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 Hawai‘i 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 Hawai‘i. Once back home, Brandon became active in the community and pursued a Master’s in Business Administration from Chaminade University of Honolulu 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 Councilmember with tracking and following infrastructure and development projects, as well as handling constituent issues for the ‘Aiea, Pearl City, and Waipahū 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 Hawai‘i 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 Waipahū. On November 12, 2014, Brandon was sworn-in to take office.
On November 6, 2018, Brandon was reelected to a second term at the Honolulu City Council. He is looking forward to continuing his work with the community on various projects that enhance the quality of life, strengthen and improve community ties, and foster community resiliency.
Brandon serves as Chair of the Committee on Zoning and Planning and Vice Chair of the Committee on Transportation, Sustainability, and Health. He is a member of the Committees on Budget, Executive Matters and Legal Affairs, Executive Management, and Public Infrastructure and Technology. Brandon also serves as the Vice Chair of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors on the National League of Cities.
Brandon is currently active as the Vice President of Education for Paradise Hawaii Toastmasters and is a member of the Pearl City Lions Club, and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church. He is a former member of the ‘Aiea Neighborhood Board, ‘Aiea High School Alumni Association, various nonprofit organizations including the JCI-Hawai‘i-Filipino Jaycees, and the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce.