This chapter discusses events leading up to the 1948 elections. It details the revival of the once moribund Democratic Party, which culminated in the stunning defeat of the GOP in the pivotal 1954 elections, and set the political tone for Hawaii for decades to come. Yet the foundation for the ouster from power of the instrument of the elite—the Republican Party—had been laid by the International Longshore and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU) and its allies in the Communist Party, and this trend had begun to appear as early as the elections of 1944. This did not bode well for the “Big Five” corporations that dominated the local economy.
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