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 2019

Friday, December 27

The Future Of Koko Crater Stables Remains In Limbo

Monday, December 16

HART Reversed Course And Fired Embattled Employee

Thursday, December 12

Businesses, Company Reach Settlement On Kakaako Roads

Wednesday, December 11

‘Nothing Is Working’: Kakaako’s Disputed Roads Still Languish In Disrepair

Friday, December 6

New HART Analyses Show Millions Of Dollars In Added Rail Costs

Monday, December 2

‘Please Hold’: Disabled Handi-Van Users Face Long Waits To Book Rides

November 2019

Monday, November 25

Big Island and Kauai Are Getting Brand New Buses

Thursday, November 21

More HART Employees Hit With Federal Subpoenas

New Snags Hold Back Ala Wai Flood Control Project

Monday, November 18

Top Honolulu Rail Official Leaves HART As Project Reaching Critical Stage

Honolulu Traffic Is Terrible. So Why Aren’t More People Riding TheBus?

Wednesday, November 6

New Ala Moana Pedestrian Bridge Planned Near Fatal Crash Site

Oysters Unleashed: A New Hack To Help Clean Hawaii’s Filthy Waters

October 2019

Friday, October 25

Feds Demanded Rail Information From Honolulu City Hall

Thursday, October 24

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

Tuesday, October 22

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

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

Thursday, October 17

Staffer Convicted In Union Vote Rigging Out At HART

Kiewit’s Payments On Hold Pending Findings Of Rail Investigation

Wednesday, October 16

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

Monday, October 14

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

Friday, October 4

Honolulu Rail’s West Side Station Costs Are Soaring

Wednesday, October 2

Attorneys Who Requested Honolulu Rail Subpoenas No Longer At DOJ

Tuesday, October 1

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

September 2019

Friday, September 27

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

Thursday, September 26

Honolulu Is Slashing Crosswalks As It Touts Pedestrian Friendly Policies

Friday, September 20

Caldwell: Delay Of Dillingham Rail Plan Reaching ‘Crisis’ Level

Thursday, September 19

With Sea Level Rise, The Fate of Hawaii’s Most Vulnerable Roads Is Uncertain

Wednesday, September 18

Honolulu’s Poorly Timed Traffic Signals Aren’t Very Smart

Monday, September 9

Jeff Speck: Making Honolulu More Walkable And Livable

Friday, September 6

HART Boss Sees No Reason To Fire Staffer Convicted In Union Vote Rigging

Thursday, September 5

Feds Approve Rail’s Recovery Plan, Signaling Continued Support

August 2019

Wednesday, August 28

Case Looks To Set More Stringent Safety, Noise Standards For Tour Flights

City Leaders: Plans For Rail Work Along Dillingham ‘Not Acceptable’

Monday, August 26

Use It Or Lose It? Honolulu Officials Say Ala Wai Project Money In Jeopardy

Thursday, August 22

Honolulu’s New Trains Could Sap Power From Nearby Buildings And Homes

Monday, August 19

How A Design Detail Caused A Multi-Million Dollar Headache For Honolulu Rail

Tuesday, August 13

Extra Board Members Were Meant To Add Scrutiny On HART — But They Rarely Show Up

Thursday, August 8

Honolulu Rail Officials Won’t Say Much About New Round Of Subpoenas

Wednesday, August 7

Council Chair’s Proposal To Kill HART Dies Its Own Early Death

Monday, August 5

Rail Faces More Uncertainty As Council Leader Tries To Abolish HART

Thursday, August 1

Showdown Looms With Howard Hughes Over Parcels On Rail Route

July 2019

Monday, July 29

Navigating Waikiki, The Wild West Of Oahu Traffic

Thursday, July 25

Lawsuit: Rail Columns Pose ‘Unreasonable Risk’ To Drivers Near Waipahu

Monday, July 22

Farrington Highway Is A Lifeline — And A Big Hazard — For Leeward Residents

Saturday, July 20

Proposal Would Give Honolulu Voters Chance To End HART

Friday, July 19

Honolulu Rail Will Spend Nearly $40 Million More On Change Order Fixes

Tuesday, July 9

Preliminary Report: Skydiving Plane Twisted In The Air Before Crash

Councilwoman: HART Should Cover Legal Costs For Subpoenas, Not City

Friday, July 5

‘It’s A Struggle’: Rail Project Loses More Top Deputies At A Crucial Time

Monday, July 1

How Do You Make Bike Commuting Work On Oahu? Start At 4:30 a.m.

June 2019

Monday, June 24

FAA Largely Ignored Calls For Improved Skydiving Flight Safety, NTSB Says

Thursday, June 20

Caldwell: Tax Hikes On Hotels, Investment Homes Can Cover Rail Operations

Tuesday, June 18

Palolo Valley Basin Might Be Cut From Ala Wai Flood Project

Thursday, June 13

Makiki Is A Scary Place For Pedestrians In Honolulu’s ‘Car Culture’

May 2019

Wednesday, May 22

NOAA Forecasts As Many As Eight Central Pacific Cyclones In 2019

There’s Still No Word On How Much Honolulu Rail Will Cost —To Ride

Thursday, May 16

No Link Between Honolulu, California Rail Troubles, Local Leaders Say

Kailua Crash Puts Hawaii’s Copter Tours Under A Microscope

Monday, May 13

2018 Storms, Lava Cost More Than Half A Billion Dollars

Thursday, May 9

Report: Witnesses Saw Helicopter Break Apart In Mid-Air Before Kailua Crash

Friday, May 3

Final State Audit On Rail Finds Overpayments To Contractors, Billing Issues

April 2019

Tuesday, April 30

Case Called Out Risk Of Low-Flying Tour Helicopters Weeks Before Crash

Monday, April 29

Ala Wai Canal: Flood Control Project Will Do Little To Clean Up the Polluted Waterway

Tuesday, April 23

Saiki: ‘End Is Near’ For Company’s Hold On Kakaako Streets After $250K Fine

Friday, April 19

Ige Assures Caldwell Of Ala Wai Flood Control Financing Plan

Thursday, April 18

A ‘Vicious’ Battle Over The Future Of Koko Crater Stables

Thursday, April 11

Honolulu Rail’s Final Federal Money Not Expected Until Next Year

Wednesday, April 10

Feds Still Aren’t Releasing $744 Million For Honolulu Rail

Monday, April 8

Here’s Why You’ll Want To Pay For The Miles You Drive Not The Gas You Use

Wednesday, April 3

Critics Renew Calls To Stop Honolulu Rail At Middle Street

March 2019

Friday, March 29

Honolulu Rail Cars Fail Fire Test, But Officials Question Its Validity

Thursday, March 28

Latest Audit: Agency ‘Arbitrary,’ ‘Inconsistent’ In Reviewing Rail Costs

Wednesday, March 27

These 10 Oahu Intersections Drive Our Readers Crazy

The Twisted History Of Honolulu Traffic Engineering

Friday, March 15

Bill To Create An Airport Corporation Advances — With A Very Big Catch

Wednesday, March 13

As Deadline Looms, HART May Not Fully Comply With Federal Subpoena

Friday, March 8

Yet Another Audit Planned For Honolulu Rail Project

Wednesday, March 6

Federal Probe Has State Looking To Pull Back On Rail Audits

February 2019

Thursday, February 28

Whistleblower Lawsuit: HART Mishandled More Than 100 Change Orders

Monday, February 25

Feds Demand Records Of HART Board’s Closed-Door Meetings

Thursday, February 21

Feds Are Investigating HART’s Relocation Payments

Banning Bikes At The Capitol Would Make Cycling On Oahu Even Harder

Friday, February 15

Rail Project Faces Grand Jury Probe Just As It Pushes For Federal Funds

Thursday, February 14

Honolulu Rail Agency Hit With Federal Subpoena

Wednesday, February 13

State Looks To End The Battle Over Kakaako’s Disputed Roads

Tuesday, February 12

Micronesia Official Charged In Bribery Scandal Involving Hawaii Firm

Friday, February 8

Want Real Traffic Relief? Give Oahu’s Students And Workers Flexible Hours

Friday, February 1

How Many More Cars Can We Cram On Oahu?

January 2019

Monday, January 28

A New Public Corruption Scandal Looms For Hawaii

Thursday, January 24

As Hurricane Lane Approached, Some Boats Had Nowhere To Escape

Friday, January 18

City Auditor: Rail Costs Could Keep Rising If HART Doesn’t Take Action

Thursday, January 17

Rail Project Director Doesn’t Fully Meet Expectations — But Still Gets A Bonus

Tuesday, January 15

Audit: Heavy Reliance On Consultants Is Causing Problems For Honolulu Rail Project

Monday, January 14

Honolulu Will Pay Train Maker $160 Million To Cover Rail Delays

Thursday, January 10

Audit: Honolulu Rail Agency Hid True Costs From Public View

Wednesday, January 9

What Would You Pay To Drive During Honolulu’s Rush Hour?

Tuesday, January 8

By Land And Sea, The Shutdown Takes Its Toll On Hawaii