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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.

Can A Sustainable Industry Be Built From An Invasive Species? Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Can A Sustainable Industry Be Built From An Invasive Species?

A landmark project on the UH Manoa campus shows the albizia tree’s potential as a building material — and the challenges of developing manufacturing in Hawaii.

The High Price Of Luring The Movies To Hawaii AP

The High Price Of Luring The Movies To Hawaii

The film industry says the state’s $35 million cap on tax credits is too low, costing Hawaii projects and jobs. But some question whether the benefits are worth the cost.

Vacation Rentals On Oahu May Face Tough Enforcement And New Limits Screenshot

Vacation Rentals On Oahu May Face Tough Enforcement And New Limits

Airbnb says bills before the Honolulu City Council could cause economic damage by suddenly removing many tourist rentals from the market.

Hawaii’s Population Decline Signals Future Economic Challenges Carlie Procell/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Population Decline Signals Future Economic Challenges

Hawaii is one of just nine states that lost population in 2018, reflecting a level of outmigration far deeper than the brain drain of past years.

Beyond Hotels And Beaches: Can Hawaii Really Diversify Its Economy?

Beyond Hotels And Beaches: Can Hawaii Really Diversify Its Economy?

Hawaii’s economy is thoroughly dominated by tourism. But alternative energy and research-and-development offers some of the best chances for creating new, higher paying jobs.

Monsanto: $80M Verdict In Roundup Case Won’t Affect Other Suits PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Monsanto: $80M Verdict In Roundup Case Won’t Affect Other Suits

The agribusiness giant has also been sued by Hawaii plaintiffs who allege the pesticide caused their cancer.

Local Artisans Are Thriving Amid Kakaako’s Condo Boom Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Local Artisans Are Thriving Amid Kakaako’s Condo Boom

If they make the right connections, artists, woodworkers and other creative types can benefit from the development of all those shiny skyscrapers.

Hawaii Supreme Court: Giant Law Firm OK To Set Up Shop Here PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Supreme Court: Giant Law Firm OK To Set Up Shop Here

In a ruling based on the court’s own rules, the justices said multistate law firms can operate in Hawaii.

Lawsuit Claims HPD Officer Sexually Assaulted Woman Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Claims HPD Officer Sexually Assaulted Woman

When two police officers responded to a drunken disturbance in her home, the plaintiff claims that one of them assaulted her in her bedroom.

Embattled Honolulu Prosecutor Takes Immediate Leave Of Absence Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Embattled Honolulu Prosecutor Takes Immediate Leave Of Absence

UPDATED: Keith Kaneshiro is a target in a wide-ranging corruption investigation. His removal was sought by the state attorney general.

Kealohas’ Trial Delayed Until May For Medical Reasons Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealohas’ Trial Delayed Until May For Medical Reasons

The successful effort by Katherine Kealoha attorney to move the trial back to May was the latest in a series of attempts to delay the legal proceedings.

As Tourism Begins To Stall, So Does Hawaii’s Economy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

As Tourism Begins To Stall, So Does Hawaii’s Economy

Hawaii’s economic growth is beginning to stall, reflecting softening visitor arrivals and spending as the U.S. economy loses steam.