Ron Menor, A Fil-Am Hawaii Politician, Has Died At Age 67

Filipino American Ron Menor, a longtime politician that dedicated decades of service to both Hawaii and the Filipino community, has died at age 67.

In a statement on Jan. 17, Gov. Josh Green announced Menor died unexpectedly on Jan. 16 due to a medical emergency.

“Ron was a dedicated public servant, winning re-election after re-election for many years, showing how much his constituents appreciated his work on their behalf,” said Gov. Green.

“Jaime and I send our love and condolences to Patty and her ohana and know that the community Ron served for so many years, is also in mourning.”

Menor is survived by his wife Patricia Leong and three sons, Benjamin, Andrew and Anthony.

As a politician, Menor held numerous public office positions during his career. He was a former State Senator, State Representative and Honolulu City Councilmember representing District 9. He studied at Iolani School, University of California-Los Angeles and Georgetown University Law Center.

Before a career in politics, Menor served as a law clerk in the Hawaii Supreme Court and later as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Hawaii. He later established his own law practice.

As a Filipino American, Menor relentlessly supported Hawaii Filipino Chronicle (HFC). He was a former HFC contributing writer.

Born and raised in Hilo, Menor was the son of late Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Menor.

In a 2022 interview with HFC, the younger Menor said:

“He [my father] fought for the betterment of working people and equality of opportunity for all of Hawaii’s residents. These are causes that have also motivated me in my career in public service.”

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