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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 Rail Holds Onto Federal Funds And Buys Time To Craft Recovery Plan Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Honolulu Rail Holds Onto Federal Funds And Buys Time To Craft Recovery Plan

UPDATED: The FTA has been withholding the local transit project’s federal dollars for the past seven years as its struggles have mounted.

HART Releases A Lower Estimate To Build Rail As City Council Debates Funding Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

HART Releases A Lower Estimate To Build Rail As City Council Debates Funding

Current funding will get the rail line to Chinatown, but it needs to get at least to downtown to be functional, city leaders say.

Dollars From Infrastructure Deal Poised To Arrive In ‘Months, Not Years’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Dollars From Infrastructure Deal Poised To Arrive In ‘Months, Not Years’

The trillion-dollar package provides a boost in federal funding to numerous state facilities. It does not include Oahu’s rail project.

HART Has A Plan To Fix Rail Tracks But Lacks Welders To Do The Work Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

HART Has A Plan To Fix Rail Tracks But Lacks Welders To Do The Work

A new report gives the rail agency the green light to replace the steel wheels instead of the track crossings.

Advocates: Court Deal A Win For Endangered ‘I‘iwi Bird Jack Jeffrey Photography

Advocates: Court Deal A Win For Endangered ‘I‘iwi Bird

The agreement could serve as a model to help save Hawaii’s other endangered honeycreeper species, they said.

Fevella Sues HART Over Its Changes To Voting Rules Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Fevella Sues HART Over Its Changes To Voting Rules

The West Oahu legislator has become an especially vocal critic of the local rail agency.

NTSB Recovers Wreckage From TransAir Plane Crash In Waters Off Oahu NTSB

NTSB Recovers Wreckage From TransAir Plane Crash In Waters Off Oahu

The plane’s fuselage broke in two pieces and its engines separated from the craft on impact, a survey of the underwater site revealed.

HART Approves More Legal Fees For Looming Trial Against Howard Hughes Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

HART Approves More Legal Fees For Looming Trial Against Howard Hughes

The high-stakes battle could involve a claim of more than $200 million in damages, according to the rail agency.

HART Says It Didn’t Get A Key Report On Track Woes. The Contractor Says Otherwise Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Says It Didn’t Get A Key Report On Track Woes. The Contractor Says Otherwise

The much-anticipated analysis will shed light on a major problem that must be fixed before interim rail service can start.