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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.

Rising Prices, Increasing Poverty, Slowing Job Growth: Hawaii’s Economy Faces Grim Times Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Rising Prices, Increasing Poverty, Slowing Job Growth: Hawaii’s Economy Faces Grim Times

Among those facing higher costs are Oahu utility customers whose October bills could show more cost increases on top of a dramatic rise over the past year.

The Return Of Japanese Visitors May Be Just In Time To Save Hawaii’s Economy Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

The Return Of Japanese Visitors May Be Just In Time To Save Hawaii’s Economy

A day after Japan’s prime minister lifted all travel restrictions, UH economists issued a report saying the return of Japanese travelers could help spare Hawaii’s economy.

This New Dairy Owner Says Local Cows Can Bring Down Hawaii’s Milk Prices Courtesy: Meadow Gold

This New Dairy Owner Says Local Cows Can Bring Down Hawaii’s Milk Prices

Under new ownership, Meadow Gold Dairies is trying to revive Hawaii’s dying dairy industry.

The ‘FCKBLM’ License Plate Holder Says Honolulu Is Violating His Free Speech Rights Screenshot

The ‘FCKBLM’ License Plate Holder Says Honolulu Is Violating His Free Speech Rights

Edward Odquina has filed a lawsuit against the City and County of Honolulu for revoking a license plate officials issued and later decided was offensive.

Hawaii-Made Aloha Wear Is A Surprising — And Lucrative — Cottage Industry Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii-Made Aloha Wear Is A Surprising — And Lucrative — Cottage Industry

But as Hawaii’s garment workers age and retire, young aloha shirt and apparel makers must scramble to keep production in the islands.

Hawaiian Airlines’ Vaccine Mandate Rollback Heralds Return To Normality Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaiian Airlines’ Vaccine Mandate Rollback Heralds Return To Normality

The state’s largest private employer has lifted its Covid-19 vaccination requirement for more than 7,000 workers.

Why Honolulu Is Trying To Put The Brakes On Some Personalized License Plates Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Why Honolulu Is Trying To Put The Brakes On Some Personalized License Plates

City officials have changed policies and procedures for issuing vanity license plates after issuing one with the message “FCKBLM,” but they don’t seem able to reclaim the offensive one.

This Hemp Dealer Is Fighting The State Over ‘Fundamental Fairness’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

This Hemp Dealer Is Fighting The State Over ‘Fundamental Fairness’

The case raises questions about the extent to which government officials can make new laws with little public notice, then shut down businesses not in compliance.

Honolulu Liquor Commission May Be Headed For An Overhaul nickster 2000/flickr.com

Honolulu Liquor Commission May Be Headed For An Overhaul

In justifying the need for change, a City Council resolution outlines a decades-long pattern of malfeasance.