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 Hawai’i 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 Hawai’i. 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 32 years old. He is a receipient of Pacific Businesses News 40 Under 40.
Brandon serves as chair of the Committee on Public Health, Safety, and Welfare and the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization. He is vice chair on the Committee of Executive Matters and Legal Affairs and is a member of the Committees Public Works and Infrastructure, Transportation, and Planning.
Brandon is a former member of the ‘Aiea Neighborhood Board and the Filipino Junior Chamber of Commerce. He currently is an active member of Toastmasters International and a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in ‘Aiea serving in various ministries. Brandon enjoys basketball, golf, reading, working out, and spending time with his family and friends.