Hawaii’s tradition of a strong executive began during the monarchy and has been sustained through the Organic Act as well as the state constitution. It is clear from the records of the 1950, 1968, and 1978 conventions that those who played a major role in shaping the executive branch provisions supported continuation of the longstanding pattern of a strong, centralized executive. In his seminal work on centralization in Hawaii, Norman Meller points to various factors contributing to its acceptance throughout Hawaii’s history, including the Kapu system, giving...
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