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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.

Caldwell Offers A New Multimillion-Dollar Option For Natatorium Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Caldwell Offers A New Multimillion-Dollar Option For Natatorium

A solution is years away, but the mayor wants people to know “we haven’t forgot” the dilapidated World War I memorial.

Crews Are Close to Finally Ridding Waikiki Of The Pacific Paradise Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Crews Are Close to Finally Ridding Waikiki Of The Pacific Paradise

The Coast Guard says the cost of salvaging the wrecked vessel has already exceeded $1 million.

Why Are Fewer People Riding TheBus? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Are Fewer People Riding TheBus?

Passenger counts nosedived in recent years, but Honolulu’s mass transit system still enjoys some of the highest demand in the country.

Uber, Lyft Cleared For Airport Pickups Under Pilot Program Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Uber, Lyft Cleared For Airport Pickups Under Pilot Program

UPDATED: Honolulu has been home to one of the few remaining major U.S. airports that doesn’t allow the pickups.

Could Self-Driving Cars And Buses Replace The Last Leg Of Rail? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Could Self-Driving Cars And Buses Replace The Last Leg Of Rail?

Longtime critics want to stop the elevated train at Middle Street, then embrace new transportation technologies for the rest of the route.

This Waikiki Shipwreck Is Proving Tough To Get Rid Of Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Waikiki Shipwreck Is Proving Tough To Get Rid Of

Salvage crews are readying for another attempt to get the grounded Pacific Paradise off the reef near Kaimana Beach.