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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 Pulls Out Of Public-Private Partnership Plan For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Pulls Out Of Public-Private Partnership Plan For Rail

The rail agency insists it’s still trying to make the P3 deal work though.

Robbins Keeps His Job, But Rail Faces More ‘Substantial’ Impacts To Schedule And Cost Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Robbins Keeps His Job, But Rail Faces More ‘Substantial’ Impacts To Schedule And Cost

The critical utility relocation work on Dillingham Boulevard has stalled amid an epic impasse between HART and city planners.

Honolulu Rail Board May Replace CEO Andrew Robbins Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Board May Replace CEO Andrew Robbins

The rail agency has struggled to award the last major construction contract to build the full 20-mile transit project.

The Shark Keepers: How One Hawaiian Family Is Reclaiming Its Legacy Kaikea Nakachi

The Shark Keepers: How One Hawaiian Family Is Reclaiming Its Legacy

This father-and-son duo are pushing for more culturally sensitive methods for academic shark research. Will the University of Hawaii listen?

Honolulu Rail P3 Bidder Wants More Than $2 Billion For The Final Stretch Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail P3 Bidder Wants More Than $2 Billion For The Final Stretch

Local officials have remained tight-lipped on what’s happening with the long-anticipated award for the project’s final leg.

Handi-Van Riders Forced To Verify Disability In Person Despite Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Handi-Van Riders Forced To Verify Disability In Person Despite Pandemic

Similar services, such as the DMV, remain closed under the mayor’s latest emergency order.

Rail Board Confronts Project’s Deepening Financial, Contract Concerns Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Board Confronts Project’s Deepening Financial, Contract Concerns

HART members raised more questions about whether a public-private partnership is still in play and what a “plan B” might look like.

How Hawaii’s Reliance On ‘Labor Intensive’ Fax Machines Hampers Contact Tracing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Hawaii’s Reliance On ‘Labor Intensive’ Fax Machines Hampers Contact Tracing

UPDATED: Before asking to go on leave, the epidemiologist helping to lead the effort to identify how COVID-19 is spreading in the islands was trying to make the process more efficient.

State’s Acting Labor Director: We’re Ready To Handle A Surge In Jobless Claims Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State’s Acting Labor Director: We’re Ready To Handle A Surge In Jobless Claims

Those assurances come as DLIR still struggles to clear up thousands of complex claims that have proven difficult to resolve.