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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.

Study Shows ‘Glimmer Of Hope’ Against Rapid Ohia Death Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Study Shows ‘Glimmer Of Hope’ Against Rapid Ohia Death

Seedlings aren’t dying from the fungal disease — but they’re easily killed by invasive weeds and animals, researchers found.

New Deal Reached To Fix Laniakea Parking, Traffic And Safety Problems PF Bentley/Civil Beat

New Deal Reached To Fix Laniakea Parking, Traffic And Safety Problems

UPDATED: For years, the North Shore beach has been a notorious traffic choke point and an unsafe crossing for visitors. A new court agreement could change that.

Substitute Teachers ‘Falling Through The Cracks’ Without Unemployment Payments Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Substitute Teachers ‘Falling Through The Cracks’ Without Unemployment Payments

Public schools depend on substitutes to help deal with a statewide teacher shortage, but their eligibility for summer unemployment insurance is in limbo.

The Latest Threat To Hawaii’s Coral Reefs: A New, Aggressive Algae Species courtesy of NOAA/National Marine Sanctuaries

The Latest Threat To Hawaii’s Coral Reefs: A New, Aggressive Algae Species

The algae has swiftly spread like a thick mat off Pearl and Hermes Atoll, smothering and killing coral reefs there, researchers say.

Agreement Reached To Protect Dwindling Shark Species Wikimedia Commons

Agreement Reached To Protect Dwindling Shark Species

Thousands of oceanic whitetip sharks have died in commercial fishing off Hawaii. Now, Wespac will have to devise a plan to better protect them.

Pedestrians In Hawaii Need More Space. Here’s How To Give It To Them Cory Lum/ Civil Beat

Pedestrians In Hawaii Need More Space. Here’s How To Give It To Them

COVID-19 has more Honolulu residents out walking. ‘Quick Build’ projects could keep it that way.

City To Start Daily Temperature Checks Of All Bus Drivers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City To Start Daily Temperature Checks Of All Bus Drivers

Plans for new mass-testing protocols were ramped up after a driver tested positive over the weekend.

COVID-19 Crisis Could Derail — Or Bolster — Conservation Efforts Courtesy of The Department of Land and Natural Resources

COVID-19 Crisis Could Derail — Or Bolster — Conservation Efforts

The virus has left environmental funding uncertain, but local groups hope stimulus dollars can create thousands of green jobs.

Hawaii Senators Introduce Bill To Close Air Tour Loopholes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senators Introduce Bill To Close Air Tour Loopholes

The measure also looks to make skydiving flights safer, following last year’s deadly crash at Dillingham Airfield.