The Governance of Hawaii: A Study of Territorial Administration

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notoriously inefficient. We have seen that in the Hawaiian Islands there is a peculiar relationship between the Hawaiians, the Portuguese, and others who compose the majority of the electorate, on the one hand, and the big sugar interests which pay the majority of taxes, on the other. The voters feel that the government, even if excessively extravagant, is only wasting the money of the big sugar firms. When a county officer runs for re-election after it has been proved that money disappeared from his office, as has frequently been the case, the argument is made thus: "If he can steal any of the sugar money, good. We wish we could, too." And so he is sent back to office.

Recent tendencies, however, point to a re-awakening of the political conscience of the voters. After a disastrous year in Honolulu, when the entire government was tied up through the shortsighted selfishness of conflicting elements of the administration, in the 1926 election the electorate rose up en masse and drove all of the moneychangers out of the temple. The same thing, on a smaller scale, occurred in Hawaii the year before. During the troubles of Honolulu in 1925 there was frequent suggestion that all county government should be abolished and the territory should go back to the centralized administration of the days prior to 1905. This is seriously talked of from time to time, but probably it will never be done. The voters have lots of fun running the county governments, and that activity is a healthy exercise. Efficient or not, county and city government is there to stay.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

The only available references on this chapter are legal ones. The law governing the counties is to be found in Revised Laws of Hawaii, 1925, § § 1575-1716.

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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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