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.

October 2020

Wednesday, October 28

Chinatown Rising: Businesses Are Finding Cool New Homes Amidst The Pandemic

Sunday, October 25

Oahu Bar Owners Are Crying Foul Over City Restrictions

Tuesday, October 20

New State Program Helps Businesses Adapt To A Changing Economy

Monday, October 19

Secrecy Shrouds Ige’s New High-Level Coronavirus Panel

Thursday, October 15

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

Airlines Predict A Long Slow Recovery Even As Tourism Returns

Tuesday, October 13

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

Monday, October 12

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

Wednesday, October 7

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

Why Alaska’s COVID-19 Test Program For Travelers Isn’t Working As Well As Hoped

Monday, October 5

Report: Tenants And Landlords Alike Are Struggling

Sunday, October 4

Is Hawaii Learning To Live With The Coronavirus?

Friday, October 2

Waikiki Councilman Raises Late Objection To State’s Pre-Travel Test Plans

Thursday, October 1

Hawaii Continues To Line Up Pre-Travel Test Options

September 2020

Friday, September 25

Hawaii Businesses Are Dying. Is Government Helping Or Hurting?

Tuesday, September 22

Fast, Frequent And Cheap COVID-19 Tests Hold Promise For Hawaii

Wednesday, September 16

Is DOH Epidemiologist Jennifer Smith Legally Protected As A Whistleblower?

Monday, September 14

Economist: Hawaii’s Economic Fall Will Be Worse Than Predicted

Thursday, September 10

Health Dept Whistleblower Speaks Out About ‘Toxic Management Culture’

Tuesday, September 8

Hawaii Dept Of Health Whistleblower Forced Out As Shakeup Continues

Wednesday, September 2

More Health Department Drama: New Contact Tracing Head Asks For Leave

The Cost Of Failure To Contain The Virus? Massive Layoffs

August 2020

Monday, August 31

Hawaii’s ‘2 Most Critical Weeks’: House Committee Seeks Strong State Action

Wednesday, August 26

Even The Auditor Can’t Get Contact Tracing Info From Hawaii DOH

Wednesday, August 19

Hawaii Is Ramping Up Its Virus Tracing Program. The Health Director Says It’s Too Late

California Congresswoman Wants Answers On Hawaii’s Virus Response Effort

Is COVID-19 Spreading Because People Have Gotten Tired Of Restrictions?

Monday, August 17

House COVID-19 Committee: ‘We Really Do Need Data’ To Get The Virus Under Control

Friday, August 14

This Whistleblower Exposed The Health Department’s COVID-19 Shortcomings

Thursday, August 13

Controversial State Health Official Ousted From Leading Virus Tracing Effort

Wednesday, August 12

Hawaii’s Contact Tracing Effort Falls Short Of National Standards

Monday, August 10

The State Has A Plan For When To Reopen Or Reclose. Why Aren’t We Following It?

Thursday, August 6

COVID-19 Has Overwhelmed One Essential Strategy To Control The Virus

Widespread, Frequent COVID-19 Testing ‘Can Wipe This Off The Planet’

Monday, August 3

House COVID-19 Committee: We Need More Info From Health Department

July 2020

Wednesday, July 29

Our Struggling Economy: The First ‘Cliff’ Is Almost Here And A Second One Is Looming

Monday, July 20

Here’s How Honolulu’s Mayoral Candidates Want To Help The Economy

Wednesday, July 15

How This Special Legislative Committee Has Worked To Keep Hawaii’s Economy Afloat

Monday, July 13

Hawaii Governor Delays Plan To Reopen To Tourists

Shuttered Churches, Temples Got Millions From Feds

Thursday, July 9

Regulators Nix No-Bid Contract For Big Island Power Plant

Friday, July 3

Judge Denies Request To Lift Hawaii’s Travel Quarantine

Thursday, July 2

Judge Delays Ruling On Request To Lift Quarantine

June 2020

Tuesday, June 30

Honolulu Fire Chief’s Plan For A New Rescue Unit Ignites Controversy

Thursday, June 25

Hawaii Economic Chief: Tourism Is ‘Who We Are’ And Must Be Rebuilt

Monday, June 22

Hawaii’s Highest Court Is Pushing Back On How Police Interrogate Suspects

Friday, June 19

Economic Development Officials Outline Recovery Plan

Thursday, June 18

Reports: Thousands More Likely To Soon Suffer Severe Financial Hardship In Hawaii

Monday, June 15

Hawaii Economy Faces ‘A Long Slow Road Back’

Friday, June 12

Vacation Rental Owners Are Threatening To Sue Over Shutdown

Wednesday, June 10

Gov. David Ige Extends Trans-Pacific Travel Quarantine To July 31

Experts: Test Passengers To Reopen Hawaii Tourism

Saturday, June 6

Hawaii’s Wedding Business Has Been ‘Completely Demolished’

Thursday, June 4

Bullying Feud Again Thwarts Senate Hearing On Hawaii Economy

Monday, June 1

Hawaii Will End Interisland Travel Quarantine June 16

‘It’s Going To Be Bad’: Federal Aid Will Soon Run Out For Many In Hawaii

May 2020

Friday, May 29

Tensions Grow Over How — And When — To Reopen Tourism

Thursday, May 28

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

Wednesday, May 27

Young Brothers May Get $25 Million In Federal Bailout Money

Tuesday, May 26

Hawaii’s Hotels Are Bleeding Cash Amid Shutdown

Thursday, May 21

Ige’s Economic Chief Accuses Senators Of Harassment

Tuesday, May 12

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

Monday, May 11

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

Friday, May 8

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

Monday, May 4

Ige Urged To Order DOH To Accept More Pandemic Help

Reshaping Hawaii’s Economy For A Post-Pandemic World

April 2020

Thursday, April 30

Hawaii’s Restaurants Face An Unknown Future Amid The Pandemic

Friday, April 24

CEO: Hawaiian Airlines Got $654 Million From Feds

Tuesday, April 21

COVID-19 Crisis Poses Risks For Hawaii’s Renewable Energy Plans

Monday, April 20

State Leaders: Reopening Of Hawaii Is Still About A Month Away

Friday, April 17

Hawaii’s New ‘Economic Navigator’ Has A Murky Journey Ahead

Tuesday, April 14

Hawaii Small Businesses Land $1.6 Billion From Feds

Reopening Hawaii’s Economy Will Likely Be Slow and Painful

Wednesday, April 8

Hawaii Officials Announce Expanded COVID-19 Testing

Hawaii Businesses Affected By COVID-19 Could Face Tough Fights With Insurers

Monday, April 6

Ige, UH Economists Agree: COVID-19 Testing May Be Key To Restoring Tourism

Hawaii Banks Start Rolling Out Relief To Small Firms

Friday, April 3

This Startup Is Trying To Ease The Ventilator Shortage in Hawaii

Thursday, April 2

This Hawaii Firm Says It Has Millions Of Masks For Sale

March 2020

Sunday, March 29

Residents And Policymakers Battle Over Hawaii Wind Energy Projects

Will Feds’ Relief Package Be Enough To Keep Hawaii’s Small Businesses Afloat?

Thursday, March 26

Hawaii Jobless Claims Top 80,000 As Coronavirus Sinks The Economy

Wednesday, March 25

Hawaii Doctors Battle State Health Department Over COVID-19 Testing

Sunday, March 22

8 New Coronavirus Cases Reported in Hawaii

Hawaiian Airlines Will Suspend Most Long-Haul Service Starting Thursday

Thursday, March 19

Programs Emerge To Help Borrowers, Small Businesses Cope With COVID-19 Crisis

Wednesday, March 18

Hawaii’s Biggest Industry Is Reeling As The Coronavirus Spreads

Thursday, March 12

Judge: Hawaiian Heiress Is Not Capable Of Managing Her Own Affairs

Wednesday, March 11

Coronavirus Forecast To Take $300 Million Bite Out Of Hawaii Tax Revenues

Jobs In Hawaii: The Future Looks A Lot Like The Past

Tuesday, March 10

Economists: Hawaii Visitor Spending Will Drop 10% From Coronavirus

Lawmakers Want To Subsidize Big Rate Increases By Hawaii’s Only Interisland Shipper

Wednesday, March 4

Hawaii’s Largest Private College Is Fighting For Its Future

Tuesday, March 3

Hawaii Lawmakers Hamstrung By Their Own Law On Special Funds

February 2020

Wednesday, February 19

Judge: Hawaiian Princess Can Testify In Public But Info About Finances, Medical Issues Will Be Kept Secret

Tuesday, February 11

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Showing A Little Love For Kona Coffee

Tuesday, February 4

Hawaii’s Push For Renewable Energy Could Stall Over Public Opposition To Facilities

January 2020

Wednesday, January 29

Judge: Attorney General Can Get Bank Records Of Mauna Kea Protest Group

Tuesday, January 28

Report: Two-Thirds of Hawaii Residents Struggle Financially

Wednesday, January 22

Hawaii AG Is Seeking Bank Records Of Mauna Kea Protest Group

Tuesday, January 7

Vacation Rentals Are Still Thriving In Kailua

Monday, January 6

Cyber Spies Are Quietly Boosting Hawaii’s High Tech Economy