Civil Beat Staff

Eleni Avendaño

Eleni Avendaño is a reporter covering public health for Civil Beat. Her coverage is funded in part by a grant from Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project.

She covers disparities in health care outcomes and access to care among Native Hawaiians and other ethnic groups, low-income communities and residents of more remote areas.

She has won numerous awards for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter.

Eleni was born and raised in Honolulu and graduated from Roosevelt High School. She graduated from American University in 2014 and earned her master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley in 2019.

September 2020

Friday, September 25

Airlines Are Racing To Offer COVID-19 Testing To Hawaii-Bound Passengers

Saturday, September 12

Lt. Gov. Josh Green: ‘I Don’t Feel Differently At All’

Thursday, September 10

These Hotels Are Starting To Help Hawaii’s Virus Control Effort

Hawaii’s Health Department Received Millions In COVID-19 Grants. Where Is It Going?

Friday, September 4

Hawaii Has A New COVID-19 Data Dashboard With New Metrics

New Contact Tracing Head Is Back At DOH After Leadership Shakeup

Thursday, September 3

Sarah Park Is Stepping Aside At Hawaii Department Of Health

August 2020

Monday, August 31

Oahu Extends Free COVID-19 Testing After Program Gets Off To ‘Rocky’ Start

Sunday, August 30

Hawaii And Maui Counties May Be Reaching A Virus ‘Tipping Point’

Wednesday, August 26

Thousands Turn Out For Free COVID-19 Tests On Oahu

Monday, August 24

Hawaii Asks Feds To Send More Nurses To Help With The Pandemic

Friday, August 21

COVID-19 Cases At Care Homes Are ‘Worse Than We Imagined’

Hawaii Hospitals May Need Federal Help To Handle A Potential Flood Of Patients

Tuesday, August 18

Oahu Crackdown: 5 People Max At Any Social Gathering

July 2020

Friday, July 31

Hawaii Has Avoided Large Outbreaks At Care Homes. Can We Keep It That Way?

Wednesday, July 29

Officials Weigh New Restrictions As Virus Count Spikes On Oahu

Tuesday, July 28

Honolulu Mayor Wants Bar, Mask Crackdown

Friday, July 24

Hawaii Sees Another Record Number Of Daily COVID-19 Cases

Thursday, July 23

Hawaii Reports Record 55 COVID-19 Cases In One Day

Tuesday, July 14

Survey: A Majority Of Hawaii Residents Support Coronavirus Restrictions

Monday, July 13

Hawaii Records 3 More COVID-19 Deaths

Thursday, July 9

Plans For Increasing COVID-19 Testing At Care Homes On Hold

9 COVID-19 Cases Found At Hawaii State Hospital

Wednesday, July 8

Hawaii Labs Face Shortage Of COVID-19 Testing Supplies

Hawaii Lawmakers Won’t Give Health Director Broad COVID-19 Screening Powers

Tuesday, July 7

Spike In Covid-19 Cases Is A ‘Wake-Up Call’ For Residents

Does Hawaii Have A Grip On COVID-19?

Wednesday, July 1

Lots Of Questions Surround Hawaii’s Pre-Travel Testing Program

June 2020

Friday, June 26

COVID-19 Quarantine Facility Links Homeless To Range Of Services

Wednesday, June 24

Ige: Hawaii’s Quarantine Will Be Lifted For Those Who Show Proof Of Negative COVID-19 Test

Friday, June 19

Cluster of New COVID-19 Cases Found In Wahiawa Elderly Care Homes

Oahu Nursing Home Will Test All Residents And Staff Weekly For COVID-19

Wednesday, June 17

Growing COVID-19 Cluster at Oahu Nursing Home Sets Off Warning Signs

Saturday, June 13

What’s Behind The Recent Uptick of COVID-19 Cases In Hawaii?

Hawaii Researchers Search For Clues To The Mysteries Of COVID-19

Friday, June 12

How This Hawaiian Homestead’s Swift Response To COVID-19 Paid Off

Wednesday, June 10

Gov. David Ige Extends Trans-Pacific Travel Quarantine To July 31

Friday, June 5

Report Of COVID-19 Nursing Home Death Wasn’t Accurate, DOH Says

How These Hawaii Kupuna Battle Loneliness During The Pandemic

Thursday, June 4

Lt. Gov. Green Wants Random COVID-19 Testing At Airports

May 2020

Saturday, May 30

Queen’s, Hawaii Pacific Health Get Big Chunk Of Federal Health Care Bailout

Friday, May 29

COVID-19 Prompts Redo Of Hawaii’s Medicaid Contracts

Thursday, May 21

Honolulu Developing A Major Expansion Of COVID-19 Testing

Wednesday, May 20

Free ‘Pop-Up’ Health Clinic In Kalihi Aims To Cover The Newly Uninsured

Monday, May 18

Health Officials Order Free Meal Delivery Program To Stop Operations

Hawaii Medicaid Applications Soar Amid Widespread Job Losses

Friday, May 15

1 New COVID-19 Case On The Big Island

Thursday, May 14

No New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Hawaii

Wednesday, May 13

Schatz: Hawaii Not Moving Fast Enough On Contact Tracing

3 New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed On Oahu

School’s Out And With It A Reliable System For Flagging Abuse

Tuesday, May 12

Only 1 New COVID-19 Case Reported In Hawaii

Monday, May 11

Native Hawaiians Eligible For Rental Assistance During COVID-19 Crisis

2 New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed In Hawaii

These Retired Hawaii Doctors And Nurses Work Behind The Scenes Battling COVID-19

Friday, May 8

No New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed For The First Time In Nearly 2 Months

Thursday, May 7

Three New COVID-19 Infections Confirmed On Oahu

Wednesday, May 6

Just 1 More COVID-19 Case Reported On Oahu

Tuesday, May 5

Four New COVID-19 Infections, Including Three On Oahu

Monday, May 4

Ige Urged To Order DOH To Accept More Pandemic Help

1 New COVID-19 Case Confirmed On The Big Island

Saturday, May 2

COVID-19 Antibody Testing Ramps Up In Hawaii Without DOH Endorsement

Friday, May 1

Recoveries Outnumber New COVID-19 Cases in Hawaii

April 2020

Thursday, April 30

Hawaii Senate Committee: Why Can’t We Enforce The Travel Quarantine?

Hawaii DOH Reports 5 New COVID-19 Cases

Wednesday, April 29

COVID-19 Curve ‘Flattened’ But Tourism Won’t Open Soon

4 New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed In Hawaii

Some Adult Care Homes Want Inspections Halted During COVID-19 Crisis

Tuesday, April 28

Hawaii Labs Improve COVID-19 Testing Turnaround Times

2 New COVID-19 Cases Reported, Including First Lanai Resident

Monday, April 27

DOH: One More COVID-19 Case And One Death

Friday, April 24

Hawaii Reports 2 More COVID-19 Deaths

Thursday, April 23

Hawaii Receives $16M From Feds To Boost Testing, Contact Tracing

4 New COVID-19 Infections Reported In Hawaii

Wednesday, April 22

Hawaii Reports 6 New Cases of COVID-19

Tuesday, April 21

Hawaii’s COVID-19 Death Toll Reaches 12

Monday, April 20

Hawaii Reports 4 New COVID-19 Cases

Tracing the Path Of COVID-19 In Hawaii — 1 Name At A Time

Friday, April 17

Hawaii Reports 12 New COVID-19 Cases

Thursday, April 16

Hawaii Reports 11 New COVID-19 Cases

Wednesday, April 15

More Than Half Of Hawaii’s 530 COVID-19 Cases Have Recovered

Tuesday, April 14

Hawaii Coronavirus Cases Reach 517

Monday, April 13

Hawaii COVID-19 Cases Surpass 500

Friday, April 10

Hawaii’s Senior Care Facilities Scramble To Prepare For COVID-19 Spread

Thursday, April 9

Hawaii Reports 7 New COVID-19 Cases, Taking The Total To 442

Tuesday, April 7

Hawaii COVID-19 Infections Now Exceed 400

Monday, April 6

Hawaii COVID-19 Cases Nears 400

Friday, April 3

Hawaii National Guard Called Out To Help With Coronavirus Response

Third Person Dies of COVID-19 In Hawaii

Thursday, April 2

Hawaii Reports Second Death And 27 New COVID-19 Cases

Wednesday, April 1

Hawaii Reports 34 More COVID-19 Cases

March 2020

Tuesday, March 31

Hawaii Reports First COVID-19 Death

New State Virus Maps Have Some Geographic Breakdowns

COVID-19 Is Taking A Big Toll On Other Types Of Health Care

Monday, March 30

Hawaii COVID-19 Count Exceeds 200

Sunday, March 29

#PPE4Hawaii: Volunteers Step Up To Fill Shortage Of Protective Gear

Saturday, March 28

Many COVID-19 Test Results Are Taking Up To 10 Days To Come Back

Friday, March 27

Hawaii COVID-19 Case Count Hits 120

Thursday, March 26

Hawaii COVID-19 Cases Surpass 100

Hawaii Health Workers Are Already Running Low On Protective Gear

Wednesday, March 25

Hawaii Reports 6 New COVID-19 Cases

Report Of Hawaii’s First COVID-19 Death Was Inaccurate

Hawaii Doctors Battle State Health Department Over COVID-19 Testing

Tuesday, March 24

Hawaii’s COVID-19 Cases Hit 90

Monday, March 23

Coronavirus Q&A: Who Is Exempt From Stay-At-Home Rule?

Hawaii Announces First Death From The COVID-19 Virus

Coronavirus Q&A: Why Aren’t We Testing Mild Symptoms?

Saturday, March 21

Coronavirus Q&A: Are Visitors Or Residents Bringing COVID-19 To Hawaii?

Friday, March 20

Coronavirus Q&A: How Does COVID-19 Compare To The Flu? 

DOH: First Community-Spread Cases of COVID-19 Reported On Oahu

Coronavirus Q&A: Why Are Airlines Still Luring People With Low Fares?

DOH Testing in Hawaii For COVID-19 Remains Deliberately Narrow

Thursday, March 19

10 New Coronavirus Cases Reported In Hawaii

Are Hawaii Hospitals Prepared For A Pandemic?

Coronavirus Q&A: Is It OK To Take Ibuprofen?

Wednesday, March 18

Coronavirus Q&A: How Many COVID-19 Tests Has Hawaii Conducted?

Tuesday, March 17

Coronavirus Q&A: Should I Avoid My Grandkids?

Monday, March 16

Honolulu Closes Facilities, Cancels Events As Coronavirus Spreads

Friday, March 13

Keeping Hawaii’s Homeless Safe From Coronavirus

Thursday, March 12

Coronavirus Q&A: Are We Banning Cruise Ships?

Wednesday, March 11

Answers To Your Questions About Coronavirus In Hawaii

Friday, March 6

Cruise Ship Passenger Is Hawaii’s First Coronavirus Case

Potty Parity: Should Women Have More Public Toilets Than Men?

Thursday, March 5

From Birth Control To Folic Acid: Bill Would Mandate More Reproductive Health Benefits

Tuesday, March 3

Hawaii Officials Set Testing Procedures For Coronavirus

Monday, March 2

How Prepared Are Hawaii Hospitals For Coronavirus?

February 2020

Friday, February 28

Hawaii’s First Test For Coronavirus Comes Back Negative

Wednesday, February 26

Why Hawaii Continues To Keep Fluoride Out Of Its Drinking Water

Tuesday, February 25

Hawaii Lawmakers Prepare For Potential Coronavirus Cases

Proposed Crackdown On Vaping Advances At The Legislature

Thursday, February 20

Number of People Being Monitored For Coronavirus In Hawaii Is Dropping

Why So Few Kids In Hawaii Get Tested For Lead Poisoning

Thursday, February 13

Neighbor Island Clinics Worry About Fewer Medicaid Options

Wednesday, February 12

Bill Would Let Hawaii Residents Buy Medicine From Canada

Monday, February 10

One Hawaii Resident In Mandatory Coronavirus Quarantine

Thursday, February 6

Fear Of The Coronavirus Probably Won’t Get You Asylum In The US

Wednesday, February 5

Lawmakers Look To Add Dental Coverage For Medicaid Recipients

Monday, February 3

Any Future Coronavirus Patients Will Be Quarantined At Pearl Harbor

Scientists Say Many Rat Lungworm Cases In Hawaii May Go Unreported

January 2020

Friday, January 31

Honolulu Among 7 Airports To Receive All China Flights Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Wednesday, January 29

More Oversight Of Vape Shops Expected Under New Federal Ban On Tobacco Sales

Tuesday, January 28

Health Officials Step Up Coronavirus Precautions At Honolulu Airport

Friday, January 24

Hawaii Medicaid Patients May Have Fewer Insurance Choices

Wednesday, January 22

Hawaii Doctors Hopeful Over-The-Counter Drug Can Fight Rat Lungworm Disease

Thursday, January 16

Lawsuit: Slug Found In Sandwich Exposed Family To Rat Lungworm Disease

Thursday, January 9

Hawaii Lawmakers Pushing For A Crackdown On Vaping

Wednesday, January 8

Medicare Trims Payments To 8 Hawaii Hospitals