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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.

Why It’s So Hard To Pass A Minimum Wage Increase In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why It’s So Hard To Pass A Minimum Wage Increase In Hawaii

Ripple effects and unintended consequences, especially in a down economy, have become driving factors in the debate over a minimum wage.

Why One Developer Is Banking On More Digital Nomads Coming To Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why One Developer Is Banking On More Digital Nomads Coming To Hawaii

With people flocking to Hawaii to work remotely, a local builder known for affordable green homes is creating a co-living space in an Ala Moana penthouse.

House Speaker Pulls Plug On Statewide Travel Mandate

House Speaker Pulls Plug On Statewide Travel Mandate

Hawaii Rep. Scott Saiki said the legislation is not necessary now that Kauai has opted back into the state’s Safe Travels program.

Dark Clouds Are Looming Over Hawaii Even As The Economy Appears To Be Improving Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Dark Clouds Are Looming Over Hawaii Even As The Economy Appears To Be Improving

Economic experts say many people are worse off than they were before the pandemic and a lower unemployment rate is simply masking deeper problems.

New CDC Guidance Paves The Way For Hawaii To Implement ‘Vaccine Passports’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New CDC Guidance Paves The Way For Hawaii To Implement ‘Vaccine Passports’

The federal agency said it’s safe for fully vaccinated people to travel without testing or quarantine.

Hawaii Restaurants Could Escape Shifting Pandemic Rules Under Proposed Program Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Hawaii Restaurants Could Escape Shifting Pandemic Rules Under Proposed Program

An initiative to help small businesses avoid government mandates has gained traction with some policymakers and could eventually include other industries.

‘What About Us?’: Retailers Struggle To Find Their Way Through The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘What About Us?’: Retailers Struggle To Find Their Way Through The Pandemic

The state had 10,000 fewer retail trade jobs at the end of 2020 than it had in 2019.

Hawaiian Airlines Feels Wind In Its Sails Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaiian Airlines Feels Wind In Its Sails

The carrier, once Hawaii’s largest private employer, is starting to call back workers.

Oahu Customers May See Their Electric Bills Rise Next Year As Power Plant Converts Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oahu Customers May See Their Electric Bills Rise Next Year As Power Plant Converts

But Hawaiian Electric says a Kapolei Energy Storage project will save customers money over the life of the project.