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.

May 2020

Thursday, May 28

HART’s ‘Out-Of-The-Box’ Plan To Keep Construction Moving Fizzles

Tuesday, May 26

Hawaii’s True Jobless Rate Is A Mystery

Wednesday, May 20

Hawaii Braces For A Dual Threat: Hurricanes And COVID-19

Monday, May 18

Honolulu Spared From Paying A Hefty Price For Lack Of Trash

Thursday, May 14

HART: Utility Work In Town Will Cost At Least $135M More Than Expected

Wednesday, May 13

The Pandemic Ignites A Bike Boom In Honolulu

Tuesday, May 12

City Council Grows Anxious As Rail’s COVID-19 Problems Deepen

Monday, May 11

Hawaii Missed An Opportunity To Fix Its Benefits System Before COVID-19 Struck

Sunday, May 10

Ige Balks At Proposal To Loan Money To Jobless In Limbo

Wednesday, May 6

How An Antiquated IT System Failed Thousands Of Hawaii’s Unemployed

April 2020

Tuesday, April 28

Rail Meeting Crashes Online, Leaving Public In The Dark

Sunday, April 26

Here’s How The Coronavirus Has Transformed Hawaii

Saturday, April 25

The Trash That Fuels Oahu’s Power Plant Is Vanishing As Fast As The Tourists

Thursday, April 16

HART Explores Ways To Keep Rail Work Going Amid COVID-19 Setbacks

UH Medical School Seeks Funding To Develop New COVID-19 Blood Tests

Saturday, April 11

How Honolulu Lost Its Top Ranking For The Nation’s Worst Traffic

Thursday, April 9

COVID-19 Slows Honolulu Rail Progress, Could Delay Opening

Tuesday, April 7

Oahu Traffic Is Gone, For All The Wrong Reasons

Friday, April 3

Hawaii Public Workers Want Hazard Pay During Coronavirus Pandemic

March 2020

Friday, March 27

Honolulu Cuts Some Bus Service As Ridership Plummets

Tuesday, March 24

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

Friday, March 20

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

Monday, March 16

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

Friday, March 6

Coronavirus Is Causing A New Set Of Problems For Honolulu Rail

Tuesday, March 3

Glider Tours Get Federal Scrutiny After Dillingham Airfield Crash

February 2020

Wednesday, February 26

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

Monday, February 24

HART Employee Reported Improper Use Of Federal Funds In 2015

Friday, February 14

HART Grapples With Lessons Learned From West Side Rail Construction

Thursday, February 13

Honolulu Is A Top Potential Market For E-Scooters — But They’re Still A Year Away

Thursday, February 6

State To Pull Out Of Dillingham Airfield, Leaving Businesses Up In The Air

Monday, February 3

City Stops Planned $700 Million Blaisdell Renovation

January 2020

Friday, January 31

Whistleblowers Allege Cozy Ties Between Hawaii Tour Helicopters, FAA Regulators

Thursday, January 30

Feds: HART Shouldn’t Promise To Have Rail Ready In October

There’s A Lot Of Parking In Ala Moana – If You Know Where To Look

Wednesday, January 29

Can Fixing Parking Rules Make Honolulu More Affordable?

Friday, January 24

HART Struggles To Keep Critical Utility Work On Schedule

Wednesday, January 22

Whistleblower: FAA Improperly Rushed Southwest Approvals To Fly To Hawaii

Tuesday, January 21

Realignment Of Highway At Laniakea Could Be In The Works

Wednesday, January 15

Mayors Want State Action On Traffic, E-Scooters, Rideshare 

Thursday, January 9

HART: ‘This Is The Year’ For Limited Rail Passenger Service

Wednesday, January 8

Auditor: Handi-Van Software – And Perhaps Its Operator – Need An Overhaul

Friday, January 3

TheBus Redux: A City Transit Leader Responds To Riders’ Questions