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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.

Kūmākena Nā Poʻe Hoʻokele Moku I Ka Hala Hoʻokāhāhā O Kekahi O Nā Loea Hoʻokele 'Oiwi TV

Kūmākena Nā Poʻe Hoʻokele Moku I Ka Hala Hoʻokāhāhā O Kekahi O Nā Loea Hoʻokele

ʻO Kalepa Baybayan, he kāpena ʻo ia no ka manawa he nui ma Hōkūleʻa i kākoʻo i ka hoʻomaka hou ʻana i ka hoʻokele kuʻuna ma ka Pakipika, ua hala  ʻokoʻa ʻo ia ma Seattle ma ka Pōʻahā. 

Will Hawaii’s Spinner Dolphins Finally Get A Rest From The Crowds? NOAA

Will Hawaii’s Spinner Dolphins Finally Get A Rest From The Crowds?

NOAA officials said they hope to finally issue a new rule this summer that bars anyone from approaching within 50 yards of the dolphins.

Blangiardi Suggests Rail Could Stop Short Of Ala Moana Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Blangiardi Suggests Rail Could Stop Short Of Ala Moana

It’s not clear how the FTA would respond to such a move. The mayor said he’ll bring it up with the agency during meetings this summer.

Nā Kahu Manō: He ʻOhana Hawaiʻi E Hoʻi I Ko Lākou Hoʻoilina Ponoʻī Courtesy: Kaikea Nakachi

Nā Kahu Manō: He ʻOhana Hawaiʻi E Hoʻi I Ko Lākou Hoʻoilina Ponoʻī

Ke paipai aku nei kekahi makuakāne a me kāna keikikāne i nā kaʻina hana kūpono i ka moʻomeheu ma ka noiʻi ʻimi naʻauao i nā manō. E hoʻolohe anei ke Kulanui o Hawaiʻi?

Ke Unuhi Aku Nei ʻO Civil Beat I Mau Moʻolelo Ma Ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Ke Unuhi Aku Nei ʻO Civil Beat I Mau Moʻolelo Ma Ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi

Kūlia kēia papahana kūikawā ʻo Ka Ulana Pilina i ka lawelawe kaiāulu ma o ka mālama ʻana i wahi e kono ʻia ai nā mea heluhelu ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. 

Hanabusa Awarded $200K HART Consulting Contract Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hanabusa Awarded $200K HART Consulting Contract

UPDATED: The 18-month contract comes after nearly half of HART’s staff was recently purged.

The ‘Mauka Shift’ Could Solve Rail’s Utility Woes. Why Did It Happen So Late? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The ‘Mauka Shift’ Could Solve Rail’s Utility Woes. Why Did It Happen So Late?

HART’s inability to relocate utilities along Dillingham is central to rail’s latest staggering cost spikes. Now, the agency says it finally has a “good plan.”

With Its New Climate Plan, The City Aims To Curb Oahu’s Growing Carbon Pollution Marcel Honore/Civil Beat

With Its New Climate Plan, The City Aims To Curb Oahu’s Growing Carbon Pollution

UPDATED: Transportation sources are the main culprit driving more greenhouse gas emissions on Oahu in recent years, the new plan states.

Lehua Island Is Finally Free Of Rats, Scoring A Big Win For Native Seabirds Island Conservation

Lehua Island Is Finally Free Of Rats, Scoring A Big Win For Native Seabirds

Officials continue to monitor closely for any sign of the rats, as just one pregnant female could swiftly repopulate the island.