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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.

Sylvia Luke Wants To Change The Way The State Spends Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sylvia Luke Wants To Change The Way The State Spends Money

Agencies should have to justify every penny they ask for, says the House Finance Committee chair.

Ige Proposes Spending $125 Million For Ala Wai Canal Flood Control Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Proposes Spending $125 Million For Ala Wai Canal Flood Control

The governor’s two-year budget plan also includes $315 million for affordable housing and $400 million for education infrastructure projects.

Experts: Kaneshiro Can Talk About Federal Investigation If He Wants To Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Experts: Kaneshiro Can Talk About Federal Investigation If He Wants To

There’s no rule that prohibits Honolulu’s elected prosecutor from telling the public whether he is the target of a Justice Department probe.

Why Has Wall Street Punished Hawaiian Airlines? Flickr: redlegsfan21

Why Has Wall Street Punished Hawaiian Airlines?

The high-flying growth of Hawaii’s largest private employer has slowed recently thanks to storms, volcanos, increased competition and lower fares.

 

Can A New Generation Save Honolulu’s Oldest Natural Foods Store? Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Can A New Generation Save Honolulu’s Oldest Natural Foods Store?

The Kokua Market is on life support, trying to survive in a marketplace where Whole Foods is ubiquitous and even McDonald’s serves quinoa.

New Shipping Rules May Drive Up Hawaii’s Power Bills Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Shipping Rules May Drive Up Hawaii’s Power Bills

But experts say there is a silver lining: higher fuel prices will make renewable energy sources in Hawaii even more competitive.

Rushing To Mine A Sea Floor Full Of Treasure — And Unique Creatures Craig Smith/University of Hawaii

Rushing To Mine A Sea Floor Full Of Treasure — And Unique Creatures

Critics fear rules for opening a swath of ocean bed between Mexico and Hawaii won’t protect “the most pristine wilderness on the planet.”

Hawaii Democrats Cheer New Balance of Power In Washington Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Democrats Cheer New Balance of Power In Washington

But local Republicans took solace in their expanded majority in the U.S. Senate.

Maui Voters Want Tougher Fines For Unlicensed Airbnbs Airbnb

Maui Voters Want Tougher Fines For Unlicensed Airbnbs

On Kauai, voters were rejecting an amendment that would repeal the current term limits on County Council members.

Filmmaker Sues Hawaii: My Film Is ‘Not The History They Want Told’ Tim Chey/RiverRain Productions

Filmmaker Sues Hawaii: My Film Is ‘Not The History They Want Told’

Tim Chey alleges the state film office withheld tax grants for his movie “Islands” because it’s about the Christian conversion of a Hawaiian chiefess.

Will Kiosks And Robots Replace Hotel Workers? Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Will Kiosks And Robots Replace Hotel Workers?

Striking hotel workers in Hawaii and elsewhere, fearful of losing jobs, want a seat at the table as management rolls out disruptive technology.

Supreme Court Approves Thirty Meter Telescope Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Supreme Court Approves Thirty Meter Telescope

UPDATED: The ruling says the state Board of Land and Natural Resources properly granted a conservation district permit for Mauna Kea.