Civil Beat Staff

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.

July 2019

Tuesday, July 9

Preliminary Report: Skydiving Plane Twisted In The Air Before Crash

Councilwoman: HART Should Cover Legal Costs For Subpoenas, Not City

Friday, July 5

‘It’s A Struggle’: Rail Project Loses More Top Deputies At A Crucial Time

Monday, July 1

How Do You Make Bike Commuting Work On Oahu? Start At 4:30 a.m.

June 2019

Monday, June 24

FAA Largely Ignored Calls For Improved Skydiving Flight Safety, NTSB Says

Thursday, June 20

Caldwell: Tax Hikes On Hotels, Investment Homes Can Cover Rail Operations

Tuesday, June 18

Palolo Valley Basin Might Be Cut From Ala Wai Flood Project

Thursday, June 13

Makiki Is A Scary Place For Pedestrians In Honolulu’s ‘Car Culture’

May 2019

Wednesday, May 22

NOAA Forecasts As Many As Eight Central Pacific Cyclones In 2019

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

Thursday, May 16

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

Kailua Crash Puts Hawaii’s Copter Tours Under A Microscope

Monday, May 13

2018 Storms, Lava Cost More Than Half A Billion Dollars

Thursday, May 9

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

Friday, May 3

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

April 2019

Tuesday, April 30

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

Monday, April 29

Ala Wai Canal: Flood Control Project Will Do Little To Clean Up the Polluted Waterway

Tuesday, April 23

Saiki: ‘End Is Near’ For Company’s Hold On Kakaako Streets After $250K Fine

Friday, April 19

Ige Assures Caldwell Of Ala Wai Flood Control Financing Plan

Thursday, April 18

A ‘Vicious’ Battle Over The Future Of Koko Crater Stables

Thursday, April 11

Honolulu Rail’s Final Federal Money Not Expected Until Next Year

Wednesday, April 10

Feds Still Aren’t Releasing $744 Million For Honolulu Rail

Monday, April 8

Here’s Why You’ll Want To Pay For The Miles You Drive Not The Gas You Use

Wednesday, April 3

Critics Renew Calls To Stop Honolulu Rail At Middle Street

March 2019

Friday, March 29

Honolulu Rail Cars Fail Fire Test, But Officials Question Its Validity

Thursday, March 28

Latest Audit: Agency ‘Arbitrary,’ ‘Inconsistent’ In Reviewing Rail Costs

Wednesday, March 27

These 10 Oahu Intersections Drive Our Readers Crazy

The Twisted History Of Honolulu Traffic Engineering

Friday, March 15

Bill To Create An Airport Corporation Advances — With A Very Big Catch

Wednesday, March 13

As Deadline Looms, HART May Not Fully Comply With Federal Subpoena

Friday, March 8

Yet Another Audit Planned For Honolulu Rail Project

Wednesday, March 6

Federal Probe Has State Looking To Pull Back On Rail Audits

February 2019

Thursday, February 28

Whistleblower Lawsuit: HART Mishandled More Than 100 Change Orders

Monday, February 25

Feds Demand Records Of HART Board’s Closed-Door Meetings

Thursday, February 21

Feds Are Investigating HART’s Relocation Payments

Banning Bikes At The Capitol Would Make Cycling On Oahu Even Harder

Friday, February 15

Rail Project Faces Grand Jury Probe Just As It Pushes For Federal Funds

Thursday, February 14

Honolulu Rail Agency Hit With Federal Subpoena

Wednesday, February 13

State Looks To End The Battle Over Kakaako’s Disputed Roads

Tuesday, February 12

Micronesia Official Charged In Bribery Scandal Involving Hawaii Firm

Friday, February 8

Want Real Traffic Relief? Give Oahu’s Students And Workers Flexible Hours

Friday, February 1

How Many More Cars Can We Cram On Oahu?

January 2019

Monday, January 28

A New Public Corruption Scandal Looms For Hawaii

Thursday, January 24

As Hurricane Lane Approached, Some Boats Had Nowhere To Escape

Friday, January 18

City Auditor: Rail Costs Could Keep Rising If HART Doesn’t Take Action

Thursday, January 17

Rail Project Director Doesn’t Fully Meet Expectations — But Still Gets A Bonus

Tuesday, January 15

Audit: Heavy Reliance On Consultants Is Causing Problems For Honolulu Rail Project

Monday, January 14

Honolulu Will Pay Train Maker $160 Million To Cover Rail Delays

Thursday, January 10

Audit: Honolulu Rail Agency Hid True Costs From Public View

Wednesday, January 9

What Would You Pay To Drive During Honolulu’s Rush Hour?

Tuesday, January 8

By Land And Sea, The Shutdown Takes Its Toll On Hawaii