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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.

Honolulu Rail Project Faces Critical Decisions In Next 60 Days Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Project Faces Critical Decisions In Next 60 Days

City leaders are once again sparring over rail as they look to comply with a federal agency’s challenging demands.

Federal Agency Issues New Ultimatums On Honolulu Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Federal Agency Issues New Ultimatums On Honolulu Rail

In a blunt letter, the Federal Transit Administration lays out demands that will prove tough for the city to meet.

St. Francis Medical Center Tries To Stop $80M Settlement For Abuse Victims Cory Lum/Civil Beat

St. Francis Medical Center Tries To Stop $80M Settlement For Abuse Victims

The center employed the psychiatrist accused of sexually abusing dozens of students at Kamehameha Schools, which reached the settlement with victims.

Hawaii Gears Up — Again — For Olivia AP

Hawaii Gears Up — Again — For Olivia

UPDATED: The entire state is now under a tropical storm warning as leaders encourage residents to be on guard.

Honolulu And Its Train-Maker In Dispute Over Project Delays Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Honolulu And Its Train-Maker In Dispute Over Project Delays

Ansaldo’s 2016 claim — which came to light Thursday — is the latest spat between the city and the firm building the rail cars and communications system.

In Governor’s Race, Ige Has Huge Cash Advantage Over Tupola Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

In Governor’s Race, Ige Has Huge Cash Advantage Over Tupola

The incumbent emerged from a bruising primary battle with more than $206,000 on hand. The Republican challenger has $11,700.

Lessons Learned From The Hurricane That Just Missed Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lessons Learned From The Hurricane That Just Missed Hawaii

Lane didn’t leave the devastation that many feared it would. It did leave Hawaii with a new standard for storm preparation.

Hurricane Closes Hawaii’s Harbors, Freezing A Fragile Supply Chain Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hurricane Closes Hawaii’s Harbors, Freezing A Fragile Supply Chain

If Hurricane Lane strikes Oahu, officials say they have a plan in place to clear roads for emergency access as soon as possible.

Hawaii Prepares As A Fearsome Storm Nears Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prepares As A Fearsome Storm Nears

UPDATED: Lane — potentially the most destructive storm Hawaii has faced in 26 years — is now a Category 4 hurricane.

Oahu Placed On Hurricane Watch As Storm Approaches NASA

Oahu Placed On Hurricane Watch As Storm Approaches

UPDATED: Maui is also under a watch, while a more-imminent hurricane warning is in effect for the Big Island.

The Primary Is Over So What’s Ahead For The General Election? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Primary Is Over So What’s Ahead For The General Election?

Still need your political fix? Critical questions will face Hawaii voters in November.

Josh Green Prevails In Democratic Lieutenant Governor Race Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Josh Green Prevails In Democratic Lieutenant Governor Race

Super PAC funding helped state Sen. Josh Green gain a significant advertising edge over state Sen. Jill Tokuda in the lead-up to the election.