Joey Manahan

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Joey Manahan
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Joey Manahan
Honolulu City Councilmember
Member of the Honolulu City Council from District 7
Assumed office
January 2, 2013
Preceded by Romeo Munoz Cachola
Vice Speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byMichael Y. Magaoay
Succeeded by John Mizuno
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 29th district
In office
January 4, 2007 – January 16, 2013
Preceded byFelipe "Jun" Abinsay, Jr.
Succeeded by Karl Rhoads
Personal details
José María Brías Manahan

1971 (age 49–50)
Makati, Philippines
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)Maan Santos

José María Brías "Joey" Manahan (born 1971) is a Filipino American politician from the state of Hawaii. Joey Manahan is a member of the Honolulu City Council and serves as the Chair of the Budget Committee and Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee. [1]

Manahan is also the Oahu representative and President of the Hawai‘i State Association of Counties’ (HSAC) Executive Committee, whose members consist of the four island counties of the State of Hawai‘i – Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawai’i counties. HSAC advocates for county programs and services and represents the county governments before the Hawai‘i State Legislature, administrative agencies, and the federal government. [2]

He has served a combined 13 years in elected office in both the Honolulu City Council and the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives.

As a member of the Democratic Party, Manahan is a former member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, serving from 2007 through 2013, and as vice speaker in 2011 and 2012.

Early life

Manahan was born in Makati, Philippines, in 1971. [3] He is the grandnephew of Manuel Manahan, who served in the Senate of the Philippines. [4]

Manahan's father died when he was young. [4] He moved with his mother to the San Francisco Bay Area at the age of 10, [3] where he attended Bellarmine College Preparatory School. [3] His mother remarried in 1991, when the family moved to Hawaii. Manahan attended community college in California, before transferring to the University of Hawaii. [3] [4]

Political career

While he studied at the University of Hawaii, Manahan became interested in his identity as a Filipino American and worked with Filipino immigrants. Through this program, he was introduced to Dennis Arakaki, a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, who mentored him. He later worked for Arakaki as a legislative assistant, [4] and for State Senator Donna Mercado Kim. [3]

Manahan was first elected to the State House in 2006, winning by 11 votes. [3] [4] In 2012, Manahan announced that he would not seek reelection to the State House, and would instead run for the Honolulu City Council in the 2012 elections, [5] and he won.

Manahan represents Honolulu City Council District 7, which includes Kalihi, lwilei, Kalihi Kai, Mapunapuna, Salt Lake, Aliamanu, Hickam, Foster Village, Ford Island, and Sand Island. [6] Manahan has held several leadership positions like vice speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives and the chair of the Committee on Budget, as well as vice-chair of the Committee on Transportation for the Honolulu City Council. [7]

As a state representative, Manahan initiated two key projects for his district—the Modernization of Farrington High School and the Kuhio Park Terrace Modernization project. [8]

He ran in the 2014 election to represent Hawaii's 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives, [9] but finished sixth in the Democratic primary held in August 2014. [10] [11]


Manahan is married to Maan Santos. [4]


  1. ^ "Honolulu Councilman Manahan Running for U.S. Congress". Honolulu City and County. July 29, 2020. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  2. ^ "HSAC Executive Committee". HSAC. July 29, 2020. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Philippine Daily Inquirer - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved August 1, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Manahan is our man in Hawaii | Sunday Life, Lifestyle Features, The Philippine Star". December 5, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  5. ^ "House Vice Speaker Manahan announces bid for City Council". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. February 2, 2012. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  6. ^ "Honolulu City Council". Archived from the original on February 25, 2014.
  7. ^ "About Councilmember Manahan". January 11, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2020.
  8. ^ "Farrington High School To Modernize Campus". Honolulu Civil Beat. December 14, 2011. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  9. ^ "Joey Manahan announces Congressional run - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser". Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  10. ^ "Takai, Gabbard, Tsuitsui win Democratic primaries in Hawaii". Rafu Shimpo. August 13, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  11. ^ Eagle, Nathan (August 9, 2014). "Hawaii congressional districts: Takai triumphs". Honolulu Civil Beat. Retrieved August 4, 2020.

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