Civil Beat Staff

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.

May 2021

Sunday, May 9

Tourists Are Returning To Hawaii, So Why Aren’t Tourism Jobs?

Wednesday, May 5

Hawaiian Electric Says It Might Pull The Plug On Giant Battery

Sunday, May 2

Kamehameha Schools Is Struggling To Replace An Outgoing Trustee

Here’s Why It’s So Hard To Reshape Hawaii’s Tourism Industry

April 2021

Thursday, April 22

Reggae Band Asks Former Singer To Zip His Lips

Wednesday, April 21

Why It’s So Hard To Pass A Minimum Wage Increase In Hawaii

Monday, April 12

Why One Developer Is Banking On More Digital Nomads Coming To Hawaii

Wednesday, April 7

House Speaker Pulls Plug On Statewide Travel Mandate

Dark Clouds Are Looming Over Hawaii Even As The Economy Appears To Be Improving

Friday, April 2

New CDC Guidance Paves The Way For Hawaii To Implement ‘Vaccine Passports’

Hawaii Restaurants Could Escape Shifting Pandemic Rules Under Proposed Program

March 2021

Tuesday, March 30

‘What About Us?’: Retailers Struggle To Find Their Way Through The Pandemic

Thursday, March 25

Oahu Customers May See Their Electric Bills Rise Next Year As Power Plant Converts

Monday, March 22

Wedding Planners Could Get Federal Help During Pandemic

A Hawaii ‘Vaccine Passport’ Could Open Door To Weddings, Concerts And More Tourism

Wednesday, March 17

Online Platform Lets Low-Income Shoppers Buy Local Farm Products

Monday, March 15

‘Fake Farms’ Are Squeezing Out Serious Agriculture Potential In Hawaii

Thursday, March 4

Hawaiian Airlines Is Holding Off On More Layoffs — For Now

Monday, March 1

‘Lost Year’ Clouds Hawaii’s Economic Outlook

Hawaii’s Summer Tourism Season Is Looking Promising

February 2021

Thursday, February 25

‘We’re Really Celebrating Tier 3’: Honolulu Eases Restrictions On Businesses

Monday, February 22

Hawaii Health Director Says 3 More Weeks For Next Vaccination Phase

Sunday, February 21

Is The End In Sight? And How Will We Know It?

Wednesday, February 17

Senate Panel Kills Beef Bill

Beefing Over Control Of Hawaii’s Meat Processing Industry

Friday, February 12

Embattled Agribusiness Corporation Has Powerful Friends

Thursday, February 11

The Construction Industry Is Still Going Strong In Hawaii. It May Get Even Stronger

Tuesday, February 9

Stabilizing Or Stalling? State Officials Explain Why Hawaii’s Recovery Plan Will Take 2 Years

Tuesday, February 2

House Leader Lays Out Proposals For Accountability, Land And Tourism

Monday, February 1

Can You Make Money Being A Farmer In Hawaii? 2 Farmers Explain How They’re Doing It

January 2021

Friday, January 22

Economists: Agribusiness Development Corp. Is A ‘Fiasco’

Wednesday, January 20

Hawaii House Speaker Launches Probe Of State Auditor

Tuesday, January 19

New Wave Of Federal Stimulus Money Is Hitting Hawaii

Thursday, January 14

Auditor: State Agriculture Agency Is Failing To Fulfill Mission

Hawaii Lags Other States In Administering COVID-19 Vaccines, Federal Data Shows

Friday, January 8

$284 Billion Begins Flowing To Small Businesses On Monday

Wednesday, January 6

The Continuing Clout Of Hawaii’s Public Worker Unions