With Obligation to All

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The epic story of the post-war transformation of Hawaii comes to life here, in the pages of With Obligation to All. George R. Ariyoshi was the youngest of the young Democrats who rose to power in the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii in 1954. Twenty years later he became the first nonwhite governor of an American state, serving an unequaled 13 years as Hawaii's chief executive. Ariyoshi believed in equality, opportunity, and mutual obligation. In the application of his philosophy, he nurtured a community-building form of government that was a model of fairness and openness. He worked patiently at diminishing the persistent prejudice directed against people of Japanese ancestry in America. To people of all backgrounds, he quietly but steadfastly preached a gospel of self-acceptance--of individuals contributing by being themselves.

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George R. Ariyoshi was the youngest of the young Democrats who took over the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii in 1954. Twenty years later he became the first nonwhite governor of an American state, serving an unequaled 13 years as Hawaii's chief executive. Ariyoshi nurtured a community-building form of government that was a model of fairness and openness to all. He worked patiently at diminishing the persistent prejudice directed against people of Japanese ancestry in America. He helped establish that ethnic minorities not only are to serve as legislators in America but in high executive office as well. To people of all backgrounds, he quietly but steadfastly preached a gospel of self-acceptance - of individuals contributing by being themselves. After the early Statehood period when all things American were idealized in Hawaii, Ariyoshi turned to a searching examination of what makes the Hawaiian Islands special and different. Although a centrist by instinct, he was paradoxically a dreamer and an innovator - capable, if necessary, of advancing the unconventional idea or taking the unpopular stand. He pioneered in environmental and social planning. He struck out into new facets of economic development. He sought constantly to capitalize on the uniqueness of Hawaii, and on the potential of Hawaii as the American Island state in the era of the Pacific.

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