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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.

How Will Hawaiian Airlines Weather Its Big Transition In 2018? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Will Hawaiian Airlines Weather Its Big Transition In 2018?

With a new chief executive and the bulk of a new fleet set to arrive, Hawaii’s dominant airline will face a major competitor — Southwest Airlines.

Why Hawaii Residents Can’t Build Their Own Private Power Grids Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Hawaii Residents Can’t Build Their Own Private Power Grids

As solar systems and battery storage gain popularity, some say Hawaii’s law needs to catch up with the technology.

Temple of Boom: Mormon Church North Shore Housing Plans Hit Roadblock Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Temple of Boom: Mormon Church North Shore Housing Plans Hit Roadblock

A City Council bill to preserve ag land in Koolauloa could restrict a proposed 550-unit housing and commercial development.

Can These Eco-Friendly Caskets Find A Niche In $20 Billion Industry? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can These Eco-Friendly Caskets Find A Niche In $20 Billion Industry?

A Waimanalo company is trying to serve the growing market for people wanting greener burial options.

Rail Board OKs Preliminary Step To Push Route Past Ala Moana Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Rail Board OKs Preliminary Step To Push Route Past Ala Moana

The manager of the Honolulu rail project says it needs to develop and secure an alternate route from Ala Moana Center in case it’s extended someday.

Will Rail Go To Manoa And Waikiki After All? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will Rail Go To Manoa And Waikiki After All?

The HART board may be resurrecting a route plan far more ambitious than the one submitted to federal transit officials.

Why Gov. Ige’s Secret Talks With Airbnb Have So Many People Upset Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Gov. Ige’s Secret Talks With Airbnb Have So Many People Upset

A backlash is brewing against a potential deal for the company to collect Hawaii taxes — in part, because no one knows what’s in the agreement.

The Case Against Katherine Kealoha Just Keeps Getting Worse Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Case Against Katherine Kealoha Just Keeps Getting Worse

A new FBI report says the now-indicted prosecutor leaned on a witness to help cover up alleged criminal activity in a private guardianship case.

Trump’s Hawaii Visit Inspires Supporters, But More Opponents Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Trump’s Hawaii Visit Inspires Supporters, But More Opponents

A lonely contingent of Honolulu Tea Party members were in a welcoming mood that wasn’t shared by people at a Capitol rally.

What’s At The Center Of The Case Against The Kealohas? Bank Fraud Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

What’s At The Center Of The Case Against The Kealohas? Bank Fraud

The former HPD chief and his prosecutor wife are accused of using various methods, from forged documents to bogus rental leases, to defraud banks.

A Look At The Business Execs Up For Seats On Honolulu Police Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Look At The Business Execs Up For Seats On Honolulu Police Commission

The City Council is set to vote Wednesday on Mayor Caldwell’s nominees, who would join the oversight panel amid a corruption scandal at HPD.

The Children’s Trust Fund At The Heart Of The Kealoha Indictment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Children’s Trust Fund At The Heart Of The Kealoha Indictment

Federal prosecutors say Katherine Kealoha stole almost $150,000 from two children for whom she was appointed guardian.