The Governance of Hawaii: A Study of Territorial Administration

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CHAPTER II
AN INDEPENDENT NATION

First days of a kingdom. --Hundreds of years before the white man had ever ventured beyond sight of land, the Polynesian peoples of the south Pacific were making voyages far out to sea in their outrigger canoes. On one of these journeys, about 500 A.D., a powerful war chief, Paao, together with a few followers, landed at the group of islands which we now know as the Hawaiian archipelago. Recorded history of Hawaii begins very early in the morning of January 18, 1778, when the British Captain James Cook approached the island of Kauai in the course of his third voyage into the Pacific. He found the Islands in a period of transition. From their earliest settlement the different islands had been ruled by different kings, and sometimes there was more than one king on the same island. For at least three hundred years there had been constant battle among the rulers. One chief after another, arrogant and rapacious, had led his army from district to district, from island to island. In November 1736, during one of these brutal civil wars, a baby boy was born of royal parentage on the Kohala coast of the island of Hawaii. He was named Kamehameha. He became a great warrior, and one sphere after another came under his control. Cook notes him as the dominant power of the Islands. By 1796 he had completed his conquest. He is known as Kamehameha I, Napoleon of the Pacific, founder of a dynasty, and national hero of the Hawaiians.

Honolulu, on Oahu, he chose for his capital. There he surrounded himself with an informal council of four

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Table of contents

  • 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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