The Governance of Hawaii: A Study of Territorial Administration

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CHAPTER XV
HONOLULU GENERAL GOVERNMENT

Plan of the government. --More than half of the people in the territory live on the island of Oahu. With 113,000 in Honolulu proper and 67,000 in the rural districts, the city-and-county is forced to deal with municipal problems of no mean proportion. Aside from the usual tasks of local regulation, construction and care of streets and highways, police and fire protection, building inspection, and care of school buildings--which the legislature has placed upon the counties and the city-and-county--Honolulu furnishes water for its people, carts away garbage, inspects food and markets, maintains parks, playgrounds, and zoos, and has an extensive system of city street lights.

The government of Honolulu is a "city-and-county." But it is more city than county. Two-thirds of its people are city folk and most of its problems are city problems. Were it not for the fact that its legislature is called a board of supervisors, and its police officer is a sheriff, the government would bear little resemblance to a county organization. The city charter is to be found in chapters 118 to 122 of Revised Laws of 1925. It has never been referred to the people of the city. The general plan of the Honolulu government is known to political scientists as the "weak mayor" type.

Undoubtedly the dominant factor in the conduct of the city's affairs is the board of seven supervisors. Members of this board are elected at large, and by law they are required to have been voters of the city and county for at least two years. Vacancies are filled by appointment of the mayor on confirmation by the board. The supervisors

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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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