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Hawaii's Scenic Roads: Paving the Way for Tourism in the Islands

Dawn E. Duensing


The evolution of Hawaiʻi’s road system from 1840 until 1941 demonstrates how roads were built to promote western economic development, primarily agriculture, and by the 1880s, tourism. Despite tremendous isolation, leaders—dominated by the Caucasian elite—accessed the funding, engineering expertise, and technology to build roads and bridges that rivaled those on the US mainland and also made natural beauty accessible. In 1924 roads were a key component of the Hawaiʻi Bill of Rights. Congress passed this bill, which clarified the Territory of Hawaiʻi’s status as an “integral part of the Union,” ... More

Keywords: scenic roads, tourism, Hawai`i, National Park Service, agriculture, Great Depression, politics, US government, Hawai`i Bill of Rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824839284
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839284.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dawn E. Duensing, author