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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.

Hawaii Island Crash Prompts Call For ‘Immediate’ Inspections Of Helicopter Model NTSB/2022

Hawaii Island Crash Prompts Call For ‘Immediate’ Inspections Of Helicopter Model

The tail boom separated from the fuselage during that tour crash. Missing bolts that attach those parts have investigators concerned.

NOAA: Just One Hurricane Passed Through Central Pacific In 2022 Season Courtesy: NWS/2020

NOAA: Just One Hurricane Passed Through Central Pacific In 2022 Season

The agency had predicted between two to four tropical cyclones would appear, an amount that also would have been below normal.

Climate Change Experts Are Taking Lessons From Indigenous Knowledge Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Climate Change Experts Are Taking Lessons From Indigenous Knowledge

The updated report will also discuss climate change’s impacts on human health, including mental health.

Handi-Van Users Are Stuck On Hold Due To Lack Of Staff David Croxford/Civil Beat/2022

Handi-Van Users Are Stuck On Hold Due To Lack Of Staff

City leaders say they’re working to fix the latest, “unacceptable” call wait times. But the fix could take a while.

Hitachi: Two Trains Hit Each Other At Low Speed During Rail Yard Exercise Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hitachi: Two Trains Hit Each Other At Low Speed During Rail Yard Exercise

The incident is what’s known as a “hard coupling,” where two trains connect while moving too fast.

Can Private Insurance Save Hawaii’s Coral Reefs? Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2022

Can Private Insurance Save Hawaii’s Coral Reefs?

Fierce storms pose a growing threat to the islands’ beleaguered reefs. Insurance coverage could help restore them, conservationists say.

Wespac Is Still Fighting A Federal Audit That Found Over $1 Million In Questionable Spending

Wespac Is Still Fighting A Federal Audit That Found Over $1 Million In Questionable Spending

One out of every $6 spent over a decade by the influential regional fishery council was questioned by investigators.

HART: 8 Westside Rail Station Supports Need Retrofits Before Service Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

HART: 8 Westside Rail Station Supports Need Retrofits Before Service

It’s still not clear how the repairs affect the city’s plans to launch passenger service early next year.