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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.

Who Climbs Koko Crater? An Avid Hiker Wants To Find Out Courtesy of Jane Howard

Who Climbs Koko Crater? An Avid Hiker Wants To Find Out

A University of Hawaii public policy professor conducted a private study that he hopes will help city officials better manage one of Oahu’s most popular — and overrun — hiking trails.

Hawaii Coffee Farmers: State Policy Is Putting Crops At Risk Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Hawaii Coffee Farmers: State Policy Is Putting Crops At Risk

Growers want Hawaii to adopt a strict federal policy designed to protect Hawaii coffee from invasive species.

How ‘Green Fees’ Might Offset The Hidden Costs Of Tourism In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How ‘Green Fees’ Might Offset The Hidden Costs Of Tourism In Hawaii

A growing number of tourism hot spots, ranging from Mallorca to Bhutan to New Zealand, are imposing new taxes and fees on visitors.

This Facebook Campaign Is Teaching Tourists How To Behave In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Facebook Campaign Is Teaching Tourists How To Behave In Hawaii

Officials believe visitors will follow local customs if they simply understand them.

Why No One Knows How Many Green Energy Jobs Exist In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why No One Knows How Many Green Energy Jobs Exist In Hawaii

Hawaii’s shift to renewable energy was meant to trigger an explosion of new jobs, but officials aren’t closely tracking employment in the sector.

Economists: Airbnb Crackdown Will Likely Cause Big Drop In Oahu Tourism Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Economists: Airbnb Crackdown Will Likely Cause Big Drop In Oahu Tourism

The expected decline could cost the island more than $30 million per month in direct spending, based on state tourism data.

HECO Announces First Community Solar Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HECO Announces First Community Solar Project

The company says it’s the first of multiple projects that will let renters and condo residents buy electricity from remotely located solar farms.

Will Hawaii Electric Customers Ever Save Money With Renewable Energy? Courtesy: Eurus Energy America

Will Hawaii Electric Customers Ever Save Money With Renewable Energy?

A regulatory scheme designed to create savings for consumers is unfolding even as Hawaiian Electric proposes a rate increase for Oahu.

Home Real Estate Market Remains Strong Despite Airbnb Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Home Real Estate Market Remains Strong Despite Airbnb Bill

But an increase in condos on the market could be a result of the new law, a major broker says.

Hawaiian Airlines Stock Slumping Amid Fears Of Competition Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaiian Airlines Stock Slumping Amid Fears Of Competition

Southwest is bringing lower fares to Hawaii and new restrictions on Airbnbs are also creating uncertainty about future traffic.

Monsanto Could Soon Be Facing Dozens Of Lawsuits  in Hawaii Over Pesticide Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Monsanto Could Soon Be Facing Dozens Of Lawsuits in Hawaii Over Pesticide

Massive damage awards in previous cases are triggering a new onslaught against the chemical company.

Air Travel’s Carbon Footprint Takes A Big Environmental Toll In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Air Travel’s Carbon Footprint Takes A Big Environmental Toll In Hawaii

Carbon emissions from planes are only now starting to get some of the attention as other troubling side effects caused by soaring numbers of tourists.