TERRITORIES: Ready & Waiting

"We, the people of the State of Hawaii, grateful for Divine Guidance, and mindful of our Hawaiian heritage, reaffirm our belief in government of the people, by the people and for the people, and with an understanding heart toward all peoples of the earth do hereby ordain and establish this constitution . . ."

Flowers were everywhere, even around the delegates' necks. The Royal Hawaiian Band played; a hula girl slithered. At week's end, 61 delegates—haoles (Caucasians), Hawaiians, Chinese-Americans, Japanese-Americans—stepped up to sign Hawaii's new state constitution in Honolulu's Iolani Palace.

Like many U.S. states, Hawaii had anticipated Congress' invitation...

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