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 2017

Thursday, December 28

Will Renters Soon Power Their Apartments With Solar?

Thursday, December 14

How Will Hawaiian Airlines Weather Its Big Transition In 2018?

Thursday, December 7

Why Hawaii Residents Can’t Build Their Own Private Power Grids

November 2017

Wednesday, November 29

Temple of Boom: Mormon Church North Shore Housing Plans Hit Roadblock

Tuesday, November 21

Can These Eco-Friendly Caskets Find A Niche In $20 Billion Industry?

Friday, November 17

Rail Board OKs Preliminary Step To Push Route Past Ala Moana

Thursday, November 16

Will Rail Go To Manoa And Waikiki After All?

Thursday, November 9

Why Gov. Ige’s Secret Talks With Airbnb Have So Many People Upset

Wednesday, November 8

The Case Against Katherine Kealoha Just Keeps Getting Worse

Friday, November 3

Trump’s Hawaii Visit Inspires Supporters, But More Opponents

What’s At The Center Of The Case Against The Kealohas? Bank Fraud

October 2017

Tuesday, October 31

A Look At The Business Execs Up For Seats On Honolulu Police Commission

Tuesday, October 24

The Children’s Trust Fund At The Heart Of The Kealoha Indictment

Monday, October 16

What Started The Marco Polo Fire Remains A Mystery

North Korea Nuclear Threat: Viral Headlines Aren’t Scaring Hawaii Visitors Away

Tuesday, October 10

Lawsuit: New Airport Shuttle Service Won’t Deliver On Promises

Tuesday, October 3

These North Shore Food Trucks Are Under Fire From Environmentalists

September 2017

Wednesday, September 27

Is This Obscure Bean Tree Hawaii’s Next Bigtime Crop?

Monday, September 25

Retail Shops On Hawaii Farmland: Kauai Dispute Could Set A Precedent

Friday, September 22

Controversial Pesticide Remains Unregulated In Hawaii

Monday, September 18

The Estimated Cost Of Honolulu Rail Just Dropped By $1 Billion

Thursday, September 14

Honolulu Rail Board: What Do You Do With A $2.4 Billion Bailout?

This Waikiki Land Fight Is A Doozy

Tuesday, September 5

How the Legislature’s ‘Big Five’ Crafted A Deal To Rescue Honolulu Rail

Friday, September 1

$2.4 Billion Rescue Bill For Honolulu Rail Wins Final Approval

Will Stricter Oversight Put Honolulu Rail On Track?

August 2017

Wednesday, August 30

Tax Increase To Rescue Honolulu Rail Project Heads To A Final Vote

Lawmakers Skeptical That Hotel Room Tax Hike Would Hurt Hawaii Tourism

Monday, August 28

$2.4 Billion Rail Rescue Plan Clears Another Senate Hurdle

Honolulu Mayor Urges Lawmakers To Put More Money In Rail Bailout Bill

Rail Bailout Bill Requires Sweeping Audit

3 Things That Could Derail The Honolulu Rail Bailout

Thursday, August 24

Oahu’s Cheapest Source Of Power Is About To Go Away

Tuesday, August 22

Why Hotels Will Likely Get Stuck With Honolulu Rail Tab

Monday, August 21

Why A New Hawaii Cargo Line Isn’t Such Good News For Locals

Thursday, August 17

How A Princess’s Embattled Fortune Could Become A Massive Native Hawaiian Charity

Monday, August 14

Hawaii Lawmakers Not Sold On Rail Tax Extension

July 2017

Monday, July 31

Hawaii Utilities Regulators Are Worried About Rising Electric Rates

Thursday, July 27

Dream Plan or Pipe Dream? Group Pushes Street-Level Rail For Honolulu

Friday, July 21

Insurance May Not Be Enough For Some Marco Polo Condo Owners

Monday, July 17

Why Is A High-Tech Agency Building A Center For Cops And Rescue Workers?

Thursday, July 13

Cybersecurity Experts Exchange Tricks Of The Trade In Honolulu

Monday, July 10

Ohio Firm To Buy Hawaiian Telcom For $650 Million

Friday, July 7

Here’s Who Might Get Stung Hardest By Any New Rail Taxes

Wednesday, July 5

HECO’s $205 Million Grid Plan Aims For Two-Way Flow Of Solar Power

June 2017

Friday, June 30

Matson Reaches Union Deal And Avoids Strike

Wednesday, June 28

Special Permits Near Honolulu Rail Line Attract Proposals For Big Hotels

Friday, June 23

Honolulu Rail Project’s Budget Increased By 11.5 Percent

Thursday, June 22

How HECO Is Trying To Modernize Its Electric Grid

Monday, June 19

Should Hawaii Guarantee Every Resident A Minimum Income?

Wednesday, June 14

Mayor Caldwell Sells $72,000 Of Territorial Bank Stock

Wealthy Oahu Neighborhoods Benefit From Program Meant To Help Poor Communities

Wednesday, June 7

Council Puts Taxpayers On The Hook To Ensure Rail Work Continues

Tuesday, June 6

Hawaii’s ‘Innovation Potential’ Ranks Low Nationally

This Hilo Vitamin Business Has Been Losing Money For Months Since Customs Took Its Machine

Monday, June 5

Hawaii’s Tech Sector Is Suffering From A Lack Of Top Business Execs

Friday, June 2

Could Oahu’s West Side Be The New Vacation Hot Spot For Millennials?

May 2017

Wednesday, May 24

How UH Hopes To Turn Research Into Business Startups

Monday, May 22

Resort Fees: A Hidden Pain For Tourists, A Windfall For Hotels

Thursday, May 18

Waikiki Hotel, State Sued Over Native Hawaiian Burial Site

Tuesday, May 16

HART Sues State Blood Bank To Take Land For Rail

Monday, May 15

Opposition To Foreign Condo Sales Raises Legal Questions

Wednesday, May 10

City Searches For A Way To Encourage Affordable Housing Near Rail Stops

Monday, May 8

How This Hawaii Business Is Using A New Law To Raise Money

Friday, May 5

Immigrant Investor Project Gets Rocky Reception From City Council

Monday, May 1

City And Tourist Industry Blast Hotel Tax Hike As A Bad Idea

Were These ‘Local’ Products Really Made In Hawaii?

April 2017

Friday, April 21

Cayetano To Trump: Cut Honolulu Rail Funds

Thursday, April 20

Competing Airbnb Bills Set Off Lobbying Battle