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Bayonets in ParadiseMartial Law in Hawai'i during World War II$
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Harry N. Scheiber and Jane L. Scheiber

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824852887

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824852887.001.0001

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Rising Protests

Rising Protests

(p.287) Chapter Fifteen Rising Protests
Bayonets in Paradise

Harry N. Scheiber

Jane L. Scheiber

University of Hawai'i Press

There was rising criticism in 1944 of martial law’s continuation for so long after any threat of renewed attack on Hawai`i had greatly diminished. Governor Stainback and the Interior and Justice Departments continued their pressures on the War Department; the Hawai`i Bar Association adopted a resolution calling for termination of the Army regime. Hawai`’s congressional delegate Joseph Farrington and other leaders were now worried (not without warrant) that the Army leaders were planning to use martial law as a lever for displacing civilian control on a long-term basis when the war had ended. Still, General Richardson and his Executive, General Robert Morrison, backed by the plantation owners and other elite business figures, continued to insist that provost courts and stringent military control over the labor force were essential to security. Until July 1944, Richardson also resisted giving up the title “Military Governor,” which was abhorrent to the civilian officials.

Keywords:   restoration, civilian rule, military necessity, Robert Morrison, martial law

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