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.

December 2018

Thursday, December 13

The Cost Of Honolulu Rail’s Westside Stations Keeps Going Up

Surviving The Ride On A Not-So-Bike-Friendly Island

The Story Behind Our New Transportation Column

Wednesday, December 5

Six-Figure Deal To Cover UH Rail Costs ‘Slipped Through The Cracks’

Monday, December 3

Don’t Expect To See Those Green E-Scooters Again Anytime Soon

November 2018

Thursday, November 15

HART Approves Rail’s Recovery Plan – Again

Wednesday, November 14

Analysis: Lane Could Have Destroyed Thousands of Aging Honolulu Homes

Tuesday, November 6

Voters Shooting Down HART Board Charter Amendment

Monday, November 5

Honolulu To Take Out Short-Term Loan Of $44 Million To Keep Rail Going

Thursday, November 1

Design Flaws May Delay Rail’s Interim Opening Set For 2020

October 2018

Tuesday, October 30

Honolulu Taxpayers Now On The Hook To Help Build Rail

Friday, October 26

Will Voters Make It Easier For Honolulu Rail Board To Make Decisions?

Wednesday, October 24

Feds To City: Show Us The Rail Money Now

Friday, October 19

The ConCon’s Real Price Tag? That’s Still A Mystery

Wednesday, October 17

City Taxpayers Move Closer To Covering Rail Costs After Council Vote

Wednesday, October 10

What Hawaii Can Learn From Puerto Rico’s Devastation

Tuesday, October 9

More Frequent And More Frightening Storms On The Horizon

How The Ala Wai Canal Puts Honolulu’s Most Valuable Real Estate At Risk

Most Of Oahu’s Shelters Are A Long Way From Hurricane Ready

Turning The Lights Back On Is Tough In Oahu’s Rugged Terrain

If The Big One Hits, Honolulu Harbor Is A Fragile Lifeline

Are We Ready? Or Not?

September 2018

Tuesday, September 25

Honolulu Rail Project Faces Critical Decisions In Next 60 Days

Friday, September 21

Federal Agency Issues New Ultimatums On Honolulu Rail

Friday, September 14

St. Francis Medical Center Tries To Stop $80M Settlement For Abuse Victims

Monday, September 10

Hawaii Gears Up — Again — For Olivia

Thursday, September 6

Honolulu And Its Train-Maker In Dispute Over Project Delays

August 2018

Friday, August 31

In Governor’s Race, Ige Has Huge Cash Advantage Over Tupola

Tuesday, August 28

Lessons Learned From The Hurricane That Just Missed Hawaii

Wednesday, August 22

Hurricane Closes Hawaii’s Harbors, Freezing A Fragile Supply Chain

Tuesday, August 21

Hawaii Prepares As A Fearsome Storm Nears

Oahu Placed On Hurricane Watch As Storm Approaches

Thursday, August 16

The Primary Is Over So What’s Ahead For The General Election?

Saturday, August 11

Josh Green Prevails In Democratic Lieutenant Governor Race

Friday, August 10

State Fines Pro-Hanabusa Super PAC $3,000

Friday, August 3

Do New Pro-Hanabusa Ads Violate State Campaign Rules?

Thursday, August 2

Carpenters Union Pumps $3 Million Into Hawaii’s Primary Race

July 2018

Friday, July 27

Four Takeaways From Hawaii’s Pre-Primary Election Spending

Friday, July 20

Schatz Introduces Bill To Shore Up Local Emergency Alert Systems

Thursday, July 19

Rep. Sylvia Luke: Move Rail Inland To Avoid Sea-Level Rise

Monday, July 9

What Honolulu Rail Planners Can Learn From Puerto Rico

Monday, July 2

Feds: Honolulu Rail Is Still Short By $134 Million

June 2018

Thursday, June 14

Blood Bank Paying A High Price In Its Dispute With Honolulu Rail Officials

Tuesday, June 12

A Republican Governor Would Bring New Uncertainty To Rail Project

Wednesday, June 6

Feds May Require Honolulu To Sell Bonds For Rail Project

May 2018

Thursday, May 31

State Auditor Says Rail Agency Is Interfering With His Work

Wednesday, May 30

Winner Of Governor’s Race Will Have Stronger Hand In Rail Project

Thursday, May 17

‘Lime’ Rental Scooters Invade Honolulu With Mixed Results

Wednesday, May 16

New Plan Looks To Spare City From Cuts to Pay For Rail

Monday, May 14

Rail Leaders Look To Curb Runaway Costs With New Partners

Monday, May 7

HART’s Latest Rail Contract Is For $400M — Twice What It Had Estimated

Wednesday, May 2

Honolulu Rail Project Loses Its Top Right-Of-Way Official

April 2018

Monday, April 30

Competition May Be Coming To Honolulu’s Bike-Share Market

Monday, April 23

Feds: Honolulu Needs $250 Million More To Complete Rail

Friday, April 20

How Will Honolulu Pay To Run Rail Once It’s Built? The City Still Doesn’t Know

Friday, April 13

Honolulu Police Target Bicyclists With No Registration Tags

Wednesday, April 11

Council Leaders, Mayor Caldwell Will Talk With Feds In DC About Rail Funding

Tuesday, April 10

Was The ‘Button Pusher’ A Problem Employee? State Won’t Release Details

Friday, April 6

Candidates For Governor Focus On Native Hawaiian Issues At Forum

Thursday, April 5

Hawaii Congressional Delegation Wants Feds To Take Over Missile Alerts

Wednesday, April 4

A $15 Billion Price Tag To Protect Hawaii Highways From Climate Change

March 2018

Thursday, March 29

Kealohas, Accused Cops Plead Not Guilty To Newest Charges

HECO: More Than Half Of Us Will Be Driving Electric Vehicles By 2045

Tuesday, March 27

Honolulu Is Finally Catching Up With New Smart-Card System

Thursday, March 22

New Charges Issued In Kealohas’ Corruption Case

Monday, March 19

Ernie Martin Regains Council Chairmanship As Council Squabbles Over Rail

Airlines Pushing To Take Over Honolulu Airport Operations

Friday, March 16

Original Rail Budget Included Bogus Numbers For Station Designs

Wednesday, March 14

Yet Another Speed Bump Ahead For Rail As City Council Reorganizes

Friday, March 9

Palace Intrigue: Ernie Martin Tries To Return As City Council Chairman

Rail Agency To Buy Trucks For Power Company — And Save $130M

Tuesday, March 6

State May Divert $500,000 A Year To Cover Its Own Rail Project Costs

Friday, March 2

Honolulu’s Share Of The Bill For Rail Just Got $54 Million Bigger

February 2018

Wednesday, February 28

Auditor: PUC Isn’t Keeping Its Eye On ‘Big-Picture Matters’

Looming Supreme Court Case Could Weaken Hawaii’s Unions

Monday, February 26

Dodging Oncoming Cars Is A Way Of Life In Crowded Kaimuki

Thursday, February 22

Honolulu Rail May Have To Give Up Nearly $4 Million to Feds

Tuesday, February 20

Report: Hawaii’s Emergency Warning Agency Needs An Overhaul

Friday, February 16

Victims Say $80M Kamehameha Schools Settlement Not Just About Money

Wednesday, February 14

Rail Promised Lots Of Jobs But There’s No Sure Count Of What It’s Delivering

Thursday, February 8

Why We Didn’t Name Hawaii’s ‘Button Pusher’

Tuesday, February 6

Handi-Van Riders Are Fuming Over Proposed Fare Increases

Friday, February 2

Hawaii Man Says He’s Devastated About Sending Missile Alert

Thursday, February 1

How A Big Mainland Developer Learned To Thrive In Hawaii

January 2018

Tuesday, January 30

Man Who Sent Out False Missile Alert Was ‘Source Of Concern’ For A Decade

Thursday, January 25

HART Board Hits A Snag In Deal Saving Taxpayers $130 Million

Tuesday, January 23

Is Honolulu Rail Agency Too Quick To Condemn Property?

Friday, January 19

Governor Knew 2 Minutes After Missile Alert That It Was False

Wednesday, January 17

Schatz: Missile-Alert System Is Still Hawaii’s Kuleana

Tuesday, January 16

Hawaii Distributed Phony Image Of Missile Warning Screen

Sunday, January 14

False Alarm Fallout: Worker Reassigned And Trump Weighs In

Saturday, January 13

False Missile Threat Mistakenly Triggered As Part Of Internal Drill

Monday, January 8

Honolulu Rail Recovery Plan Remains A Work In Progress