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.

December 2019

Thursday, December 12

The New NextEra? HECO Is Fighting This Mainland Firm’s Bid For Control

Tuesday, December 10

HECO Names New CEO As It Begins Major Renewable Energy Push

Monday, December 9

How The Gas Company Plans To Fight A Bill Banning Gas Water Heaters

Thursday, December 5

Feds: Chinese Industrial Spies Have Great Interest In Hawaii

November 2019

Wednesday, November 27

Judge: State Can’t Keep Data Behind Its Budget Estimates Secret

Friday, November 22

Seed Industry Is Shrinking Dramatically But It Still Grows Hawaii’s No. 1 Crop

Tuesday, November 19

Energy Giant AES Has A Big — And Growing — Footprint In Hawaii

Hawaii Supreme Court: Gov Can Appoint Whoever He Wants During Interim

Friday, November 15

Report: Hawaii’s Economic Growth Is The Lowest In The Nation

Friday, November 8

Second Bid To Impeach Honolulu’s Top Prosecutor Is Filed

Honolulu Prosecutor Objects To Feds’ Ruling On A Third Deedy Trial

Wednesday, November 6

Regulators Demand Audit Of Hawaiian Electric Co.

Tuesday, November 5

Hawaii Gas Faces Uncertain Future In State’s Renewable Energy Push

October 2019

Monday, October 28

PUC’s Former Lawyer Says Approval Of Kahuku Wind Farm Violated Law

Wednesday, October 23

Conflicts, Antitrust Questions Raised Regarding Maui Solar Farm

Thursday, October 17

Hawaii’s Green Energy Projects Search For Ways To Navigate Community Opposition

Wednesday, October 16

Why Hawaii Still Has So Few Electric Cars

Thursday, October 10

Who Climbs Koko Crater? An Avid Hiker Wants To Find Out

Tuesday, October 8

Hawaii Coffee Farmers: State Policy Is Putting Crops At Risk

Thursday, October 3

How ‘Green Fees’ Might Offset The Hidden Costs Of Tourism In Hawaii

September 2019

Thursday, September 26

This Facebook Campaign Is Teaching Tourists How To Behave In Hawaii

Monday, September 23

Why No One Knows How Many Green Energy Jobs Exist In Hawaii

Friday, September 20

Economists: Airbnb Crackdown Will Likely Cause Big Drop In Oahu Tourism

Tuesday, September 10

Will Hawaii Electric Customers Ever Save Money With Renewable Energy?

Wednesday, September 4

Hawaiian Airlines Stock Slumping Amid Fears Of Competition

August 2019

Thursday, August 29

Monsanto Could Soon Be Facing Dozens Of Lawsuits in Hawaii Over Pesticide

Tuesday, August 27

Air Travel’s Carbon Footprint Takes A Big Environmental Toll In Hawaii

Thursday, August 22

Can This New Hawaii Venture Become The Stock Fund For Millennials?

July 2019

Wednesday, July 31

Do Negotiations Offer A Way Forward On Mauna Kea?

Monday, July 22

This Hawaii Entrepreneur Wants To Build The Moon’s First ‘Airport’

Wednesday, July 17

Measuring The Costs and Benefits of Windward Oahu Tourism

Hawaii Struggles To Maintain Its Worn-Out Hiking Trails

Thursday, July 11

How Kailua Became A Tourist Town

Wednesday, July 10

9 Charts That Show How Hawaii Tourism Is Changing

10 Million Visitors: Can Hawaii Survive Its Own Popularity?

Tuesday, July 2

Selling Students On A Future Career, Not Just A Degree

June 2019

Thursday, June 20

Hawaii Has The Lowest Health Care Costs, Thanks To Strong State Laws

Tuesday, June 18

New Ruling In Maui Water Case Still Doesn’t Resolve Old Dispute

Friday, June 14

No One Knows How Many Homes Are Sitting Empty Despite Housing Shortage

Monday, June 10

Kakaako’s Empty Condos: ‘At Night, It’s A Ghost Town Down Here’

Tuesday, June 4

Economists: Higher Revenue Estimates Do Not Signal Economic Growth In Hawaii

Monday, June 3

Hawaiian Electric’s Ambitious Plan To Quit Using Coal Is A ‘Moon Mission’

May 2019

Monday, May 20

Can These Unlikely Partners Help Diversify Hawaii’s Economy?

Wednesday, May 8

City Council Defers Measures to Crack Down On Vacation Rentals

Monday, May 6

Wanted: People Who Can Make Useful Sense Of Vast Amounts Of Data

April 2019

Tuesday, April 30

Why Plans For A New Navy Dry Dock Leave Ship Repair Industry Divided

Friday, April 26

Will One Of These Fledgling Companies Be Hawaii’s Next Big Brand?

Friday, April 19

Can A Sustainable Industry Be Built From An Invasive Species?

Tuesday, April 16

The High Price Of Luring The Movies To Hawaii

Monday, April 15

Vacation Rentals On Oahu May Face Tough Enforcement And New Limits

Thursday, April 4

Hawaii’s Population Decline Signals Future Economic Challenges

Tuesday, April 2

Beyond Hotels And Beaches: Can Hawaii Really Diversify Its Economy?

Monsanto: $80M Verdict In Roundup Case Won’t Affect Other Suits

March 2019

Tuesday, March 26

Local Artisans Are Thriving Amid Kakaako’s Condo Boom

Wednesday, March 20

Hawaii Supreme Court: Giant Law Firm OK To Set Up Shop Here

Monday, March 11

Lawsuit Claims HPD Officer Sexually Assaulted Woman

Thursday, March 7

Embattled Honolulu Prosecutor Takes Immediate Leave Of Absence

Monday, March 4

Kealohas’ Trial Delayed Until May For Medical Reasons

Friday, March 1

As Tourism Begins To Stall, So Does Hawaii’s Economy

February 2019

Monday, February 25

Be Audited Or Die: New Budget Process Cracks Down On State Agency

Thursday, February 14

Legislature’s New Approach: Inspect Budgets In Bite-Sized Chunks

Wednesday, February 13

Katherine Kealoha And Her Brother Are Free Pending Trial On Drug Charges

Tuesday, February 12

Hawaii’s ‘Unprecedented’ Push To Suspend Keith Kaneshiro

Hawaii AG Asks Supreme Court To Suspend Honolulu Prosecutor

Wednesday, February 6

Growing Our Own: Hawaii Still Lacks Enough Local Food Production

Court Ruling On Water Heaters Will Help ‘Protect The Climate’

January 2019

Tuesday, January 29

House Speaker: Really, Judges Are My BFFs

Wednesday, January 23

Hawaii Energy Office — And Other Programs — May Face The Budget Ax

Friday, January 18

Government Shutdown Won’t Stall Kealoha Trial

Labor Board: Police Chief Did Nothing Wrong When She Transferred SHOPO President

Thursday, January 17

Budget Hawk Sylvia Luke: ‘I Try To Know More Than Them’

Wednesday, January 16

Federal Shutdown Claims New Victim: Katherine Kealoha’s Right To A Fair Trial

Monday, January 14

Police Corruption Probe Snags City’s Top Lawyer

Friday, January 11

Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In Ozawa-Waters Election Challenge

Trump’s Border Wall Could Imperil $345M Ala Wai Canal Flood Control Project

Wednesday, January 9

Court Rejects LoPresti’s Challenge Of His Loss In Ewa Beach Senate Race

Tuesday, January 8

This Long-Expired High-Tech Tax Credit Is Still Costing Hawaii Millions

Monday, January 7

Filmmaker Settles Lawsuit After Hawaii Grants Him Tax Credits

Thursday, January 3

If You Thought Legislature Would Bury The Hatchet With Ige, Think Again

Wednesday, January 2

Addicted To Airbnb: Hawaii’s Tourism Economy Depends On Illegal Vacation Rentals