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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.

Senator Appointed By Ige Had Called To Impeach Him Facebook

Senator Appointed By Ige Had Called To Impeach Him

In a statement, Gov. David Ige said he knew about Sen. Laura Acasio’s background opposing the Thirty Meter Telescope when he appointed her.

Hawaii House Speaker Launches Probe Of State Auditor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii House Speaker Launches Probe Of State Auditor

House Speaker Scott Saiki said late and unfinished reports could be cause for lawmakers to remove state Auditor Les Kondo.

New Wave Of Federal Stimulus Money Is Hitting Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Wave Of Federal Stimulus Money Is Hitting Hawaii

But it may be too late for some businesses, particularly restaurants.

Auditor: State Agriculture Agency Is Failing To Fulfill Mission Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Auditor: State Agriculture Agency Is Failing To Fulfill Mission

After 25 years, the Agribusiness Development Corp. hasn’t helped Hawaii re-fashion former sugar and pineapple plantations into viable economic engines, audit says.

Hawaii Lags Other States In Administering COVID-19 Vaccines, Federal Data Shows Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lags Other States In Administering COVID-19 Vaccines, Federal Data Shows

But state officials say the pace will pick up with mass vaccination centers, including one due to open Monday.

$284 Billion Begins Flowing To Small Businesses On Monday Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$284 Billion Begins Flowing To Small Businesses On Monday

A program that has provided some $2.5 billion for Hawaii businesses begins its next phase next week.

The Continuing Clout Of Hawaii’s Public Worker Unions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Continuing Clout Of Hawaii’s Public Worker Unions

Pushing back against Gov. David Ige’s threatened furloughs, government worker unions showed they still have ample political influence despite a 2018 Supreme Court decision some said would weaken the organizations.

Kauai Wants Back In Pre-Travel Testing Program Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Kauai Wants Back In Pre-Travel Testing Program

Travelers who test negative could skip Hawaii’s 10-day quarantine as long as they stayed three days on a neighbor island before going to Kauai.

Even Hawaii’s Smallest Businesses Have Been Helped By Federal CARES Act Loans Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Even Hawaii’s Smallest Businesses Have Been Helped By Federal CARES Act Loans

Despite examples of corporate greed, the Paycheck Protection Program has steered $2.5 billion in relief to 25,000 small businesses in Hawaii.