Civil Beat Staff

Cassie Ordonio

Cassie Ordonio is a reporter for Honolulu Civil Beat. She joined the news organization as an intern in 2021, having previously interned at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for a year, covering the Legislature, social issues, education and more.

She also reported for San Francisco-based newspapers El Tecolote, 48 Hills, Ingleside Light and Castro Courier.

Cassie, of Filipino and Chamorro descent, was born and raised in California. She recently graduated from the University of Hawaii Manoa with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Pacific Islands studies.

Along with working for Civil Beat, she is also one of 22 fellows for AAJA Voices, a mentorship program that aims to increase diversity in journalism while providing mentors from the Los Angeles Times and ESPN to train them.

When she’s not working, she’s on a desperate search for some good horchata or simply trying to keep her house plants alive.

Hawaii Legislature: Inside The Push To Make School Meals Free In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

Hawaii Legislature: Inside The Push To Make School Meals Free In Hawaii

A growing number of states are looking for ways to make free meals a permanent part of public education.

How A Longtime Politician Became The Chair Of The House Finance Committee Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

How A Longtime Politician Became The Chair Of The House Finance Committee

Rep. Kyle Yamashita, who is known for his quiet nature, is leading one of the most powerful committees in the Legislature.

The Clock Is Running On Plan To Finally Meet Family Demand For Pre-K David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023

The Clock Is Running On Plan To Finally Meet Family Demand For Pre-K

The ambitious public-private blueprint has drawn positive reviews from early childhood education advocates but questions over the lengthy timeframe.
New Mauna Kea Board Asks Legislature To Approve $28M For Transition Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

New Mauna Kea Board Asks Legislature To Approve $28M For Transition

The panel is gearing up to assume control of the mountain from the University of Hawaii in 2028, but it's just getting started.
Hawaii’s Governor Vowed To Cut Homelessness. Will The Legislature Go Along? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii’s Governor Vowed To Cut Homelessness. Will The Legislature Go Along?

The lack of mental health services in the state has hit the homeless community especially hard.
Hawaii Agency Is Racing ‘Against The Clock’ To Build New Preschools UH Manoa Children’s Center

Hawaii Agency Is Racing ‘Against The Clock’ To Build New Preschools

The School Facilities Authority says it needs help to meet a June 2024 deadline to build and renovate up to 200 preschool classrooms.
Why Community Efforts Aren’t Enough To Save Oahu’s Aging Cemeteries David Croxford/Civil Beat/2022

Why Community Efforts Aren’t Enough To Save Oahu’s Aging Cemeteries

Only a fraction of cemeteries on the island are licensed by the state and not all have a perpetual care fund to cover maintenance costs after the cemetery fills up.
UHERO: Hawaii May Escape A Recession Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

UHERO: Hawaii May Escape A Recession

But the weakened yen has slowed down the return visitors from Japan.
OHA: Carmen Hulu Lindsey Will Remain Chair Of Board Of Trustees Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

OHA: Carmen Hulu Lindsey Will Remain Chair Of Board Of Trustees

The board also voted for Mililani Trask to serve as vice chair in its first meeting since the Nov. 8 election.