My View of the Road
Transportation is a somewhat neglected field in Hawaiʻi’s history, despite the islands’ dependence on it. Roads—perhaps the most democratic form of transit and an everyday part of our lives—played a significant, albeit silent, role in our history. This book examines approximately a century of road history, illustrating how the mostly Caucasian elite concentrated on road projects, especially scenic byways, to westernize and economically develop Hawaiʻi. More than just technology and construction details, the story of roads reflects the various threads that weave together Hawaiʻi’s social, political, economic, leisure, and environmental history. It touches upon several well-documented topics in Hawai`I’s history, while highlighting some of the lesser-known themes, including tourism, the Great Depression, and technology. As well as an overview of road history in Hawai`i, the book examines the Hawai`i Bill of Rights and four case studies that focus on the progression of road administration, issues, and technology.
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