Olivia Hewang

Olivia Hewang, Copy Editor

Olivia is a copy editor, proofreading and revising stories before publication. She also works as a general assignment reporter, producing human-interest stories. She is currently the media managing editor at the Los Altos High School Talon. Olivia is a senior at Los Altos High School, and a founding member of the Post.


Economy sees full reopening — but some businesses see little practical change

STORY BY OLIVIA HEWANG AND MELODY XU, PHOTOS BY ARYA NASIKKAR The State of California this week underwent its full economic reopening, lifting major COVID-19 restrictions that have long been the norm for the past year. But despite the changes on paper, many in Downtown Mountain View haven’t noticed any immediate change. “To be honest,…

Getting a cheesecake from Basuku is like winning the lottery

STORY BY OLIVIA HEWANG AND MADISON YUE, PHOTOS BY EMILY MCNALLY Melt-in-your mouth creamy, deeply caramelized and notoriously hard to come by nowadays, Charles Chen’s Basque cheesecakes have burst onto the Bay Area food scene. Basuku Cheesecakes, founded by Chen, has gained a cult following during the pandemic and now boasts pop-ups in San Francisco,…

Activists protest possible use of Moffett Field as detention center

STORY BY OLIVIA HEWANG, PHOTOS BY SADIE HINE / SPECIAL TO THE MIDPENINSULA POST Update (Sunday, March 21): The Department of Health and Human Services has decided to pass on using Moffett Field as a detention center. Waving colorful signs reading, “Kids Don’t Belong in Cages,” “F*ck Your Borders,” and “Free Them All,” local activists…

Foothills Park renamed Foothills Nature Preserve, city to implement annual passes

STORY BY OLIVIA HEWANG, PHOTO BY TOMOKI CHIEN The Palo Alto City Council tonight voted unanimously to rename Foothills Park to Foothills Nature Preserve, implement annual passes and set the attendance cap to 300 visitors at a time, although the city manager may increase the cap up to a maximum of 650 visitors.  The council…

Gluten-free bakery Sweet Diplomacy brings a community of food lovers often left out, together

STORY BY OLIVIA HEWANG AND MELODY XU, PHOTOS BY EMILY MCNALLY When Melody Hu happened to run out of regular flour while baking muffins at home one afternoon five years ago, she discovered gluten-free, mochiko rice flour to be a perfectly delicious substitute. The result of this accidental discovery is Sweet Diplomacy, a 100% gluten-free…

Artist of the Month: Dasha Korepanova delights with her whimsical creatures

STORY BY OLIVIA HEWANG AND DANA HUCH, PHOTO BY TOMOKI CHIEN Dasha Korepanova used to sell her character designs in exchange for virtual currency in a video game. Now, the Los Altos junior is inundated with so many requests for commissions — paid in real money, not in-game “spuds” — that it’s become difficult for…

CIF moves earliest start date to January, scraps season one regional and state championships

STORY BY TOMOKI CHIEN AND OLIVIA HEWANG The California Interscholastic Federation announced today in a press release that the earliest start date for season one sports will be Friday, January 1. Additionally, all season one state and regional competitions are canceled, and boys volleyball has been moved to season two. A modified season two calendar…

Santa Clara County has moved back into the purple tier of coronavirus restrictions

STORY BY OLIVIA HEWANG AND NATALIE WEI Santa Clara County has moved back into the purple tier of coronavirus restrictions, indicating widespread transmission. Here’s what you need to know. Schools that are currently open — such as elementary schools in LASD and PAUSD — will be allowed to continue in-person instruction. However, schools that have…

Gunn, PALY to return in person along with PAUSD middle schools in January

STORY BY TOMOKI CHIEN AND OLIVIA HEWANG, PHOTO BY TOMOKI CHIEN Palo Alto middle and high schools will reopen next semester under a hybrid model, following the Palo Alto Unified School District Board’s unanimous vote last night to approve the plan; that plan is set to be tweaked before reopening day, with further input from…