Hawaii and he has been an invited lecturer at the University of Hawaii at Hilo for several years.
Hong is presently in private law practice in Hilo concentrating in employment and workplace law and civil litigation. He is an experienced litigator and was lead counsel in more than twenty jury trials in State and Federal Court, andÂ has represented clients before the appellate courts of the State of Hawaii and the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
He recently ran unsuccessfully as the Republican candidate for State Senate District 1 (Hilo- Hamakua) in 2008.
(Submitted by Dr. Ed Gutteling.)