The Company, also called the Hawaiian Syndicate, is the name given to an organized crime syndicate based in Hawaii that controlled criminal activities in the state from the late 1960s to the mid 1990s. Through the 1960s organized crime in Hawaii was controlled primarily by local Asian criminal organizations, mainly Chinese Triads, Japanese Yakuza, Korean Kkangpae and Samoan criminal outfits. The first change came when a local Korean named George Chung formed his own criminal organization in 1962 , recruiting among local Koreans, Japanese, Chinese, Samoans, and Native Hawaiians. The smaller ethnic gangs all vied for control of organized crime, leading to disorganized clashes, so over time Chung was able to create an environment where every gang could do business. In July 1967 Chung was shot to death in a Honolulu gambling den. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Company_(Hawaiian_organized_crime) The Hawaiian Islands have a total land area of 6,423.4 square miles Population 1,450,000 (2015) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaiian_Islands The population density is 222.9 people per square mile. This ranks it 13th in the US in population. http://worldpopulationreview.com/states/hawaii-population/ With an 'organized crime' syndicate which rules Hawaii with it's limited land area and contained human population, it is easy to see how even the Law enforcement and Government Officials would/could be under their 'sway'.