Brandi Higa was born in California, raised in Hawaii, and graduated from Hawaii Baptist Academy in 2005.

She attended Fairfield University on a Division I volleyball scholarship where she received a Bachelor's Degree in English in 2009.

Her career in television started directly after college as an associate producer at KITV, where she went on to become a full-time employee in 2010. As a producer, she was tasked with launching the state's only weekend morning newscast as well as Hawaii's only hour-long 6pm newscast.

All along, Brandi never gave up her passion for volleyball. She was an assistant coach for the JV black team at 'Iolani School for three years, assistant coach for the Varsity team at Maryknoll School for one year, and coached club volleyball as a head coach at Ka Ulukoa for three years.