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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.

Tensions Grow Over How — And When — To Reopen Tourism Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Tensions Grow Over How — And When — To Reopen Tourism

Lawmakers scrambling for ways to restart tourism expressed concern on Thursday after the governor announced plans to extend a 14-day travel quarantine.

Report: Hawaii’s Lack Of A Plan To Reopen Tourism Is ‘Disturbing’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Report: Hawaii’s Lack Of A Plan To Reopen Tourism Is ‘Disturbing’

The latest UHERO scenario puts the state’s economic recovery years off, especially if political leaders wait much longer to re-energize the visitor industry.

Young Brothers May Get $25 Million In Federal Bailout Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Young Brothers May Get $25 Million In Federal Bailout Money

The state’s only interisland shipper says it needs financial help to stay afloat as the coronavirus crisis causes revenue losses to grow.

Battery Farm Could Replace Coal Plant Douglas Peebles

Battery Farm Could Replace Coal Plant

The proposed project would occupy 8 acres near an industrial park.

Hawaii’s Hotels Are Bleeding Cash Amid Shutdown Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Hotels Are Bleeding Cash Amid Shutdown

Flushing toilets and cleaning pools costs money, plus there are looming taxes. Can hotels survive the pandemic?

Ige’s Economic Chief Accuses Senators Of Harassment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige’s Economic Chief Accuses Senators Of Harassment

Mike McCartney, director of the state’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, refused to discuss the administration’s plan to revive the economy.

Oahu Coal Plant Vows To Reduce Carbon Emissions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oahu Coal Plant Vows To Reduce Carbon Emissions

AES Hawaii’s announcement came after the Sierra Club filed suit asking the state to impose a lower standard required by law.

Hawaii’s Struggling Farms Want The State To Become A Bigger Customer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Struggling Farms Want The State To Become A Bigger Customer

With local farmers reeling from a drop in demand from hotels and restaurants, advocates hope schools, prisons and hospitals will buy more local produce.

16 New Solar Farms For Hawaii But Utility Won’t Say Where Exactly

16 New Solar Farms For Hawaii But Utility Won’t Say Where Exactly

The public might have to wait 30 days for details of plans for 16 solar-plus-storage or standalone storage projects on three islands

Is Hawaii Ready To Reopen The Economy? Some Experts Say Not Yet Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is Hawaii Ready To Reopen The Economy? Some Experts Say Not Yet

State, county and health experts are publicly at odds over whether enough trained workers are in place to track an expected resurgence of the virus, especially when tourists return.

Ige Urged To Order DOH To Accept More Pandemic Help Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Urged To Order DOH To Accept More Pandemic Help

Some think the Hawaii Department of Health is woefully short of people doing contact tracing, but the department says it has enough staff to handle the short term.

Reshaping Hawaii’s Economy For A Post-Pandemic World Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reshaping Hawaii’s Economy For A Post-Pandemic World

Hawaii’s long-term economic plan is a blank slate by design to be filled in by an ensemble cast, says Alan Oshima, Hawaii’s economic recovery chief.