Mahele Documents

Claim Number: 00419
Claimant: Kawainui
Other claimant:
Other name:
Island: Maui
District: Hana
Ahupuaa: Wananalua
Ili: Kuakaha
Statistics: 4839 characters 818 words
No. 419, Kawainui
N.R. 145-146v2


Greetings to the Land Commissioners: I hereby petition for my right to my lot which is at Wananalua, and a farm at Niumalu and Wananalua. This is how I got these places: I was a konohiki for Wananalua from Kanemaikou to Kahewahewanui, and I was a konohiki for Kahewahewanui. Afterwards I enclosed a lot for myself. I am a kamaaina of Niumalu and at this time my occupancy is under Ulumahe at Niumalu. No one has hindered me at this place for which I petition. It is at Hana, East Maui.
Witnesses: Kaahaaina, Kaelepulu, Huluhulu
KAWAINUI
Wailuku, 6 February 1847


N.T. 146-148v3
No. 419, Kawainui

Huluhulu, sworn, He is claiming for his place at Wananalua in Hana. I have known this place well, a lot which is at Kuakaha at Wananalua from Kahewahewanui to Kawainui. Kahewahewanui had received it from Kanemaikou. There is a valley on the south side; the road on the west; the beach on the east; Ulunahele's property on the north and this place has been enclosed and completed by Kawainui in the year 1843. I have not seen anyone who has objected. There are several small lots also adjoining tha ....

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.... wanui, (deceased) Kaahaaina, Kaelepulu and Huluhulu. They had previously testified before Richard and Kauwai in Wailuku. Kaahaina is in Koolau Kaelepulu in Kaupo and Huluhulu is in Aleamai, so Kawainui brought Hopu.

Hopu, sworn, he has seen Kawainui's claim in Wananalua here, but does not know who had given it. He had gone to Koolau in 1840, as a stranger and was welcomed by Kekapa. Koenehe begged him and his wife to remain with him and they accepted his offer. Hopu asked for permission to build his house in Kawainui's enclosure and Konede refused saying, "That it is not our land." Then both Kekapa and Hopu asked, "Do we live under you. if we build our houses here?" They were told that they would be subjected to the chiefs. Hopu went to Wahie who was the overseer here at the time for a place in the uplands. Kawainui and Wahi both agreed to Hopu's request, however when Hopu was ready to build his fence, Konede contended that the enclosure would hinder his cattle (raising). Hopu was forced to find another land, he found it, where on he now lives.
COPIED this 24th day of April, 1851.

[Award 419; R.P. 3108; Wananalua Hana; 3 ap. 8.25 Acs]