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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 Traffic Is Terrible. So Why Aren’t More People Riding TheBus? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Traffic Is Terrible. So Why Aren’t More People Riding TheBus?

With ridership sliding, city officials are trying to get more butts in transit seats.

New Ala Moana Pedestrian Bridge Planned Near Fatal Crash Site Marcel Honore/Civil Beat

New Ala Moana Pedestrian Bridge Planned Near Fatal Crash Site

Kakaako developers hope the new bridge will also serve as a “linear park” for pedestrians, similar to New York City’s High Line park.

Oysters Unleashed: A New Hack To Help Clean Hawaii’s Filthy Waters Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oysters Unleashed: A New Hack To Help Clean Hawaii’s Filthy Waters

For decades, oysters have helped filter polluted waterways elsewhere. Now, researchers are testing how well those efforts would do in Hawaii.

Feds Demanded Rail Information From Honolulu City Hall Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Demanded Rail Information From Honolulu City Hall

Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s office was tight-lipped about the details.

Rail Contractor’s Former Lawyer Alleges ‘Illegal’ And ‘Dishonest’ Activity Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Contractor’s Former Lawyer Alleges ‘Illegal’ And ‘Dishonest’ Activity

A whistleblower lawsuit says Nan Inc. tried to drive up rail construction claims at taxpayers’ expense.

Criminal Probe Into Rail Might Creep Into Honolulu Hale, Attorneys Fear Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Criminal Probe Into Rail Might Creep Into Honolulu Hale, Attorneys Fear

After the City Council rejected using taxpayer money to pay for legal representation, city employees would have to seek it out on their own.

Plan To Award Rail’s Final Contract Reaches Point Of No Return Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Plan To Award Rail’s Final Contract Reaches Point Of No Return

HART is no longer considering a Plan B in case its pursuit of a public private partnership fails to get rail done.

Staffer Convicted In Union Vote Rigging Out At HART Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Staffer Convicted In Union Vote Rigging Out At HART

UPDATED: Yamanoha’s continued employment at HART drew criticism, but rail agency officials won’t say whether he was fired or left voluntarily.

Kiewit’s Payments On Hold Pending Findings Of Rail Investigation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kiewit’s Payments On Hold Pending Findings Of Rail Investigation

The contractor’s payment denials are among $77 million in freshly rejected rail invoices that didn’t meet state standards for legitimate construction costs.

$88 Billion: A New Price Tag For Fixing Hawaii’s Infrastructure And Retirement Systems Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$88 Billion: A New Price Tag For Fixing Hawaii’s Infrastructure And Retirement Systems

A new report from the Hawaii Executive Conference details the state’s worsening financial problems, but it doesn’t offer any solutions.

HART’s Shoddy Relocation Program Took A Toll On Those Displaced By Rail Marcel Honore/Civil Beat

HART’s Shoddy Relocation Program Took A Toll On Those Displaced By Rail

For years, the agency didn’t follow the proper federal rules moving businesses on the path of the rail line. Those still in charge will spend the next year cleaning up the mess.

Honolulu Rail’s West Side Station Costs Are Soaring Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail’s West Side Station Costs Are Soaring

The HART board is poised to approve an $18 million deal to resolve about 150 construction claims. More claims on those stations remain.