Trustee Brendon Kaleiʻāina Lee was elected to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in 2018.
Born and raised in Pearl City Oʻahu, he is the son of Benson and Toni Lee; both of whom are past presidents of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs. Trustee Lee is a 1987 graduate of the Kamehameha Schools.
As a child, Trustee Lee spent his summers on Molokaʻi at his grandparent's home in Hoʻolehua. It was there where he was exposed to the issues of Native Hawaiian self-determination by his grandmother, Mary Lee; one of the kūpuna founders of the Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana (PKO).
As a life-long member of the Pearl Harbor Hawaiian Civic Club, he has been engaged in Hawaiian issues for most of his life. In 2016, Trustee Lee was elected as the chairman of the 2016 Aha: Native Hawaiian Governance Convention. Under his leadership, a diverse group of 120 participants worked together to find the common ground necessary to draft and adopt a Constitution with a vote of 88 in favor, 30 against, and 1 abstention.
Trustee Lee also serves as President of the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association; 2nd Vice-President of the Association of the Hawaiian Civic Clubs; a member of the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus Poʻokula Advisory Committee; a member of the Kawaiolaonāpūkanileo Choral Ensemble; a board member of the Moanalua Gardens Foundation; a member of the O.H.I.A. Institute. He is also a trained parliamentarian.
He is married to Kimberly Gay and a father of three.