+ − Contact Information
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (808) 586-6230
Fax: (808) 586-6231
415 S Beretania St
Honolulu, HI 96813
+ − Biography
Breene Harimoto was elected in 2014 to represent the 16th Senatorial District (Pearl City, Aiea, Lower Halawa, Pearl Harbor). He serves as vice chair of the Housing committee and member of the Human Services, Transportation and Energy, and Ways and Means committees. He also serves on the Affordable Rental Housing Special Action Team and the Interagency Council for Transit-Oriented Development that were created by the Legislature last session.
Prior to his election to the Senate, he served as a Councilmember in the City and County of Honolulu for four years. He was chair of the Committee on Transportation where he championed transportation and planning issues such as smart growth, public transportation, transit-oriented development, and health and safety issues. Senator Harimoto, along with a consortium of partners, led the charge to create the City's Complete Streets ordinance to make our streets safer for everyone.
Senator Harimoto was also a member of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board and served as its chair for two years. He spearheaded the move to bring Hawaii into compliance with federal requirements to preserve millions of dollars of federal funding for Honolulu's transportation infrastructure and successfully advocated adding the State Department of Health to the Policy Board for integrated transportation infrastructure planning.
Senator Harimoto was a member of the Hawaii State Board of Education for eight years and served two terms as its chairman. During his tenure he advocated for health and safety issues, programs for students who require non-traditional learning environments, music and art programs, greater school-level authority, and charter schools accountability.
Prior to entering public service, Senator Harimoto was an information technology professional, project manager, and management consultant in the private sector for 30 years.
Outside of work, Senator Harimoto is a long-time community volunteer, serving in various organizations in his community, including the Lions Club, Pearl City Community Association, Pearl City High School site-based management council, and others. He is a co-founder of the Pearl City Foundation where he has served for many years as its President and Executive Director, managing the operations of the Momilani Community Center and its large community events and daily programs for children, adults, seniors, and families.
Senator Harimoto is a life-long resident of his district, growing up in Pearl City where he still lives today. He is married to Cheryl, a retired school social worker, who grew up in Waipahu. They are both proud graduates of Waipahu High School and University of Hawaii at Manoa. They have been married for 40 years and have three children, all graduates of Hawaii's public schools, and three grandchildren. Senator Harimoto and his wife worship at Grace Bible Church Pearlside, which is an important part of their lives.