The Hawaii Filipino Chronicle was established on July 1, 1993 initially on a semi-monthly basis. The first copy came out on October 1, 1993. Today, the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle is the only weekly local Filipino newspaper in the State of Hawaii.


The newspaper was created in response to the growing need to reach out to the Filipino community, to inform and educate and provide the vehicle with which our community can grow and prosper.


Each edition of the Chronicle features lively editorial content, informative community news and calendar of events, interesting stories and educational topics. Inside the Chronicle, you will find a variety of issues and columns that are both engaging and informative.

▪ Headline News and Cover Stories

▪ Community News & Calendar of Events

▪ History & Culture

▪ Art and Leisure

▪ Business

▪ Legal Notes / Immigration

▪ Government & Politics

▪ Health and Medical News

▪ Consumer and Food News

▪ Education

▪ Movie and Book Reviews


Highlights and Achievements


The Hawaii Filipino Chronicle has been an informative resource to the small business community. Under the initiative and direction of Chona A. Montesines-Sonido, the Chronicle has published numerous articles helping small business owners every step of the way from starting up a company to enhancing profits through effective management, finance, marketing, and tax filing.


Ms. Montesines-Sonido was recently honored by the Hawaii Filipino Womenís Club as the Woman Achiever in the field of journalism. She was also recognized by the City Council, the Senate, and the House of Representatives, Governor Linda Lingle, Mayor Mufi Hanneman, and the Kalayaan Philippines-Hawaii International for her outstanding achievement in the field of journalism. Ms. Montesines-Sonido was a recent panel speaker on the Ethnic Media, presented by the Honolulu Community Media Council, and is Honoluluís SBA Small Business Journalist of the Year for 2006.


The Group


Charlie Y. Sonido, M.D. / Publisher and Executive Editor

Chona A. Montesines-Sonido / Publisher and Managing Editor


Associate Editors:

Edwin Quinabo

Dennis Galolo


Belinda A. Aquino, Ph.D. / Contributing Editor


Junggoi Peralta / Layout


Tim Llena / Photographer


Administrative Assistants:

Lilia Capalad

Shalimar Leybag-Pagulayan



Carlota Hufana Ader

Elpidio Estioko ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Emil Guillermo

Melissa Martin, Ph.D. †††††

J.P. Orias

Pacita Saludes††††††††††††††

Reuben S. Seguritan, Esq.

Charlie Sonido, M.D.††††††

Emmanuel S. Tipon, Esq.


Contributing Writers:

Clement Bautista

Edna Bautista, Ed. D.

Teresita Bernales, Ed.D.

Sheryll Bonilla, Esq.

Rose Churma

Serafin Colmenares, Jr., Ph.D.†††

Linda dela Cruz

Carolyn Weygan-Hildebrand

Amelia Jacang, M.D.††††††

Caroline Julian

Raymond Ll.Liongson, Ph.D.

Federico Magdalena, Ph. D.

Matthew Mettias††††††††††††††††††††††

Maita Milallos†††††††††††††††

Paul Melvin Palalay, M.D.

Renelaine Bontol-Pfister

Seneca Moraleda-Puguan

Lilia Q. Santiago†††††††††††

Jay Valdez, Psy.D.

Glenn Wakai

Amado Yoro


Mark Lester Ranchez / Intern


Gregory Bren Garcia / Philippine Correspondent


Chona A. Montesines-Sonido / Advertising & Marketing Director

Shalimar Leybag-Pagulayan / Advertising Assistant


Account Executives:

Carlota Ader

J. P. Orias


Big island Distributors:

Grace Larson

Ditas Udani


Maui Distributors:

Cecile Piros / Rey Piros


Molokai Distributor:

Maria Watanabe


Oahu Distributors:

Yoshimasa Kaneko

Jonathan Pagulayan