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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.

Surprise Eviction Notices Have This Old Plantation Community Up In Arms Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Surprise Eviction Notices Have This Old Plantation Community Up In Arms

State Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz and a state agency are aggressively moving ahead with development plans for Central Oahu’s Whitmore Village.

Supreme Court Hears Challenge To ConAm Ballot Measure But Defers Ruling Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Supreme Court Hears Challenge To ConAm Ballot Measure But Defers Ruling

Hawaii’s county governments hope the court will act quickly to invalidate the measure that would allow the state to tax property for education.

This Maui Couple’s Photo App Is An Instagram Sensation Troy Plota

This Maui Couple’s Photo App Is An Instagram Sensation

Prominent influencers are using the startup company’s program, which has 6 million downloads and counting.

Has Kakaako Gotten Too Fancy Even For IBM? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Has Kakaako Gotten Too Fancy Even For IBM?

The company will soon depart its landmark namesake building to make way for developer offices and model condos.

2,700 Workers Strike At Popular Waikiki Hotels Cory Lum/Civil Beat

2,700 Workers Strike At Popular Waikiki Hotels

The work stoppage comes despite management agreement to subsidize worker housing.

If You Don’t Vote On Constitutional Questions, You’ve Just Voted ‘No’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

If You Don’t Vote On Constitutional Questions, You’ve Just Voted ‘No’

Thanks to a 1997 Supreme Court ruling, the deck is stacked against the ConCon and the constitutional amendment for school funding.

Snuggle Up: Professional Cuddling Is Going Mainstream Aloha Cuddle Co.

Snuggle Up: Professional Cuddling Is Going Mainstream

Cuddling industry workers report making as much as $5,000 a month providing human contact to those willing to pay for it.

Can Hawaii’s Oldest Dive Bar Survive Chinatown’s Invading Hipsters? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can Hawaii’s Oldest Dive Bar Survive Chinatown’s Invading Hipsters?

The owner of Smith’s Union Bar in Chinatown, opened in 1935, worries his landlord won’t renew the bar’s lease.

HART Wants A Private Company To Finish The Honolulu Rail Project Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

HART Wants A Private Company To Finish The Honolulu Rail Project

The rail agency’s directors approve the concept of a public-private partnership to design and build the stretch through the central part of the city.

Hawaii Unions Say Little Has Changed Since Landmark Janus Decision Cory Lum / Civil Beat

Hawaii Unions Say Little Has Changed Since Landmark Janus Decision

Union supporters had feared the opinion by U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority would erode union membership.

New Report Reveals Hawaii’s Not-So-Booming Economy Getty Images/iStockphoto

New Report Reveals Hawaii’s Not-So-Booming Economy

A declining population and weak increases in personal income have helped keep a lid on inflation in Honolulu, economists say.

The Next Emergency Text You Get May Be From The President Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Next Emergency Text You Get May Be From The President

The first ever “Presidential Alert” for emergencies will be tested on cell phones nationwide Oct. 3.