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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.

Contested Case Hearing Would Extend The Legal Saga Over Crumbling Kakaako Streets Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Contested Case Hearing Would Extend The Legal Saga Over Crumbling Kakaako Streets

The private company that claims ownership and charges for parking on Kakaako roadways claims its recent $250,000 fine is baseless.

Latest Federal Aid Package To Help Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Latest Federal Aid Package To Help Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Officials are looking for a new site for the observatory after it was damaged and displaced amid the 2018 eruptions.

NOAA Forecasts As Many As Eight Central Pacific Cyclones In 2019 NOAA

NOAA Forecasts As Many As Eight Central Pacific Cyclones In 2019

UPDATED: Hawaii and the region could see another above-normal hurricane and tropical storm season, with ocean waters warmer than last year and protective wind shears weaker.

There’s Still No Word On How Much Honolulu Rail Will Cost —To Ride Cory Lum/Civil Beat

There’s Still No Word On How Much Honolulu Rail Will Cost —To Ride

Interim service looms next year, but city officials don’t know what the fares will be, and no formal proposals have been made.

No Link Between Honolulu, California Rail Troubles, Local Leaders Say Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No Link Between Honolulu, California Rail Troubles, Local Leaders Say

Federal officials just cut nearly $1 billion for California’s ambitious high-speed rail project, but local leaders say Honolulu is better poised to secure its remaining cash.

Kailua Crash Puts Hawaii’s Copter Tours Under A Microscope Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kailua Crash Puts Hawaii’s Copter Tours Under A Microscope

Regulators are updating the one flight manual that governs the state’s air tours, but the public won’t get to participate.

2018 Storms, Lava Cost More Than Half A Billion Dollars Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

2018 Storms, Lava Cost More Than Half A Billion Dollars

The latest $67 million in federal disaster recovery aid was announced Monday.

HART Poised To Approve $1.4 Million To Combat Bird Droppings Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Poised To Approve $1.4 Million To Combat Bird Droppings

Rail officials say so many pigeons and other birds are nesting inside the transit line’s cavernous concrete guideway that it’s become a health hazard to workers.

Report: Witnesses Saw Helicopter Break Apart In Mid-Air Before Kailua Crash AP

Report: Witnesses Saw Helicopter Break Apart In Mid-Air Before Kailua Crash

A preliminary federal report provides key details about the crash as investigators continue to examine the wreckage.

Final State Audit On Rail Finds Overpayments To Contractors, Billing Issues Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Final State Audit On Rail Finds Overpayments To Contractors, Billing Issues

UPDATED: The audit relied on a small sample of invoices so it’s not clear whether those billing problems within HART extend to other rail contracts, the state auditor said.

Final State Audit On Rail Expected To Be Released Friday Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Final State Audit On Rail Expected To Be Released Friday

The rail board got a preview Thursday of the issues that the state auditor’s final is expected to cover.

Case Called Out Risk Of Low-Flying Tour Helicopters Weeks Before Crash AP

Case Called Out Risk Of Low-Flying Tour Helicopters Weeks Before Crash

Some Hawaii legislators want a halt to the commercial helicopter flights until an investigation into Monday’s Kailua crash is completed.