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 2020

Monday, December 28

Lori Kahikina Pegged To Lead HART As Interim Director

Tuesday, December 22

Honolulu Rail Manages To Keep Its Federal Funding – For Now

Thursday, December 17

Honolulu Rail Project Is Left Without A Leader As HART Ousts Robbins

Tuesday, December 15

HART, City Underestimated Cost Of Rail Work By $1.3 Billion, P3 Prices Show

Scientists Unveil New 3D Maps In Race To Save Hawaii Coral

Monday, December 14

Legal Battles Loom With Developer Whether Rail Gets Finished Or Not

Monday, December 7

HART Reveals P3 Bidders For Honolulu Rail — But Not Their Prices

Sunday, December 6

Hawaii Fishing Fleet Is Changing Gear To Help Protect Endangered Sharks

November 2020

Monday, November 30

New Court Ruling Further Restricts Commercial Aquarium Fishing In Hawaii

Tuesday, November 24

Rail’s Interim Service Could Be Pushed Back A Year Amid COVID-19, Testing Woes

Friday, November 20

‘How Do We Go Forward?’ Honolulu Rail Leaders Kill P3, Confront Unknown Costs

Wednesday, November 18

City Pushes Rail’s Opening To 2033, Price Tag Soars To $11 Billion

City Strives To Keep Transit Safe As More Bus Drivers Test Positive For COVID-19

Thursday, November 12

HART Still Pursuing Long-Shot Deal To Finish Rail Despite City Resistance

Monday, November 9

The Fish — And Fishermen — Are Back At Ala Moana Beach. Swimmers Are Not Happy

Saturday, November 7

Slow Unemployment Payments Spark Protests In Honolulu

October 2020

Thursday, October 29

Supreme Court Rejects Suit Seeking Prompt Payments For Hawaii’s Jobless

Tuesday, October 27

Honolulu Rail’s Pricey P3 Procurement Continues After Board Fails To End It

Thursday, October 15

Honolulu Rail Cost Now at $9.9 Billion But That Estimate Will Likely Grow

Wednesday, October 14

Honolulu Rail’s New Budget Hole Estimated At More Than $1 Billion

Thursday, October 8

Rail CEO: ‘We Can’t Quit’ On Final Construction Contract

Honolulu Mayor Candidates Say They’d Finish Rail As Planned But Not How They’d Pay For It

Wednesday, October 7

City Leaders Advance Bill To Withdraw Rail Construction Dollars

Monday, October 5

Caldwell: ‘Phased’ Construction Of Rail If The Project Runs Out Of Cash

Thursday, October 1

What’s Stalling The Effort To Update Honolulu’s Parking Policies?

September 2020

Monday, September 28

Class-Action Suit Seeks Prompt Payments For Hawaii’s Jobless

Friday, September 25

Honolulu Pulls Out Of Public-Private Partnership Plan For Rail

Thursday, September 24

Robbins Keeps His Job, But Rail Faces More ‘Substantial’ Impacts To Schedule And Cost

Monday, September 21

Honolulu Rail Board May Replace CEO Andrew Robbins

Sunday, September 20

The Shark Keepers: How One Hawaiian Family Is Reclaiming Its Legacy

Friday, September 18

Honolulu Rail P3 Bidder Wants More Than $2 Billion For The Final Stretch

Sunday, September 13

Handi-Van Riders Forced To Verify Disability In Person Despite Pandemic

Thursday, September 10

Rail Board Confronts Project’s Deepening Financial, Contract Concerns

Friday, September 4

How Hawaii’s Reliance On ‘Labor Intensive’ Fax Machines Hampers Contact Tracing

Wednesday, September 2

State’s Acting Labor Director: We’re Ready To Handle A Surge In Jobless Claims

Tuesday, September 1

Hawaii Ignores Feds, Uses H-3 For COVID-19 Testing Anyway

August 2020

Monday, August 31

Wespac Reconsiders Rule That Keeps Longliners From Fishing Near Hawaii’s Shores

Sunday, August 30

Honolulu Closed Its Parks And Beaches For COVID-19. Why Not Open Access To Streets?

Thursday, August 27

State Asks Lawyers, Law Students To Help With Unemployment Claims Backlog — Pro Bono

Wednesday, August 26

How An EPA Decision On Trash Could Lead To Cleaner Beaches Across Hawaii

Wednesday, August 19

Feds Revamp Ala Wai Flood Control Plan After Community Opposition

Thursday, August 13

Honolulu Rail Costs To Climb With Dispute Over Airport Section

Wednesday, August 12

Mayor: ‘Give Us Evidence’ Potluck Caused Virus Cluster At Honolulu Hale

Monday, August 10

Honolulu Hale Shuts Down Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Saturday, August 8

Honolulu Council: Veteran State Lawmakers Tupola, Say Clinch Races

Friday, August 7

Thousands Languish Without Unemployment Checks Months Into Pandemic

Sunday, August 2

Police Reform, Pandemic Top Issues For Candidates In City Council Race

July 2020

Monday, July 27

Hawaii Dodges Potentially Dangerous Hurricane Douglas

Friday, July 24

Rail’s P3 Proposals Finally Arrive But Costs Remain Sealed

Ala Wai Flood Control Project Looms Large In District 5 Council Race

Tuesday, July 21

Honolulu’s Next Mayor Will Face Major Obstacles On Rail

Friday, July 17

Substitute Teachers Face More Hurdles To Summer Unemployment Checks

Thursday, July 9

New Deal Reached To Fix Laniakea Parking, Traffic And Safety Problems

Wednesday, July 8

Substitute Teachers ‘Falling Through The Cracks’ Without Unemployment Payments

Wednesday, July 1

Pedestrians In Hawaii Need More Space. Here’s How To Give It To Them

June 2020

Friday, June 19

COVID-19 Crisis Could Derail — Or Bolster — Conservation Efforts

Wednesday, June 10

Rail Investigation Is Latest Casualty Of COVID-19

Friday, June 5

The Head Of Hawaii’s Unemployment Office Is On Leave

With Tourists Gone, City Will Open Kalakaua to Bikers and Pedestrians

Thursday, June 4

HART Has Spent Millions On Rail Design Work That May Not Be Used

Hawaii’s Jobless Grow Desperate As Unemployment Approvals Lag

May 2020

Sunday, May 31

Pandemic Survey: Hawaii Is Already Enduring Widespread Socioeconomic Strain

Thursday, May 28

HART’s ‘Out-Of-The-Box’ Plan To Keep Construction Moving Fizzles

Tuesday, May 26

Hawaii’s True Jobless Rate Is A Mystery

Wednesday, May 20

Hawaii Braces For A Dual Threat: Hurricanes And COVID-19

Monday, May 18

Honolulu Spared From Paying A Hefty Price For Lack Of Trash

Thursday, May 14

HART: Utility Work In Town Will Cost At Least $135M More Than Expected

Wednesday, May 13

The Pandemic Ignites A Bike Boom In Honolulu

Tuesday, May 12

City Council Grows Anxious As Rail’s COVID-19 Problems Deepen

Monday, May 11

Hawaii Missed An Opportunity To Fix Its Benefits System Before COVID-19 Struck

Sunday, May 10

Ige Balks At Proposal To Loan Money To Jobless In Limbo

Wednesday, May 6

How An Antiquated IT System Failed Thousands Of Hawaii’s Unemployed

April 2020

Tuesday, April 28

Rail Meeting Crashes Online, Leaving Public In The Dark

Sunday, April 26

Here’s How The Coronavirus Has Transformed Hawaii

Saturday, April 25

The Trash That Fuels Oahu’s Power Plant Is Vanishing As Fast As The Tourists

Thursday, April 16

HART Explores Ways To Keep Rail Work Going Amid COVID-19 Setbacks

UH Medical School Seeks Funding To Develop New COVID-19 Blood Tests

Saturday, April 11

How Honolulu Lost Its Top Ranking For The Nation’s Worst Traffic

Thursday, April 9

COVID-19 Slows Honolulu Rail Progress, Could Delay Opening

Tuesday, April 7

Oahu Traffic Is Gone, For All The Wrong Reasons

Friday, April 3

Hawaii Public Workers Want Hazard Pay During Coronavirus Pandemic

March 2020

Friday, March 27

Honolulu Cuts Some Bus Service As Ridership Plummets

Tuesday, March 24

Honolulu Bus Drivers ‘On The Front Lines’ Of The Coronavirus Crisis

Friday, March 20

MIT Researcher: Honolulu Airport Wasn’t A Virus ‘Super-Spreader’ This Time

Monday, March 16

FAA Has Long Resisted Safety Board Calls For Tougher Air Tour Oversight

Friday, March 6

Coronavirus Is Causing A New Set Of Problems For Honolulu Rail

Tuesday, March 3

Glider Tours Get Federal Scrutiny After Dillingham Airfield Crash

February 2020

Wednesday, February 26

City Leaders Unveil Most – But Not All – Of Future Rail Operations Costs

Monday, February 24

HART Employee Reported Improper Use Of Federal Funds In 2015

Friday, February 14

HART Grapples With Lessons Learned From West Side Rail Construction

Thursday, February 13

Honolulu Is A Top Potential Market For E-Scooters — But They’re Still A Year Away

Thursday, February 6

State To Pull Out Of Dillingham Airfield, Leaving Businesses Up In The Air

Monday, February 3

City Stops Planned $700 Million Blaisdell Renovation

January 2020

Friday, January 31

Whistleblowers Allege Cozy Ties Between Hawaii Tour Helicopters, FAA Regulators

Thursday, January 30

Feds: HART Shouldn’t Promise To Have Rail Ready In October

There’s A Lot Of Parking In Ala Moana – If You Know Where To Look

Wednesday, January 29

Can Fixing Parking Rules Make Honolulu More Affordable?

Friday, January 24

HART Struggles To Keep Critical Utility Work On Schedule

Wednesday, January 22

Whistleblower: FAA Improperly Rushed Southwest Approvals To Fly To Hawaii

Tuesday, January 21

Realignment Of Highway At Laniakea Could Be In The Works

Wednesday, January 15

Mayors Want State Action On Traffic, E-Scooters, Rideshare 

Thursday, January 9

HART: ‘This Is The Year’ For Limited Rail Passenger Service

Wednesday, January 8

Auditor: Handi-Van Software – And Perhaps Its Operator – Need An Overhaul

Friday, January 3

TheBus Redux: A City Transit Leader Responds To Riders’ Questions