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 2018

Tuesday, December 18

Sylvia Luke Wants To Change The Way The State Spends Money

Monday, December 17

Ige Proposes Spending $125 Million For Ala Wai Canal Flood Control

Thursday, December 13

Experts: Kaneshiro Can Talk About Federal Investigation If He Wants To

Wednesday, December 12

Why Has Wall Street Punished Hawaiian Airlines?

Monday, December 10

Can A New Generation Save Honolulu’s Oldest Natural Foods Store?

November 2018

Monday, November 19

New Shipping Rules May Drive Up Hawaii’s Power Bills

Rushing To Mine A Sea Floor Full Of Treasure — And Unique Creatures

Wednesday, November 7

Hawaii Democrats Cheer New Balance of Power In Washington

Tuesday, November 6

Maui Voters Want Tougher Fines For Unlicensed Airbnbs

Monday, November 5

Filmmaker Sues Hawaii: My Film Is ‘Not The History They Want Told’

October 2018

Wednesday, October 31

Will Kiosks And Robots Replace Hotel Workers?

Tuesday, October 30

Supreme Court Approves Thirty Meter Telescope

Wednesday, October 24

Should Unlicensed Airbnbs On Maui Face A $20,000 Fine?

Friday, October 19

Court Strikes Down Education Tax Ballot Measure

Surprise Eviction Notices Have This Old Plantation Community Up In Arms

Thursday, October 18

Supreme Court Hears Challenge To ConAm Ballot Measure But Defers Ruling

Thursday, October 11

This Maui Couple’s Photo App Is An Instagram Sensation

Wednesday, October 10

Has Kakaako Gotten Too Fancy Even For IBM?

Monday, October 8

2,700 Workers Strike At Popular Waikiki Hotels

If You Don’t Vote On Constitutional Questions, You’ve Just Voted ‘No’

Wednesday, October 3

Snuggle Up: Professional Cuddling Is Going Mainstream

Monday, October 1

Can Hawaii’s Oldest Dive Bar Survive Chinatown’s Invading Hipsters?

September 2018

Thursday, September 27

HART Wants A Private Company To Finish The Honolulu Rail Project

Monday, September 24

Hawaii Unions Say Little Has Changed Since Landmark Janus Decision

Friday, September 21

New Report Reveals Hawaii’s Not-So-Booming Economy

Thursday, September 20

The Next Emergency Text You Get May Be From The President

Wednesday, September 12

Why Hawaii Farmers Are Actually Embracing Government Regulation

Monday, September 10

Thousands Poised To Strike At Some Of Waikiki’s Biggest Hotels

August 2018

Wednesday, August 29

Hawaii Counties Ask Court To Block School Property Tax Measure

Monday, August 27

Honolulu Lawsuit Aims To Stop Proposed Ballot Measure On Education Funding

Saturday, August 25

What Killed Hurricane Lane?

Friday, August 24

Fear The Hurricane? Not These Hardy Tourists

Tuesday, August 21

Oahu Placed On Hurricane Watch As Storm Approaches

Monday, August 20

How Caldwell’s Airbnb Bill Could Ease Honolulu’s Housing Crunch

Tuesday, August 14

Bar Brawl: Can The World’s Largest Law Firm Practice In Hawaii?

Saturday, August 11

Tupola Wins GOP Primary For Governor

Thursday, August 9

For Many Native Hawaiians, Owning ‘Aloha’ Is Not Very Aloha

Friday, August 3

Carpenters Union Makes Josh Green A Million-Dollar Candidate For LG

Thursday, August 2

Tupola Calls For Tax Cuts And A Streamlined State Government

July 2018

Tuesday, July 31

Civil Beat Poll: Josh Green Is Far Out Front In The LG Race

Thursday, July 26

Mayor Proposes Sweeping Changes In Vacation Rental Rules

This Murky Law Could Give The Governor Broad New Powers

Tuesday, July 24

Carroll Breaks Out Radical New Proposals In His Bid To Be Governor

Thursday, July 19

Can An Algae Supplement Turn Around A Struggling Hawaii Startup?

Monday, July 16

Hawaii Governor’s Race: Clear Differences On Energy Policy

Tuesday, July 10

Is Wireless Phone Giant Using Hawaii To Greenwash Its Image?

Monday, July 9

How Gov Candidates Would Grow Hawaii’s Economy

Tuesday, July 3

Democratic Contenders For Congress Duke It Out

June 2018

Wednesday, June 27

Economists: Public Employee Union Membership Is Bound To Drop

Tuesday, June 26

How Hawaii Governor Candidates Would Handle Burgeoning Pension Debt

Wednesday, June 20

Saving Hawaii’s GOP: A Tough Job For 3 Candidates For Governor

Thursday, June 14

Auditor: Hawaii AG Mismanaged Asset Seizure Program

Friday, June 8

State Changes Its Manoa Sludge Pits Plan After UH Faculty Outcry

Wednesday, June 6

This Sludge Pit Plan Gets Little Love In Manoa

May 2018

Wednesday, May 30

New Indictment Against Kealohas Focuses on Bank Fraud, Identify Theft

Thursday, May 24

Honolulu Cop Fired For Domestic Violence Gets His Job Back

Is HECO ‘Dragging Anchor’ On Push To Renewable Energy?

Tuesday, May 22

Manoa Professors Raise A Stink About Sludge Pits — And Get Results

Monday, May 14

Will There Be Enough Workers For Hawaii’s Hot Economy?

Tuesday, May 8

Hawaii Just Found A New Way To Fight Climate Change

Thursday, May 3

Kealohas Will Face Two Trials in Federal Corruption Case

Meet The Punk Rock Roller Skating Cheesecake Maker From Kaimuki

April 2018

Sunday, April 29

Ballard Promises Aggressive Recruitment To Fix Cop Shortage

Friday, April 27

Will The Kealoha Case Be One Big Show Or Separate Trials?

Wednesday, April 25

A ‘Descendants’-Style Land Feud Breaks Out On The Big Island

Monday, April 23

Lawmakers Question Whether State Should Buy Kauai Farmland

Thursday, April 12

State Agribusiness Agency Says It’s Too Busy To Be Audited

Monday, April 9

Blue Planet: From ‘Harry Potter’ To Formidable Political Force

Friday, April 6

Developer Exploring Giant Wind Farm In West Oahu

March 2018

Friday, March 9

Are Hawaii Industries At Risk If A Trade War Breaks Out?

Tuesday, March 6

Tighter Gun Restrictions Among Hundreds Of Bills Moving Ahead

Hawaii Senate Approves Putting Mauna Kea Under New Management

Friday, March 2

UH Takeover Of Innovation Center Is Raising Tech Community Eyebrows

February 2018

Tuesday, February 27

Airbnb Says No To Collecting Taxes On Rentals

Friday, February 23

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Scrambling To Find Another $45 Million

Wednesday, February 21

This Is What A Statewide Police Board Might Look Like In Hawaii

Monday, February 12

EPA Settles Syngenta Pesticide Claim For Pennies On The Dollar

Hawaii’s Resistance To Trump Enters Cyberspace

Thursday, February 8

Modernizing Hawaii’s Electric Grid For Less Than $1 A Month

Tuesday, February 6

Experts: New Solar Panel Tariff Won’t Hurt Hawaii

Thursday, February 1

How A Big Mainland Developer Learned To Thrive In Hawaii

January 2018

Friday, January 26

Should UH Still Manage The Mauna Kea Summit?

Wednesday, January 24

Kauai’s Crackdown On Airbnbs Is Backfiring

Monday, January 15

General Will Review Why Hawaii Sent Out False Nuke Alarm

Saturday, January 13

False Missile Threat Mistakenly Triggered As Part Of Internal Drill

Thursday, January 11

Is This Maui Landowner Getting A Raw Deal From The State?

Thursday, January 4

Audit: State Energy Office ‘Is Not Doing Its Job’

Wednesday, January 3

What’s Up With All The Fake Brides On Hawaii Beaches?