The Governance of Hawaii: A Study of Territorial Administration

The Governance of Hawaii: A Study of Territorial Administration

The Governance of Hawaii: A Study of Territorial Administration

The Governance of Hawaii: A Study of Territorial Administration

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There are books written out of other books and books out of which other books are written. That this one is not written out of other books is due primarily to the fact that there were no books out of which it could have been written. When I began to instruct in political science at the University of Hawaii, I set out to discover something of the government under which I then found myself. Aside from W. F. Willoughby Territories and Dependencies of the United States, published more than twenty years before, I could locate in the standard texts on American government only a few brief descriptive paragraphs about Hawaii, and these paragraphs had been so obviously copied one from another that there had resulted an intellectual inbreeding which perpetuated some rather patent errors. My task was to start out anew, on my own account, to learn about the governance of Hawaii.

On the face of it there seemed no simple explanation of the general dearth of interest in the territorial administration of Hawaii. The Islands are almost continually in the public eye. Most people have heard much of the sparkling waters of Waikiki, the quiet calm of green Manoa Valley, the seething fires of Kilauea. We all learned a great deal about the geography of the archipelago when Honolulu became the goal of adventurous trans-oceanic aviators. Furthermore, since the war there has been a considerable revival of interest in the study of colonial government. The names of India, the Philippine Islands, Tunis, Morocco, Egypt, Syria, and Porto Rico, all remind us that one of the major problems of the white race concerns its relation to the yellow, the brown, and the black co-citizens of this world.

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