Cassie Ordonio is a reporting intern for Honolulu Civil Beat. Previously she interned at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for a year, covering the State 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.
Complaints by annoyed neighbors about crowded parking spaces prompted the city to introduce a resolution.
The City Council included $1 million for the project in its budget this year, but Mayor Rick Blangiardi had to agree to release the funds.
Shelters have reduced capacity and implemented Covid-19 vaccine or testing mandates to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The consensus was that it’s too soon to predict whether the delta-fueled surge in coronavirus cases has peaked in Hawaii.
Gov. David Ige urged people to comply with Covid safety measures including wearing masks and maintaining social distance over the three-day weekend.
More than 250 people, apparently fueled by social media posts, testified for more than four hours at what was supposed to be an informational meeting about the pandemic.
The blueprint includes $15 million for expanded coronavirus testing and other services and $10 million for vaccine incentives.
Honolulu’s mayor promised to end sweeps of homeless encampments, but his administration says it still needs to clear the “sidewalks, streets and parks.”
Honolulu mayor also says city is considering a “vaccine passport” program for restaurants.