Brian was born and raised in Los Angeles, to parents with roots in Hawaii.
His mother is from the Big Island and father from Oʻahu. Brian's fondest memories of his youth were of spending time outdoors with family, which eventually led him to study biology and natural science. After obtaining B.S. degrees in those subjects, Brian moved to where his family called “home,” the Big Island.
Brian landed jobs with several agencies, settling in Kona with his wife and two sons, before joining the Trust in 2017.
His interests outside of work are spending time with family, beach combing for shells, wood working, and playing fantasy football.