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Stewart Yerton

Stewart Yerton reports on business and the economy for Honolulu Civil Beat. Those are subjects he spent more than a decade reporting on — at publications in New York, New Orleans and Honolulu.

He’s written about the U.S. treasury bond market, the business of big law firms, controversies surrounding the world’s largest gold mine on the island of New Guinea and corruption in the Louisiana casino industry. His reporting on the human cadaver trade, published in The Times-Picayune newspaper, won the Society of American Business Editors & Writers 2005 Best in Business Award for Enterprise Reporting in the large newspaper category.

Stewart’s first big newspaper story, for The Birmingham (Ala.) News, was about a political battle between a small-town mayor and the volunteer firefighters who were trying to oust him from office because of the mayor’s 30-year-old conviction for making moonshine whiskey. The story briefly thrust the tiny town of Brookside, Ala., into the national spotlight when The Washington Post came to write about the comic-gothic brouhaha.

A member of the Hawaii State Bar Association since January 2012, Stewart graduated cum laude from University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law, where he earned the environmental law certificate. His paper “Procedural Standing and the Hawaii Superferry Decision: How a Surfer, a Paddler, and an Orchid Farmer Aligned Hawaii’s Standing Doctrine with Federal Principles” was published in the Asian Pacific Law & Policy Journal in 2011. In law school, Stewart externed for U.S. District Court Judge David Alan Ezra and served as the law school’s first Jarman Environmental Law Fellow. Stewart also has worked as an analyst with the Hawaii State Auditor’s office.

When not working, Stewart can often be found practicing yoga and Argentine tango, attempting to play guitar, and chauffeuring his two daughters around Oahu.

What Started The Marco Polo Fire Remains A Mystery Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

What Started The Marco Polo Fire Remains A Mystery

Honolulu fire investigators know where the Honolulu high-rise fire started and how it spread, but not what caused it.

North Korea Nuclear Threat: Viral Headlines Aren’t Scaring Hawaii Visitors Away Cory Lum/Civil Beat

North Korea Nuclear Threat: Viral Headlines Aren’t Scaring Hawaii Visitors Away

But a defense industry lobbyist wonders if Hawaii is waiting too long to raise the alarm.

Lawsuit: New Airport Shuttle Service Won’t Deliver On Promises Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit: New Airport Shuttle Service Won’t Deliver On Promises

Robert’s Hawaii submitted a winning proposal calling for a fleet of new buses and islandwide service. It takes over the state contract Sunday.

These North Shore Food Trucks Are Under Fire From Environmentalists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

These North Shore Food Trucks Are Under Fire From Environmentalists

A petition seeks to force the city to enforce land use and coastal zone management laws designed to protect marine areas from overuse.

Is This Obscure Bean Tree Hawaii’s Next Bigtime Crop? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is This Obscure Bean Tree Hawaii’s Next Bigtime Crop?

A startup is using former sugar cane land on the North Shore to “grow oil” — pongamia trees whose seeds can be turned into biofuel.

Retail Shops On Hawaii Farmland: Kauai Dispute Could Set A Precedent Courtesy of LBD Coffee

Retail Shops On Hawaii Farmland: Kauai Dispute Could Set A Precedent

A company points to a 2012 state law as it sues for the right to sell its coffee beans and cigars on agricultural land.

Controversial Pesticide Remains Unregulated In Hawaii Flickr.com

Controversial Pesticide Remains Unregulated In Hawaii

The chemical dicamba appears to have caused widespread crop damage on the mainland but in Hawaii you can’t even find out whether it’s being used or where.

The Estimated Cost Of Honolulu Rail Just Dropped By $1 Billion Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Estimated Cost Of Honolulu Rail Just Dropped By $1 Billion

A $10 billion figure was often cited as rail’s total cost, but HART tells the feds it thinks it can finish the project for $9 billion.

Honolulu Rail Board: What Do You Do With A $2.4 Billion Bailout? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Board: What Do You Do With A $2.4 Billion Bailout?

A board member expressed concern about new oversight rules, but rail managers say those are “not much of an issue.”

This Waikiki Land Fight Is A Doozy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Waikiki Land Fight Is A Doozy

The developers have already paid $40 million for the property envisioned to bring a major new addition to Waikiki.

How the Legislature’s ‘Big Five’ Crafted A Deal To Rescue Honolulu Rail Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

How the Legislature’s ‘Big Five’ Crafted A Deal To Rescue Honolulu Rail

Legislative leaders said efforts by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to derail the plan actually helped unite them.

$2.4 Billion Rescue Bill For Honolulu Rail Wins Final Approval Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$2.4 Billion Rescue Bill For Honolulu Rail Wins Final Approval

The state House passes a bailout plan that includes a hotel tax increase and an extension of the general excise tax surcharge.