2020 - 2021

HŌʻĀ OʻAHU TEAM

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Cassie Ordonio

Along with being a co-editor for Ho‘a O‘ahu, Cassie is also the campus government reporter for Ka Leo O Hawai‘i and an intern for Lady Pasifika. Previously she interned at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, where she reported on the state Legislature, social issues, homelessness, and more. Her bylines are featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawai‘i Business Magazine, El Tecolote and 48hills.

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David Reardon

David Reardon’s position is co-editor of Ho’a. Prior to COVID-19, his hobbies included singing karaoke, playing live poker, and dining out. With a forced break from those activities, Dave has now memorized every line in every episode of Law & Order. Dave is interested in learning from and helping his classmates.

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Liam Thropp

Liam is a 4th year journalism student pursuing a career in international communication. Besides being a Web Editor for Ho’a O’ahu, he is an editorial intern at Hawaii Business Magazine and a rock album reviewer for mxdwn Magazine.

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Elizabeth Ufi

Elizabeth Ufi is the Co-Web Editor for Ho’a. Elizabeth has dreamed to have a career in journalism since she was in 8th grade, and she says being a part of UH Manoa’s journalism program has been an amazing learning experience.

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Charissa Porter

Charissa Porter is a web editor for Hoʻā at UH Mānoa and former journalist for Ka ʻOhana at Windward Community College. She also has one-and-a-half years of experience as an associate producer at KITV. Her interests include eco-conservation initiatives, cannabis for Veterans, and Indigenous education. She is a married mother of two toddlers. In her rare free time she enjoys mixing music, editing videos, painting, and gardening. 

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Damian Lyman

Damian Lyman's chose a path in journalism because he has questions that need to be answered!

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Kaliyah Natividad

My name is Kaliyah Natividad and I am an aspiring photojournalist at UH Manoa. Since moving to O’ahu in 2015, I have been inspired by its landscapes, people and culture which I aim to share through visual storytelling. 

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Samantha Sexton

Sami Sexton is on the multimedia team and is a Digital Media intern for Ka Leo. Sami loves taking pictures, being creative, traveling and checking out new spots, hitting up the beach, and spending time editing work at coffee shops! Sami is majoring in Journalism and minoring in Art and Communicology. She loves people and being able to use her creative passions for storytelling.

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Sean Ibara

Sean Ibara’s position at Ho’a Oahu is multimedia editor. His hobbies include singing, hiking, and going to the beach.

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Tamara Goebbert

Tamara Goebbert is the news editor for Ho‘a O‘ahu. She is also a staff writer and videographer for Ka Leo O Hawai‘i and an intern for the State Capitol under Senator Donovan Dela Cruz. She is studying Journalism and Political Science and is planning to pursue broadcast journalism.

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Alyssa Rodello

Alyssa Rodello is the Features editor for HOA Oʻahu. She is a Journalism major with an Art minor at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and is from Greeley, Colorado. She loves spending time taking photos and doing outdoorsy activities. She has grown a strong passion for art and film photography in the last year and plans on using her skills learned in Journalism and applying them to her future career.

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Georgia Clair Johnson-King

Georgia Clair Johnson-King is a 23-year-old aspiring Science Journalist, UH Manoa Student, and currently an editor for HOA Oʻahu. After moving to Hawaiʻi in 2017 to pursue Marine Biology she found a passion for reporting the wonders of the natural world and has relentlessly pursued journalistic endeavours since. Her hobbies include studying Japanese language, literature, and culture, hiking, horse-riding, travelling and of course, writing!

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Ku'ualohapau'ole Lau

Along with being a design editor for Ho‘a O‘ahu, Kuʻualohapauʻole "Aloha" Lau also is a student intern at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. She works with the Digital and Print Media team and contributes to the Ka Wai Ola newspaper. She has published articles in the Ka Wai Ola and has video published on OHA's social media platforms. Her voice has also been featured in numerous campaign advertisements. Aloha also enjoys working with local businesses to promote their products on Instagram.

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Sophia Compton

Sophia Compton believes that journalism is crucial to maintaining an informed public and keeping democracy in check. While an added benefit of journalism is that it can be heartwarming and entertaining, it is also necessary to help the public make educated decisions about their live.

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Rhea Saura

Rhea Saura’s position is in the Social Media department. Rhea’s hobbies include hiking, going to the beach, playing guitar and going on runs. 

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Mathew Vasconcellos

Mathew Vasconcellos’ position is in the Social Media department.  His hobbies are riding motocross, making YouTube videos, playing video games, spending time with family, and rewatching old TV shows or cartoons from his childhood.

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