The political campaign for the vacated governorship of Hawaii brought Hawaii into the Second Great Depression with destroyed political careers, jailed politicians, and gutted political parties. The last man standing on Election Day was actually a woman. Mahana La’anui had first gained prominence by winning the Miss Hawaii competition, led numerous Hawaiian cultural remembrance organizations afterwards, and was a real life princess. Her family was one of the few that still traced its lineage back to the last Queen of Hawaii. She was attractive, an excellent public speaker, a proud proponent of Hawaii’s cultural history, and the last real option the voters had short of trying to start an entire new election campaign. No one had the stomach for that and she won with a landslide vote and an easy smile that disarmed every single one of her surviving political opponents. They would learn to regret that in the decades that followed.