Civil Beat Staff

Cassie Ordonio

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.

Honolulu City Council Wants To Regulate Car-Sharing Companies Flickr: Kai Friis

Honolulu City Council Wants To Regulate Car-Sharing Companies

Complaints by annoyed neighbors about crowded parking spaces prompted the city to introduce a resolution.

Honolulu Mayor Gives The Go-Ahead To Remove ‘Stairway To Heaven’ Flickr

Honolulu Mayor Gives The Go-Ahead To Remove ‘Stairway To Heaven’

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.

‘When We’re Full, We’re Full’: Oahu Homeless Shelters Struggle With High Demand Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

‘When We’re Full, We’re Full’: Oahu Homeless Shelters Struggle With High Demand

Shelters have reduced capacity and implemented Covid-19 vaccine or testing mandates to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Civil Cafe: Health And Data Experts Share Their Thoughts About Covid Predictions Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Civil Cafe: Health And Data Experts Share Their Thoughts About Covid Predictions

The consensus was that it’s too soon to predict whether the delta-fueled surge in coronavirus cases has peaked in Hawaii.

Hawaii Hospitals Near ‘Worst Case Scenario’ As Officials Try To Rein In Labor Day Gatherings Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Hospitals Near ‘Worst Case Scenario’ As Officials Try To Rein In Labor Day Gatherings

Gov. David Ige urged people to comply with Covid safety measures including wearing masks and maintaining social distance over the three-day weekend.

 

Covid Vaccine Opponents Try To Drown Out The Mayor At A Honolulu City Council Meeting Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Covid Vaccine Opponents Try To Drown Out The Mayor At A Honolulu City Council Meeting

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.

Here’s How Honolulu Plans To Spend $386 Million In Federal Covid Relief Funds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s How Honolulu Plans To Spend $386 Million In Federal Covid Relief Funds

The blueprint includes $15 million for expanded coronavirus testing and other services and $10 million for vaccine incentives.

Homeless Sweeps Or Sanitation Activities? Advocates Say There’s No Difference Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Homeless Sweeps Or Sanitation Activities? Advocates Say There’s No Difference

Honolulu’s mayor promised to end sweeps of homeless encampments, but his administration says it still needs to clear the “sidewalks, streets and parks.”

Blangiardi Seeks To Avoid ‘Lockdown’ As Hawaii Logs Record Number Of Covid Cases Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Blangiardi Seeks To Avoid ‘Lockdown’ As Hawaii Logs Record Number Of Covid Cases

Honolulu mayor also says city is considering a “vaccine passport” program for restaurants.