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Marcel Honore

Marcel Honore primarily covers rail for Civil Beat -- and he's always on the lookout for ways to describe the local transit project other than "cash-strapped," "beleaguered" and "financially challenged" in his reports. A native of Los Angeles, Marcel moved to Oahu in January 2013 and spent nearly five years covering transportation for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He also served as the paper's main correspondent covering the Hokule'a's three-year worldwide voyage, sailing aboard the canoe on several of its international legs. Prior to his Hawaii arrival, Marcel worked at the Palm Springs, California, Desert Sun, where he covered city government and immigration issues. His investigations into arsenic-tinged drinking water, foul odors emanating from a contaminated-soil facility and other environmental challenges affecting that region garnered several awards, including a 2011 California Newspaper Publishers Award. Marcel started his journalism career as a graduate student at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where he served as a Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Seattle Times and the Santa Barbara News-Press. While at Northwestern he also worked at the Associated Press' Caracas, Venezuela, bureau covering policies under then-President Hugo Chavez. Marcel should be a much better surfer than he currently is. He sincerely apologizes for dropping in on your wave.
‘Lime’ Rental Scooters Invade Honolulu With Mixed Results Marcel Honore/Civil Beat

‘Lime’ Rental Scooters Invade Honolulu With Mixed Results

UPDATED: The Mayor’s office said Thursday that the company is operating illegally and police will continue to impound the scooters.

New Plan Looks To Spare City From Cuts to Pay For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Plan Looks To Spare City From Cuts to Pay For Rail

The strategy involves big changes in HART’s financial accounting for the transit project.

Rail Leaders Look To Curb Runaway Costs With New Partners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Leaders Look To Curb Runaway Costs With New Partners

Honolulu’s rail agency is considering changing its strategy to complete the daunting construction work ahead.

HART’s Latest Rail Contract Is For $400M — Twice What It Had Estimated Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART’s Latest Rail Contract Is For $400M — Twice What It Had Estimated

In a break with past practice, the agency did not release the amounts that companies bid for the work to relocate utilities.

Honolulu Rail Project Loses Its Top Right-Of-Way Official Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Project Loses Its Top Right-Of-Way Official

The departure of Abbey Mayer is the latest in a string of more than 16 managers, directors and other top personnel to leave HART.

Competition May Be Coming To Honolulu’s Bike-Share Market Paul Sableman/Flickr.com

Competition May Be Coming To Honolulu’s Bike-Share Market

The nonprofit Biki launched in June. Now the for-profit LimeBike is advertising to fill job openings for its dockless service.

Feds: Honolulu Needs $250 Million More To Complete Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds: Honolulu Needs $250 Million More To Complete Rail

Local officials believe their $8.16 billion cost estimate remains sound, despite the shortfall identified in an unreleased draft report.

How Will Honolulu Pay To Run Rail Once It’s Built? The City Still Doesn’t Know Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Will Honolulu Pay To Run Rail Once It’s Built? The City Still Doesn’t Know

Many other rail transit systems rely on special sales taxes to pay what passenger fares don’t cover.

Honolulu Police Target Bicyclists With No Registration Tags Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Target Bicyclists With No Registration Tags

Advocates for more bike use were irked by recent police enforcements that appeared to target registration more than safety concerns.

Council Leaders, Mayor Caldwell Will Talk With Feds In DC About Rail Funding Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Leaders, Mayor Caldwell Will Talk With Feds In DC About Rail Funding

Honolulu Council Chair Ernie Martin and Budget Chair Trevor Ozawa, who proposed big cuts in the city budget to raise rail funds, will travel with the mayor to the Capitol.

Was The ‘Button Pusher’ A Problem Employee? State Won’t Release Details AP

Was The ‘Button Pusher’ A Problem Employee? State Won’t Release Details

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency said the worker who sent out a false missile alert had a record of incompetency, but he disputes that.

Candidates For Governor Focus On Native Hawaiian Issues At Forum Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Candidates For Governor Focus On Native Hawaiian Issues At Forum

All seven candidates appear — separately — before the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement.