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.

April 2021

Friday, April 23

With Its New Climate Plan, The City Aims To Curb Oahu’s Growing Carbon Pollution

Wednesday, April 21

Lehua Island Is Finally Free Of Rats, Scoring A Big Win For Native Seabirds

Sunday, April 11

Crews Mourn The ‘Unreal’ Death Of One Of Hawaii’s Greatest Navigators

Friday, April 9

Dole Fined $20,000 For ‘Significant’ Safety Risks Posed By Wahiawa Dam

Tuesday, April 6

Under New Leadership, HART Purges Nearly Half Its Staff

Thursday, April 1

Biden Plan To Conserve More Ocean Habitat Worries Hawaii Fishing Interests

March 2021

Sunday, March 28

Helicopter Crash Passenger Says Engine Quit Because It Ran Out Of Gas

Tuesday, March 23

NTSB: ‘Aggressive Takeoff Maneuver’ Likely Caused Fatal Skydiving Crash

Thursday, March 18

HART, Hitachi At Odds Over Wheel Defect As Rail Costs Soar

Relics Of Sugar’s Past, Hawaii Dams Will Take Years To Fix Or Remove

Wednesday, March 17

Hawaii’s Unemployed Must Clear Up Earlier Benefit Snafus Before Getting Federal Dollars

Tuesday, March 16

HART: Defective Train Wheels Are A ‘Major’ Problem And Possible Safety Issue

Monday, March 8

Maui Area Evacuated After Heavy Rains Cause Dam To Overflow

Rail Board Believed HART’s Former Director Misled On Costs, Records Show

Monday, March 1

COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes $70 Million For Honolulu Rail

February 2021

Wednesday, February 24

Bill Spares Hawaii Businesses From Replenishing UI Trust Fund — For Now

Friday, February 19

Could Hawaii’s Fossil Fuel-Powered Cars Soon Be A Relic Of The Past?

Monday, February 15

Condo Complex’s Plan To Uproot Trees Has Residents Worried About Kaneohe Bay

Monday, February 8

It Will Take 18 Months To Overhaul Hawaii’s Outdated Unemployment System

Tuesday, February 2

Judge’s Ruling Gives Hawaii A Big Win In Kakaako Roads Dispute

Monday, February 1

‘Overpayment’ Reviews Causing Latest Delays To Hawaii Jobless Benefits

January 2021

Monday, January 25

Molokai’s Fabled Axis Deer Are Starving To Death In Droves

Thursday, January 21

New Route For Honolulu Rail? Any ‘Hare-Brained’ Scheme Is Being Considered

Thursday, January 14

New Boulder Barriers Aim To Protect Monk Seals From Illegal Off-Roading

Friday, January 8

Here’s Why You Can’t Judge Honolulu’s Bike-Share Program On Public Costs Alone

Monday, January 4

For The Honolulu Rail Project, 2020 Was The Year The Wheels Fell Off