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.

September 2021

Thursday, September 9

HART, HECO At Odds Over Who Caused A $34 Million Change Order To Rail

August 2021

Friday, August 20

Rail Canopy Defects Cost Another $15 Million. Are Taxpayers Liable?

Wednesday, August 11

Narrow Council Vote Propels Anthony Aalto Onto The HART Board

Monday, August 9

For Cost Overruns, Honolulu Rail Is In A League Of Its Own, New Data Shows

July 2021

Monday, July 26

Paid To Stand By: How A Botched Rail Contract Multiplied Costs

Friday, July 23

HART’s Expecting Fewer Riders — Even Absent The Pandemic

Tuesday, July 20

Aalto Moves Closer To Replacing Uno On HART Board

Friday, July 16

City Council Leaders Look To Remove Rail Critic From HART Board

Monday, July 12

Building Honolulu Rail: It’s Just A Matter Of Time Before You Hit Something Important

Friday, July 9

Toby Martyn Resigns As HART Board Chair Amid Latest Rail Upheaval

Friday, July 2

OIP To Investigate HART For Possible Sunshine Law Violations

June 2021

Wednesday, June 30

New Study: Oahu Freeways Deliver The Roughest Rides In The Country

Thursday, June 24

E Lilo Koke Ana Nō Anei Ke Kaʻa Wahie O Hawaiʻi Nei He Mea Kū I Ka Wā Kahiko?

Tuesday, June 22

Tourists Are Back In Force On Hana Highway. Why Not Charge Them?

Thursday, June 17

Emails Show Hanabusa Was Doing Rail Work Before She Got A Big Contract

Tuesday, June 15

Emails Show HART Leaders Always Wanted To Hire Hanabusa As Consultant

Tuesday, June 8

Hawaii’s Rental Car Crisis Is Sending More Riders To Biki And TheBus

Wednesday, June 2

Alternatives To The Last Honolulu Rail Leg? HART Releases A ‘Matrix’ Of Ideas

May 2021

Thursday, May 27

Ohana Shutdown Leaves Molokai, Lanai Residents With Limited Flight Options

Monday, May 24

Senate Bill Would Make It Harder To Scrutinize Government Contract Awards, Critics Say

Wednesday, May 19

NOAA Predicts Less Hurricane Activity Than Usual In The Central Pacific This Year

Thursday, May 6

Kūmākena Nā Poʻe Hoʻokele Moku I Ka Hala Hoʻokāhāhā O Kekahi O Nā Loea Hoʻokele

Monday, May 3

Will Hawaii’s Spinner Dolphins Finally Get A Rest From The Crowds?

April 2021

Friday, April 30

Blangiardi Suggests Rail Could Stop Short Of Ala Moana

Thursday, April 29

Nā Kahu Manō: He ʻOhana Hawaiʻi E Hoʻi I Ko Lākou Hoʻoilina Ponoʻī

Wednesday, April 28

Hanabusa Awarded $200K HART Consulting Contract

Sunday, April 25

The ‘Mauka Shift’ Could Solve Rail’s Utility Woes. Why Did It Happen So Late?

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