A lifelong resident of the Pearl City and Aiea communities and graduate of Aiea High School in 2004, Brandon Elefante learned at an early age the value of responsibility and commitment. He was an only child born to a single mother and also raised by immigrant grandparents from the Philippines, who taught him about respecting others and the importance of hard work.
Brandon yearned to explore and experience beyond what Hawaii had to offer, and after graduating from high school, decided to attend Saint Mary’s College of California, where he served as a resident advisor to his peers in the dormitories. He also cofounded and was president of the Hawaii Club, receiving numerous awards for his dedication to student affairs and community service.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and business administration in 2008, Brandon moved back to Hawaii. Once back home, Brandon became active in the community and pursued a Master’s in Business Administration from Chaminade University and graduated in 2011.
It was during his college years that Brandon discovered his passion for public service. This eventually led him to work as a legislative aide to Honolulu City Councilmember Breene Harimoto, with whom, for four years (2011 to 2014), he assisted the Councilember with tracking and following infrastructure and development projects, as well as handling constituent issues for the Aiea, Pearl City, and Waipahu communities.
Prior to working for the Councilmember, he was a high school teacher and coach at Damien Memorial School, worked in higher education, and was a staff assistant in the Hawaii State Senate to Senator Will Espero.
On August 9, 2014, Brandon won the vacant seat on the Honolulu City Council to represent Aiea, Pearl City, and Waipahu. On November 12, 2014, Brandon was sworn-in to take office. Out of the nine current members on the Honolulu City Council, Brandon is the youngest at 29 years old.
Brandon serves as chair of the Business, Economic Development and Tourism Committee. He is vice chair of Public Health, Safety, and Welfare, and is a member of the Committees on Parks and Customer Services, Public Works and Infrastructure, Transportation, Executive Matters and Legal Affairs, and the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Brandon is a former member of the Aiea Neighborhood Board, as well as an active member of the Aiea High School Alumni Association, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Aiea, various nonprofit organizations including the JCI-Hawaii-Filipino Jaycees, and the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce.