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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.

New State Program Helps Businesses Adapt To A Changing Economy Denby Fawcett/Civil Beat

New State Program Helps Businesses Adapt To A Changing Economy

A $25 million fund can be tapped for a range of business initiatives.

Secrecy Shrouds Ige’s New High-Level Coronavirus Panel Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Secrecy Shrouds Ige’s New High-Level Coronavirus Panel

A committee set up to help guide Hawaii’s economic recovery holds private meetings with no public agendas or minutes.

Opening Day For Hawaii Tourism: It’s Just The Beginning Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Opening Day For Hawaii Tourism: It’s Just The Beginning

Lt. Gov. Josh Green laid out several likely next steps as Hawaii reopened to travelers on Thursday with 8,000 arrivals expected.

Airlines Predict A Long Slow Recovery Even As Tourism Returns Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Airlines Predict A Long Slow Recovery Even As Tourism Returns

Airline executives say they see much smaller operations well into next summer.

Hawaii Approves COVID Test For Japan Travelers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Approves COVID Test For Japan Travelers

The Hawaii Department of Health is now working with Japanese medical institutions to find “trusted partners” to administer the tests.

More Details Emerge On Hawaii’s Pre-Travel COVID-19 Test Plan Cory Lum/Civil Beat

More Details Emerge On Hawaii’s Pre-Travel COVID-19 Test Plan

A single test will be required for all travelers arriving in the islands, although counties have some leeway to tailor testing programs for their areas.

What The Heck Is Going On With Neighbor Island Travel Rules? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What The Heck Is Going On With Neighbor Island Travel Rules?

Lawmakers, business leaders and county officials are all scratching their heads about how Thursday’s pre-travel test program for out-of-state arrivals will affect the neighbor islands.

Hawaiian Airlines Cuts Service To Lanai and Molokai Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaiian Airlines Cuts Service To Lanai and Molokai

Hawaiian said it is committed to resuming the service but didn’t say when.

Ige: Hawaii Is Still On Track For Oct. 15 Tourism Reopening Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Ige: Hawaii Is Still On Track For Oct. 15 Tourism Reopening

More details emerged Wednesday about a pre-travel testing program that state officials say will still involve only a single mandatory test with random surveillance testing after arrival for some travelers.