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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.

The ‘Delta Tide May Be Turning,’ But Hawaii’s Economic Recovery Is Slow UHERO

The ‘Delta Tide May Be Turning,’ But Hawaii’s Economic Recovery Is Slow

Gov. David Ige’s plea to tourists not to visit Hawaii helped stop a nascent economic recovery. It’s not clear when the state will regain its momentum.

Hawaii’s High Cost Of Living Just Keeps Getting Higher Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii’s High Cost Of Living Just Keeps Getting Higher

Rising gasoline and housing prices are driving up living costs for isle families, offsetting wage gains that had appeared to offer a bright spot in a tepid economic recovery.

Honolulu Mayor Extends Restrictions On Social Gatherings Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Honolulu Mayor Extends Restrictions On Social Gatherings

The order comes as case counts are coming down and almost nine of 10 of those eligible have gotten at least one vaccination.

Hawaii’s Embattled Ag Agency Finally Moves Wahiawa Center Forward Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii’s Embattled Ag Agency Finally Moves Wahiawa Center Forward

A new product development center is being heralded by supporters as evidence that the Agribusiness Development Corp. is making progress.

Audit Finds That Young Brothers Failed To Offset Rising Labor Costs Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Audit Finds That Young Brothers Failed To Offset Rising Labor Costs

The report calls for no more shipping rate increases until at least 2023 and for a third party observer to help oversee one of Hawaii’s oldest companies.

‘A Bit Humbug’: Honolulu Vax Mandates Roll Out For Businesses And Customers Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

‘A Bit Humbug’: Honolulu Vax Mandates Roll Out For Businesses And Customers

Honolulu eateries face yet another challenge on top of plunging tourist numbers.

These Hawaii Firms Are Pushing Innovation Amid The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

These Hawaii Firms Are Pushing Innovation Amid The Pandemic

As the Covid-19 crisis underscores Hawaii’s reliance on tourism, innovation executives say now is the time to push hard to develop other economic sectors.

Hawaii Is Getting A New Electronic Vaccine Verification System Office of the Governor of Hawaii

Hawaii Is Getting A New Electronic Vaccine Verification System

State officials announced the new digital pass as coronavirus cases appear to be declining in Hawaii.

Why Are Data Glitches Continually Skewing Hawaii’s Covid-19 Numbers? dronepicr, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Why Are Data Glitches Continually Skewing Hawaii’s Covid-19 Numbers?

The state’s tracking system is like a complex information highway, moving data from many labs to a central reporting point. But some say there are too many traffic jams.