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.

Why It’s So Hard For Homeless People To Collect Seized Belongings On Oahu Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Why It’s So Hard For Homeless People To Collect Seized Belongings On Oahu

Civil rights advocates say the storage warehouse is too hard to reach and homeless people should be allowed to keep possessions needed to survive.

Are Tiny Homes The Answer To Homelessness? Hawaii Is Giving Them A Try Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Are Tiny Homes The Answer To Homelessness? Hawaii Is Giving Them A Try

The $4.6 million project took two years to complete because of Covid-19 delays. The first residents are due to move in next month.

 

Should A Pilot Program To Expand Homeless Services In Hawaii Be Extended? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Should A Pilot Program To Expand Homeless Services In Hawaii Be Extended?

Ohana Zones funding has helped transition 1,100 homeless people into permanent housing.

Honolulu Will Allow Full Capacity At Outdoor And Indoor Venues Cassie Ordonio/Civil Beat/2021

Honolulu Will Allow Full Capacity At Outdoor And Indoor Venues

The city is easing Covid-19 restrictions by lifting some limits on crowd sizes, but it’s maintaining mask and vaccine requirements.

Oahu Commission Approves Final Redistricting Plan For City Council Screenshot

Oahu Commission Approves Final Redistricting Plan For City Council

After heavy testimony from the community and sparring between commissioners, the final map was chosen to match the population change.

Honolulu Wants Covid Relief Funds To Be Used For ‘The Highest And Greatest Needs’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Wants Covid Relief Funds To Be Used For ‘The Highest And Greatest Needs’

Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s office and the City Council are still hammering out details about how to spend $386 million in ARPA funds.

Prized Red Ginger Is Being Laid Low In Hawaii By Viruses Courtesy: C&C Tropicals

Prized Red Ginger Is Being Laid Low In Hawaii By Viruses

Researchers have found the viruses are the primary cause of the decline in flower production, and some are choosing to no longer grow them.

Hawaii Nursery’s Hunt For Missing Plants Underscores Poaching Concerns Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Nursery’s Hunt For Missing Plants Underscores Poaching Concerns

The co-founder of Hui Ku Maoli Ola is scanning through online markets to make sure his plants are not a part of the commercial trade.

Oahu Commission Approves Three Maps. Now The Public Gets A Say Screenshot

Oahu Commission Approves Three Maps. Now The Public Gets A Say

The public will have two days to testify on how they want their City Council district lines to look.