This study of Hawaii's territorial period relies primarily on archival materials. It stresses the territory's importance to West Coast defence and the island's unique sugar and pineapple economy dependence upon support by the federal government. It also examines how local problems such as land ownership and racial diversity, often created bitter dissension.
Road to annexation; transition from annexation to territory; creating Hawaii's territorial government; the territorial governor; politics - the territorial legislature and delegates; problems confronting the first Republican governors; Hawaiians fight for their land; king sugar; Hawaii's pluralistic society; the first Democratic coming; World War I comes to Hawaii; building the Pacific defence bastion; the 1920s - a Republican decade; land and the Hawaiian rehabilitation bill; internal improvements and health; the Ala Moana and Massie cases; territorial judges; concerns about the Japanese in Hawaii; the second Democratic coming; the New Deal in Hawaii; Hawaii and World War II; labour seeks its place; the last Republican governors; Hawaii confronts the Communism issue; the search for statehood. Appendices: governors of Hawaii; secretaries of the territory of Hawaii; territorial delegates; United States District Court judges; Territory of Hawaii Supreme Court Justices; Territory of Hawaii Circuit judges.