-The Act of 1862, the Legislature created the Boundary Commission and only authorized determination of boundaries of ahupuaas, and ilis.
-The Act of 1868, Section 4. The legislature renewed and provided further instructions for "all owners of Ahupuaa and Ilis of land within this Kingdom, whose lands have not been awarded by the Land Commissioners, patented or conveyed by deed from His Majesty, the King, by boundaries decided in such award, patent, or deed are hereby required &c." The Commissioner’s duty was, to facilitate the settlement of boundaries, and to decide the boundaries and certify them.
-The Act of 1874 chapter 5, gave the Commissioners power to settle boundaries of portions of ahupua‘a
-The laws of 1888, Chapter 40 did not mention portions of ahupua`a, therefore people could not settle them until the act was renewed.
-The Act of 1892, renews the original Act of 1862 (compiled Laws page 533, section 2) so the Commissioners can continue to determine the boundaries of Portions of Ahupua‘a and ‘Ili.
-1915, Chapter 31, revised Laws of Hawaii 1915. Section 353, renewed the Commissioner’s duty to continue to accept boundary applications.
-In 1925, Chapter 42 of the Revised Laws of Hawaii, Section 558 specifies that "A boundary commissioner shall in no case alter any boundary described by survey in any patent or deed from the king or government, or in any land commission award.” The right to apply for certification of boundaries is conferred only upon owners of the land, and proof of such ownership is indispensable.
Appeals to the decision of the Boundary Commission could be and were filed. If an appeal were made to the Commissioner’s finding, the case would then be heard in the Supreme Court where the Boundary Commissioner’s decision was accepted or thrown out. For instance, at Waikapu a difficulty arose causing a hearing and production of evidence. The Ukumehame line was contested from the last point of Alexander's survey which started at the land of Olowalu to the sea. Surveyor Alexander’s courses were not reproducible and owners contested and wanted the line definitively given.