Patrick Pihana Branco
Born and raised in Kailua, Patrick’s passion for public service started early when his fourth-generation Kailua family instilled values of community, respect, and resilience. Patrick graduated from the Kamehameha Schools and received a full scholarship to Hawai‘i Pacific University. While studying at John’s Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) funded by the Charles B. Rangel Fellowship, he earned fellowships at both the United States Embassy in Korea and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. A former U.S. Diplomat, Patrick served the country by promoting economic development, security, and cultural understanding in some of the world’s most unpredictable areas, including Pakistan, Venezuela, and Colombia. With years of his experience building a coalition and turning challenges into opportunities, he is bringing the same approach to the State Legislature, as he tirelessly advocates for his community in Kailua and Kāne‘ohe Bay.
Patrick is running for the Hawai‘i State Legislature because he believes his community deserves a new leader with an unchanging mission of serving his community and making a better, stronger future. Patrick’s most critical priority is to help the people of District 50 thrive and protect the vulnerable. He will work tirelessly to foster sustainable economic growth, create new opportunities, protect working families and vulnerable populations, promote truly affordable housing, and preserve their land and environment for the next generations. Patrick is a fearless visionary who will bring a fresh perspective to the Hawai‘i State Legislature and always stand up for the community and make changes that benefit all residents.