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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.

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?

Economists: High Living Costs Continue Driving Hawaii Residents Away Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Economists: High Living Costs Continue Driving Hawaii Residents Away

A new UH study predicts tourism to drive moderate growth in 2020, despite recent population declines.

Ewa Wind Farm Seeking Community Input Gill Ewa Lands LLC

Ewa Wind Farm Seeking Community Input

The large project is awaiting word from Hawaiian Electric.

The New NextEra? HECO Is Fighting This Mainland Firm’s Bid For Control Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The New NextEra? HECO Is Fighting This Mainland Firm’s Bid For Control

Hawaiian Electric Industries faces an aggressive campaign by a $15 billion hedge fund used to getting its way.

HECO Names New CEO As It Begins Major Renewable Energy Push Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

HECO Names New CEO As It Begins Major Renewable Energy Push

Over the next three years on Oahu alone, HECO expects it will need wind and solar projects with a footprint 29 times the size of Aloha Stadium.

How The Gas Company Plans To Fight A Bill Banning Gas Water Heaters Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How The Gas Company Plans To Fight A Bill Banning Gas Water Heaters

Hawaii Gas faces an uncertain future as the state moves to renewables. Now it’s creating a new entity to help advocate for gas.

Feds: Chinese Industrial Spies Have Great Interest In Hawaii Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Feds: Chinese Industrial Spies Have Great Interest In Hawaii

U.S. Justice Department officials this week are briefing Hawaii business and academic leaders on Chinese espionage.

Judge: State Can’t Keep Data Behind Its Budget Estimates Secret Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge: State Can’t Keep Data Behind Its Budget Estimates Secret

A judge ruled the Hawaii Department of Taxation must make public the information and assumptions it relies on to develop revenue estimates for the Legislature.

Seed Industry Is Shrinking Dramatically But It Still Grows Hawaii’s No. 1 Crop Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Seed Industry Is Shrinking Dramatically But It Still Grows Hawaii’s No. 1 Crop

Despite controversy and declining production, executives say Hawaii will remain a key player in growing GMO seeds for years to come.

 

Energy Giant AES Has A Big — And Growing — Footprint In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Energy Giant AES Has A Big — And Growing — Footprint In Hawaii

The Kahuku wind farm developer opposed a proposed ban on coal in Hawaii.