Born and raised in Honolulu, Brannagan is wholeheartedly grateful for the opportunity to join a team of hard-working and passionate individuals, whose mission of providing resources for Hawaiian children to thrive is paramount in the community. She is honored and humbled to work for Liliʻuokalani Trust as she will be able to continue to learn about the Hawaiian values as well as combine her love for communications and her passion for the wellbeing of the future leaders of tomorrow – our kamaliʻi.
Brannagan graduated in May of 2016 from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism. While attending Columbia, she gained a variety of professional experience by interning at CBS 2 News Chicago in the Specials & Investigative Unit and teaching journalism to underprivileged youth.
Bringing the Aloha spirit to the newsroom, Brannagan spent some time as a television news reporter in northern California after graduating. She reported on an array of stories, ranging from local crime to community development and breaking news. Her most memorable story featured homeless youth and the difficulties they face living on the streets.
She returned to Hawaiʻi to help care for a loved one and feels immense gratitude to be able to pursue her passions in the place where her heart and home are.
Brannagan is a bridge enthusiast, loves to volunteer, sing, write, read poetry, eat sushi, watch musicals, explore new places, meet new people and most importantly spend time with her ʻohana – including her scruffy puppy Shadow.