The Governance of Hawaii: A Study of Territorial Administration

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CHAPTER XIX
AN APPRAISAL

Possibility of statehood. --Will Hawaii ever become a state? This is the one question concerning the political future of the Islands which is most frequently asked. Within and without the territory public men seem to be agreed that for Hawaii statehood is very far distant. Two reasons are advanced. There is fear of Oriental domination if the territory were to have complete state autonomy, and there is general satisfaction with the present arrangement.

Once an inquiry as to the possibility of statehood was addressed to the late Sanford B. Dole, who was one of the leaders of the revolution against the Queen, the only President of the Republic of Hawaii, and the first governor of the territory. His reply was: " Hawaii will not be a state because some day we might have a Japanese governor." The situation could not be put better. Men fear that if Hawaii should become independent of the restraint of federal domination the time would come when citizens of Oriental ancestry, and particularly citizens of Japanese ancestry, would gain numerical supremacy and would push into the background the haoles and the Hawaiians. While Hawaii remains a territory, the federal government can always step in to veto acts of a supposedly hostile electorate. Whether such fears are well grounded calls for consideration of the whole question of race relations in the Islands.

Upon this issue there are two distinct views. The first proceeds from the optimists. To their manner of thought there is no such thing as racial distinctions within Hawaii.

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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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