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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.

How A Few Hawaii Senators Conspired To Get Rid Of An Agency Board Member Who Was In The Way Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

How A Few Hawaii Senators Conspired To Get Rid Of An Agency Board Member Who Was In The Way

Last-minute maneuvering in a closed-door conference committee created a way for key senators to oust a critic of a proposed tech park.

Top State Officials Were Behind A Secretive Process That Steered Millions To A First Responders Center Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Top State Officials Were Behind A Secretive Process That Steered Millions To A First Responders Center

Here's how $50 million got into the new state budget for a facility that had been rejected earlier in the session.

Hawaii Tourism Authority Awards Big Contracts To Former Rivals David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023

Hawaii Tourism Authority Awards Big Contracts To Former Rivals

The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau will each get deals worth tens of millions of dollars.

Hawaii’s Local Film Industry Has Long Taken A Back Seat To Hollywood. New Money Might Help Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii’s Local Film Industry Has Long Taken A Back Seat To Hollywood. New Money Might Help

Attempts to change Hawaii's film incentives sparked a feud between Senate leaders and the manager of the Hawaii film office.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority Just Won’t Die Despite Some Lawmakers’ Best Efforts David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023

The Hawaii Tourism Authority Just Won’t Die Despite Some Lawmakers’ Best Efforts

Gov. Josh Green plans to spend $60 million to keep the agency alive — for now.

Tourists Are Solidly Back In Hawaii. And That’s Keeping The Economy Rolling Along David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023

Tourists Are Solidly Back In Hawaii. And That’s Keeping The Economy Rolling Along

In a new report, economists say Hawaii's visitor industry will help prevent a recession in the isles.

Is The Deck Stacked Against Hawaii Condo Owners? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Is The Deck Stacked Against Hawaii Condo Owners?

Critics say oversight by state Real Estate Commission means owners get short-changed in favor of associations, management firms and lawyers.

Hawaii Condo Owners Aren’t Getting Much Love From The Legislature This Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Condo Owners Aren’t Getting Much Love From The Legislature This Year

Lawmakers killed bills to make it easier to oust bad board members and create a condo ombudsman.

Hawaii’s Cockfight Economy Is Worth Millions Of Dollars A Year Courtesy Bernie Llanes/Aggressive Gamefarm

Hawaii’s Cockfight Economy Is Worth Millions Of Dollars A Year

Prize-fighting chickens battle for six-figure purses while the sale and export of prize birds is a lucrative business.