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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.

Judge: Hawaiian Princess Can Testify In Public But Info About Finances, Medical Issues Will Be Kept Secret Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge: Hawaiian Princess Can Testify In Public But Info About Finances, Medical Issues Will Be Kept Secret

A state court judge on Wednesday said medical and financial evidence about millionaire heiress Abigail Kawananakoa will be kept from the public.

Hawaiian Electric Puts Activist Fund Manager On Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaiian Electric Puts Activist Fund Manager On Board

The once-critical investor changed his tone on Wednesday.

EPA: Hawaii Toxic Releases Dropped In 2018 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

EPA: Hawaii Toxic Releases Dropped In 2018

Hawaii said “aloha” to a significant amount of chemicals related to the petroleum sector.

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Showing A Little Love For Kona Coffee Stewart Yerton

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Showing A Little Love For Kona Coffee

A bill that would require coffee labeled with a Hawaiian name contain at least 50% Hawaii-grown beans has so far faced no opposition.

 

Hawaii’s Push For Renewable Energy Could Stall Over Public Opposition To Facilities Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Push For Renewable Energy Could Stall Over Public Opposition To Facilities

Hawaiian Electric says it sees growing issues concerning land use and where to site projects.

Judge: Attorney General Can Get Bank Records Of Mauna Kea Protest Group Ronit Fahl/Civil Beat

Judge: Attorney General Can Get Bank Records Of Mauna Kea Protest Group

A state judge has said he’s inclined to limit the scope of a subpoena filed against an activist organization leading protests of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Rating Agency: Coronavirus Could Hurt Hawaii Tourism Flickr: ackook

Rating Agency: Coronavirus Could Hurt Hawaii Tourism

Moody’s says impact will be limited if virus is contained within a few months.

Report: Two-Thirds of Hawaii Residents Struggle Financially Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Report: Two-Thirds of Hawaii Residents Struggle Financially

Residents cope by working multiple jobs, living with relatives and tapping savings, a new study shows.

Hawaii AG Is Seeking Bank Records Of Mauna Kea Protest Group Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii AG Is Seeking Bank Records Of Mauna Kea Protest Group

The AG argues the Native Hawaiian nonprofit is illegally using donations to fund civil disobedience; the organization says the request is intimidation.

Investor: Changes At Hawaiian Electric ‘Can Happen Fast’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Investor: Changes At Hawaiian Electric ‘Can Happen Fast’

A activist shareholder says Hawaiian Electric could be a case study for environmental sustainability.

Vacation Rentals Are Still Thriving In Kailua Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Vacation Rentals Are Still Thriving In Kailua

Critics warned that a bill to crack down on illegal vacation rentals would doom Kailua’s economy. But months later, the town still bustles with tourists and hundreds of vacation rentals.

Cyber Spies Are Quietly Boosting Hawaii’s High Tech Economy National Security Agency

Cyber Spies Are Quietly Boosting Hawaii’s High Tech Economy

Can the state build on a massive base of National Security Agency and other government cyber jobs?