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Marcel Honore

Rail Contractor’s Former Lawyer Alleges ‘Illegal’ And ‘Dishonest’ Activity Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Contractor’s Former Lawyer Alleges ‘Illegal’ And ‘Dishonest’ Activity

A whistleblower lawsuit says Nan Inc. tried to drive up rail construction claims at taxpayers’ expense.

Criminal Probe Into Rail Might Creep Into Honolulu Hale, Attorneys Fear Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Criminal Probe Into Rail Might Creep Into Honolulu Hale, Attorneys Fear

After the City Council rejected using taxpayer money to pay for legal representation, city employees would have to seek it out on their own.

Plan To Award Rail’s Final Contract Reaches Point Of No Return Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Plan To Award Rail’s Final Contract Reaches Point Of No Return

HART is no longer considering a Plan B in case its pursuit of a public private partnership fails to get rail done.

Staffer Convicted In Union Vote Rigging Out At HART Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Staffer Convicted In Union Vote Rigging Out At HART

UPDATED: Yamanoha’s continued employment at HART drew criticism, but rail agency officials won’t say whether he was fired or left voluntarily.

Kiewit’s Payments On Hold Pending Findings Of Rail Investigation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kiewit’s Payments On Hold Pending Findings Of Rail Investigation

The contractor’s payment denials are among $77 million in freshly rejected rail invoices that didn’t meet state standards for legitimate construction costs.

$88 Billion: A New Price Tag For Fixing Hawaii’s Infrastructure And Retirement Systems Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$88 Billion: A New Price Tag For Fixing Hawaii’s Infrastructure And Retirement Systems

A new report from the Hawaii Executive Conference details the state’s worsening financial problems, but it doesn’t offer any solutions.

HART’s Shoddy Relocation Program Took A Toll On Those Displaced By Rail Marcel Honore/Civil Beat

HART’s Shoddy Relocation Program Took A Toll On Those Displaced By Rail

For years, the agency didn’t follow the proper federal rules moving businesses on the path of the rail line. Those still in charge will spend the next year cleaning up the mess.

Honolulu Rail’s West Side Station Costs Are Soaring Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail’s West Side Station Costs Are Soaring

The HART board is poised to approve an $18 million deal to resolve about 150 construction claims. More claims on those stations remain.

Attorneys Who Requested Honolulu Rail Subpoenas No Longer At DOJ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Attorneys Who Requested Honolulu Rail Subpoenas No Longer At DOJ

It’s not clear how the departures have impacted the federal probe that’s ensnared the rail project, if at all.

Army Corps Looks To Scrap Three Basins From Ala Wai Flood Plans Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Army Corps Looks To Scrap Three Basins From Ala Wai Flood Plans

In removing the Palolo and Makiki valley basins, the corps will focus more heavily on flood control in the Manoa Valley instead.

Feds Say Honolulu Rail’s Relocation Payments Are A Mess And Must Be Redone Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Say Honolulu Rail’s Relocation Payments Are A Mess And Must Be Redone

HART first self-reported its “potential problems” last year. A new federal report shows just how bad those violations actually were.

Honolulu Is Slashing Crosswalks As It Touts Pedestrian Friendly Policies Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Is Slashing Crosswalks As It Touts Pedestrian Friendly Policies

The city has plans to remove 45 crosswalks deemed unsafe instead of making them safer. But pedestrians can still legally cross at those spots.