The Governance of Hawaii: A Study of Territorial Administration

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CHAPTER I
THE ISLANDS OF HAWAII

Geography. --Of all the inhabited places on this earth of ours, the islands of Hawaii are geographically the most isolated. They are more than two thousand miles from their nearest neighbor, California. The Hawaiian group proper lies just within the tropical zone and consists chiefly of eight islands, which are, in the order of their size: Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau, and Kahoolawe.1 For purposes of American governmental administration a further string of islands extending a thousand miles to the northwest and a few islands eight hundred miles to the south of the main group are considered part of the Territory of Hawaii, though none of these is inhabited except Midway Island, which is important as a Pacific cable station. The dry land area of the entire archipelago is about equal to that of Delaware or New Jersey. The population2 is set down as 348,767, which is five times that of Nevada, twice that of Wyoming, almost twice that of Delaware, about equal to that of Arizona or Vermont , and six times that of Alaska.

The territory gets its name from the southernmost island of the group, which is larger than all the others put together. Its area is slightly less than that of the state of Connecticut and distinctly greater than that of Porto Rico. Its population is about ninety thousand, and on its eastern shore is the second largest city in the territory,

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1
For guidance in the pronunciation of Hawaiian names see Appendix A, pp. 229 f.
2
On June 30, 1928. From the Annual Report of the President of the Board of Health, for 1928, published by the Board of Health, Honolulu, T.H.

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  • Stanford Books in World Politics ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Table of Contents xv
  • 1- Chapter I the Islands of Hawaii 1
  • Bibliography 14
  • Chapter II- An Independent Nation 16
  • Bibliography 28
  • Chapter III- Hawaii and the Union 29
  • Bibliography 51
  • Chapter IV- The Plan of Government 53
  • Bibliography 63
  • Chapter V- Races and the Government 64
  • Bibliography 81
  • Chapter VI- Parties and Elections 82
  • Bibliography 94
  • Chapter VII- The Legislature 95
  • Bibliography 106
  • Chapter VIII- The Executive Branch 107
  • Bibliography 121
  • Chapter IX- Health and Welfare 122
  • Bibliography 131
  • Chapter X- Education 132
  • Bibliography 146
  • Chapter XI- Public Lands and Public Works 147
  • Bibliography 154
  • Chapter XII- Conservation, Agriculture, and Business 155
  • Bibliography 163
  • Chapter XIII- Finance 165
  • Bibliography 176
  • Chapter XIV- Law and Legal Administration 177
  • Bibliography 186
  • Chapter XV- Honolulu General Government 187
  • Bibliography 193
  • Bibliography 202
  • Chapter XVII- County Government 203
  • Bibliography 210
  • Chapter XVIII- Federal Government in Hawaii 211
  • Bibliography 217
  • Chapter XIX- An Appraisal 218
  • Bibliography 227
  • Appendix A- Hawaiian Pronunciation 229
  • Appendix B 231
  • Appendix C 232
  • Appendix D 235
  • Chapter Iii. the Executive 250
  • Index 273
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