The Governance of Hawaii: A Study of Territorial Administration

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CHAPTER VIII
THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH

The chief. --There are eighty-five separate divisions in the territorial government of Hawaii. They vary in size from two thousand employees to one. The department of public instruction spends more than four million dollars yearly, and at least four separate divisions spend nothing at all. Administrative functions of Hawaii include giving away land, loaning money, watching every tuberculosis suspect in the Islands, collecting old Hawaiian songs and legends, catching rats, building bridges, governing a leper colony of more than five hundred people, and running educational institutions for feeble-minded, blind, deaf, and bad, as well as normal, children and adults. The government constantly watches and regulates the conduct of physicians, lawyers, osteopaths, druggists, accountants, engineers, architects, oil dealers, dentists, teachers, opticians, commercial air pilots, insurance agents, bankers, employers of labor, and corporations. How these many different activities are performed by the many different departments is the subject of this and the four succeeding chapters.

The head of the executive branch is the governor. He is more decisively the head of his administration than are the governors of most states. He appoints every head of an administrative department, except the secretary of the territory. Six hundred and thirty-three officers are chosen personally by the governor, and through these, of course, he can control the selection of subordinates. Of the six hundred and thirty-three gubernatorial appointees, two hundred and eighty-one are election inspectors, two hun-

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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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