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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.

Paid To Stand By: How A Botched Rail Contract Multiplied Costs Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Paid To Stand By: How A Botched Rail Contract Multiplied Costs

Rail contractors were paid to ramp up and be ready to perform utility relocation work that didn’t materialize.

Nan Inc. Prevails In Rail-Related Whistleblower Lawsuit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Nan Inc. Prevails In Rail-Related Whistleblower Lawsuit

The firm’s former in-house counsel had alleged illegal activity related to rail work in 2019.

HART’s Expecting Fewer Riders — Even Absent The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART’s Expecting Fewer Riders — Even Absent The Pandemic

The most recent rail ridership estimates are down almost 18%, largely based on a pre-pandemic drop in bus ridership.

Aalto Moves Closer To Replacing Uno On HART Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

Aalto Moves Closer To Replacing Uno On HART Board

UPDATED: The journalist and filmmaker said he would provide an inquisitiveness that’s been sorely lacking on the board.

City Council Leaders Look To Remove Rail Critic From HART Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

City Council Leaders Look To Remove Rail Critic From HART Board

Joe Uno says he’s being targeted for his support to stop rail at Middle Street and he’s incensed at the choice of replacement: filmmaker Anthony Aalto.

Building Honolulu Rail: It’s Just A Matter Of Time Before You Hit Something Important April Estrellon/Civil Beat/2021

Building Honolulu Rail: It’s Just A Matter Of Time Before You Hit Something Important

Utilities often aren’t where they’re shown on the drawings. For rail work on Dillingham, buried hazards are a complicated and expensive reality.

Toby Martyn Resigns As HART Board Chair Amid Latest Rail Upheaval Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Toby Martyn Resigns As HART Board Chair Amid Latest Rail Upheaval

The move comes as the board faces scrutiny for its questionable handling of two recent consultant contract awards.

OIP To Investigate HART For Possible Sunshine Law Violations Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

OIP To Investigate HART For Possible Sunshine Law Violations

Normally there’s a six-month cutoff to investigate such matters, but OIP made an exception due to the “significant public interest” in HART.

New Study: Oahu Freeways Deliver The Roughest Rides In The Country Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

New Study: Oahu Freeways Deliver The Roughest Rides In The Country

But the state’s DOT deputy director says the new report from a D.C.-based research group doesn’t tell the whole story.