Breene Harimoto

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Updated May 2017

Breene Harimoto is a member of the Hawaii Senate from District 16, which covers Pearl City, Aiea, Lower Halawa, Pearl Harbor. In 2017, he was vice chair of the Housing Committee and a member of the Human Services, Transportation and Energy, and Ways and Means committees. He also served on the Affordable Rental Housing Special Action Team and the Inter-agency Council for Transit-Oriented Development that were created by the Legislature.




Breene Harimoto is a life-long resident of the Pearl City area, graduating from Waipahu High School and the University of Hawaii Manoa.

Prior to entering public service, Harimoto was an information technology professional, project manager and management consultant in the private sector for 30 years, according to his legislative website.

Political Career

Harimoto served eight years on the Hawaii Board of Education, from 2002 until he resigned in June 2010 to run for the Honolulu City Council. Representing the Leeward District, he chaired the school board in 2004 and 2005.

From 2011 until his Senate election in 2014, Harimoto represented District 8 on the Honolulu City Council. He chaired the council’s Transportation Committee. Harimoto ran uncontested in the nonpartisan City Council race in 2010.

He also was a member of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board and served as its chair for two years. 

In 2015, Harimoto announced he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and that he planned to undergo surgery. He returned to work in the Legislature in November 2015.

During the 2017 legislative session, Harimoto was a passionate opponent to the hotly debated medical aid in dying legislation. He said at the time his cancer was in remission.

April 2016

Wednesday, April 27

State Aims To Develop 22,500 Affordable Rental Housing Units

December 2011

Thursday, December 1

Harimoto: Strip Berg’s Voting Rights Until He Calms Down

June 2011

Tuesday, June 21

Off The Beat: ‘Fact-Finding’ Versus Stating The Obvious

Rail Report Reveals Little About Ansaldo’s Problems

Wednesday, June 15

Council Division on Rail Led to Shake-Up

Honolulu City Council Moving to Oust Nestor Garcia as Chairman

Tuesday, June 14

Facts Kept Secret In City’s Fact-Finding Rail Trip

May 2011

Friday, May 27

What You Won’t Learn From Honolulu Council Financial Disclosure Forms

Friday, May 20

Keeping the Beat — And Keeping Tabs On Rail

Wednesday, May 11

Council Transportation Chair Gives Glimpse of Fact-Finding Trip

Harimoto Confirms So-Called ‘Blunderground’ In Denmark Had Problems

April 2011

Friday, April 29

City Lawyers Told Council Members What Not To Ask On Rail Fact-Finding Trip

Tuesday, April 19

First Hawaiian’s Horner Now on Rail, Education and Tourism Boards

Wednesday, April 13

Harimoto: ‘God Intervened’ In Dispute with Mayor

Thursday, April 7

Inside Honolulu: April 7

Tuesday, April 5

Honolulu City Council Divided Over Chairman’s Ethics

Saturday, April 2

Tea Party’s Berg Cheapest On Honolulu City Council

March 2011

Wednesday, March 30

Honolulu Mayor: “I Don’t Remember” Meeting Over Rail Concerns

Thursday, March 24

Unity on Rail a Good Sign, Harimoto Says

Wednesday, March 23

Honolulu Transit Chair Says He Has Serious ‘Concerns’ About Rail

January 2011

Tuesday, January 4

Inside Honolulu: Jan. 4

December 2010

Thursday, December 30

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 30

Thursday, December 2

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 2

November 2010

Saturday, November 13

Inside Honolulu: Nov. 15

Thursday, November 11

Inside Honolulu: Nov. 11

Wednesday, November 10

Inside Honolulu: Nov. 10

Tuesday, November 9

530 South King: Nov. 9, 2010

September 2010

Friday, September 17

City Council Races: Bring on the General Election!

Thursday, September 9

Council Candidates Emerge as Financial Front-Runners