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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 Cuts Some Bus Service As Ridership Plummets Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Cuts Some Bus Service As Ridership Plummets

Transit officials do aim to keep enough buses on the road so riders can practice social distancing against the threat of COVID-19.

Hara: Quarantine Protocols Will Soon Extend To Interisland Travel Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hara: Quarantine Protocols Will Soon Extend To Interisland Travel

State senators also press for medical screenings of all arriving passengers to Hawaii, not just a 14-day self-quarantine.

Have An Expired Vehicle Safety Check? It’s Now Valid Through May Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Have An Expired Vehicle Safety Check? It’s Now Valid Through May

With roads clear of heavy traffic, many contraflow lanes on Oahu will be suspended during the COVID-19 crisis, too.

Restaurants Can Apply To Use Curbside Parking For Food Pickup Courtney Teague/Civil Beat

Restaurants Can Apply To Use Curbside Parking For Food Pickup

Food trucks can also apply to use the city’s metered stalls for free as the COVID-19 crisis takes its toll on local eateries.

Honolulu Bus Drivers ‘On The Front Lines’ Of The Coronavirus Crisis Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Bus Drivers ‘On The Front Lines’ Of The Coronavirus Crisis

UPDATED: Passenger counts have plummeted as COVID-19 numbers climb. Some drivers remain wary of what lies ahead.

MIT Researcher: Honolulu Airport Wasn’t A Virus ‘Super-Spreader’ This Time Cory Lum/Civil Beat

MIT Researcher: Honolulu Airport Wasn’t A Virus ‘Super-Spreader’ This Time

The author of a study on Honolulu’s unique potential to spread contagion says we’re lucky the coronavirus moved west out of China, not east toward the islands.

FAA Has Long Resisted Safety Board Calls For Tougher Air Tour Oversight Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

FAA Has Long Resisted Safety Board Calls For Tougher Air Tour Oversight

Recommendations for Hawaii have been stalled by the bureaucratic tug of war for decades. Yet crashes continue.

Witnesses: Dillingham Tow Plane Had ‘Rough’ Landing Shortly Before Crash Honolulu Police Department

Witnesses: Dillingham Tow Plane Had ‘Rough’ Landing Shortly Before Crash

The Cessna had been used for 40 years to tow gliders into the air, according to the NTSB’s preliminary report.

Handi-Van Adds New Vehicles, Putting The Fleet At Capacity PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Handi-Van Adds New Vehicles, Putting The Fleet At Capacity

The influx of new vans will boost the paratransit service’s fleet to 205 vehicles

Coronavirus Is Causing A New Set Of Problems For Honolulu Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Coronavirus Is Causing A New Set Of Problems For Honolulu Rail

The outbreak has created trouble for Hitachi’s supply chain. It’s not clear yet what that means for rail’s interim opening planned later this year.

Glider Tours Get Federal Scrutiny After Dillingham Airfield Crash Honolulu Soaring Club

Glider Tours Get Federal Scrutiny After Dillingham Airfield Crash

Officials are looking more closely at the use of towplanes to get gliders aloft.

City Leaders Unveil Most – But Not All – Of Future Rail Operations Costs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Leaders Unveil Most – But Not All – Of Future Rail Operations Costs

The new 13-year, $918 million deal with Hitachi is nearly $100 million more than the one signed in 2011. It will cover just over half of the costs to run the rail system.