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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.

New Court Ruling Further Restricts Commercial Aquarium Fishing In Hawaii FromSandToGlass/Flickr

New Court Ruling Further Restricts Commercial Aquarium Fishing In Hawaii

More than half a million aquarium fish have been collected despite a 2017 state Supreme Court ruling. A new order says that shouldn’t have happened.

Hawaii Dodged The Dual Threat Of A Pandemic And Hurricane This Season Courtesy: NWS

Hawaii Dodged The Dual Threat Of A Pandemic And Hurricane This Season

There were fewer storms than on average in 2020, sparing the island state as it dealt with COVID-19 impacts.

Rail’s Interim Service Could Be Pushed Back A Year Amid COVID-19, Testing Woes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail’s Interim Service Could Be Pushed Back A Year Amid COVID-19, Testing Woes

Officials had hoped to deliver rail’s first 10 miles for service this fall. Now they don’t expect that to happen until late 2021.

‘How Do We Go Forward?’ Honolulu Rail Leaders Kill P3, Confront Unknown Costs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘How Do We Go Forward?’ Honolulu Rail Leaders Kill P3, Confront Unknown Costs

Officials will start a fourth attempt to find a way to finish the final four miles while adding hundreds of millions of dollars to the overall budget.

City Pushes Rail’s Opening To 2033, Price Tag Soars To $11 Billion Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Pushes Rail’s Opening To 2033, Price Tag Soars To $11 Billion

The mayor is pleading with the FTA to extend the deadline to avoid losing $250 million in federal money.

City Strives To Keep Transit Safe As More Bus Drivers Test Positive For COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Strives To Keep Transit Safe As More Bus Drivers Test Positive For COVID-19

Most of the drivers’ positive tests were attributed to factors outside of work. Three drivers, however, have filed workers’ compensation claims.

HART Still Pursuing Long-Shot Deal To Finish Rail Despite City Resistance Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Still Pursuing Long-Shot Deal To Finish Rail Despite City Resistance

The rail authority’s executive director refuses to give up on the potential public-private partnership as the agency’s board looks to replace him.

City’s Transportation Director Steps Down Early Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City’s Transportation Director Steps Down Early

Fryzstacki also served on the HART board and had to deal with rail’s utility-relocation approvals.

The Fish — And Fishermen — Are Back At Ala Moana Beach. Swimmers Are Not Happy Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

The Fish — And Fishermen — Are Back At Ala Moana Beach. Swimmers Are Not Happy

The pandemic brought more fish to Oahu’s nearshore waters and sparked conflict among ocean users. Now, boundaries are being proposed at Ala Moana.