1) Name and Current Position:

Brandon Elefante (Honolulu City Council member) 


2) What will you be running for in 2018?

Reelection to the Honolulu City Council for District 8 ('Aiea, Pearl City, and Waipahū)


3.  What have you worked on in the past and issues that you are currently involved with?

Honest. Thoughtful. Working hard for you. Brandon Elefante has been on the job since November 12, 2014, serving the families and businesses of ‘Aiea, Pearl City and Waipahū, in Council District 8. Born and raised in ‘Aiea, Brandon is a proud graduate of ‘Aiea High School. He went on to earn his business degree at St. Mary’s College of California and his masters in business administration at Chaminade University. Brandon started a career in education as a high school teacher and golf coach at Damien Memorial School, before serving as an elected official. Since taking the oath of office, Brandon has been dedicated to public safety and transportation as a previous chair of the City Council’s Committee on Public Health, Safety, and Welfare and now the chair of the Committee on Transportation. In addition, he is a voting member on every City Council committee and serves as vice chair for the O‘ahu Metropolitan Planning Organization. Brandon is making a positive difference in our community by responding to residents’ concerns in a timely way, while helping to make Honolulu a safe, livable and sustainable city. The right person for the job is already on the job and that is Councilmember Brandon Elefante.



  • Restoration and revitalization of the Pearl Harbor Bike Path
  • Key road repaving and infrastructure to the district
  • New playground equipment at city parks
  • Advocate for safer streets for all modes of transportation
  • Member on the city's Age Friendly Cities Committee
  • Introduced and passed legislation that was signed into law promoting safety and transportation
  • Supporter of rail transit
  • Improvement to our parks
  • Passed five bills and signed into law (establishing AEDs in buildings, one day bus fare pass, ban on plastic check out bags by 2020, banning smoking in a vehicle when a minor is present, and banning texting in a crosswalk)

– Councilmember Brandon Elefante


4.  What is your favorite Hawaii restaurant?

Anna Miller's Restaurant 


5.  As apart of the Republican's comprehensive Tax Reform, eliminating or amortizing all or a portion of the business tax deduction for advertising has been suggested as a possible source of federal income.  Although the initial introduced bill did not include any limitation on the deduction for advertising expenses, The House Ways and Means Committee will do a mark up and the Senate Finance Committee with write its own version as well.  These are also potential situations where the limitation can come up.  We are grateful that Representative Hanabusa has supported our industry and shown support against the limitation (see attachment).  What's your position on the issue of a possible limitation of advertising expense?


I support the letter as signed by members of Congress as stated in the attached letter.