Mahele Documents

Claim Number: 00463
Claimant: Kuihelani
Other claimant:Enosa Kahakumakaliua, foster child
Other name:
Island: Hawaii
District: Hilo
Ahupuaa: Punahoa
Statistics: 13320 characters 2339 words
No. 463, Kuihelani
N.R. 183v2

Letter stating the claim to the land of Punahoa at Hilo, Island of Hawaii.
This is how Enosa /Enoch/ got the right to this land - he was the heir of Kawailepolepo. These were the King's lands which he gave to Kawailepolepo; Poki got it from Kawailepolepo, Keaholawaia, the kane of Piopio, got it from Poki. That was the time the king sailed with Poki to Hilo - when the people gave their lands to the King. The place at which the land of the various subjects of the King was given to him, was Kanokapa.

This was what Poki said to Kawailepolepo - that Kawailepolepo was over Keaholawaia because 'our friend lives here in Hilo.' From this time until his death, Kawailepolepo had this land and it was inherited by his keiki /Enosa/.

When the Legislature of Nobles met at Lahaina for the counting of the lands. Enosa inherited these lands, so I heard.

Here is Enosa's message to me by letter, for me to tell you, the Land Commissioners, concerning the taking of Punahoa by Kaeo. It is for you to remedy with Kaeo, therefore this letter telling you of what action Kaeo has taken, of his own wishes. The witness of the action at Lahaina on the land, is John Ii and the konohiki of the ali`i.
H. KUIHELANI, Foster Parent of Enosa
13 February 1847

The witnesses are the people who went with the King to Hilo in the year 1828.

N.R. 174v2
No. 453, Kuihelani

Letter telling of the basis of right in the taro patch and the basis of right in various lihis and `ilis of Wailuku.

There are 93 taro patches at Keahupio and also an unirrigated kula. The description is as follows: on the north a small stream, on the east the highway, on the south the edge of the cliff and the kula of Puako, on the west the auwai. Those are the boundaries and that place is our taro patch kuleana from my parents from long ago. Kaiakahi remained and upon his death I inherited it. Eleven taro patches at Puhiawawa and also a small kula there, this was from Kailihiwa. Seven taro patches at Mokuhau, 20 taro patches at Ahuana, 2 at Halaula, 2 at another Halaula, 1 taro patch at Kumuwiliwili, 70 at Peepee. This place is mine from Mahune. I asked him and he gave me that place. No one has hindered me until today.

F.T. 226-228v2
Claim 463, Kuihelani, Counter 12, Kaeo, March 6 [1848], See page 240, volume 10 Native Testimony for Certificate of Division

Kuapanio, sworn, I know this land called Punahoa II situated at Hilo, Hawaii.

Mauka by Waiakea
Hilo by Punahoa I
Makai by the sea of Waiakea
Puna side by Puna, Hawaii.
It is an ahupuaa.

Boki gave me this land in 1828 when he went to Hilo to divide among the people and I was ordered to give this place in dispute to Kawailepolepo and the King heard the order. I gave [it] to him from the King through Boki. He taking this gift into possession, Boki asked him for it, and he gave it to him, and Boki then said to him, "You are the Chief over this land and Keahoawaia is to be under you as a resident on this land, in whose hands this land has since been I know not.

Namauu, sworn, I was present and all that has been said by Kuapanio I know to be true. About 4 years after this Kawailepolepo proposed to leave Oahu, where he was living with the King, and go to Wailuku. He said to me, I am going to Wailuku to live now. I have head that some are begging Punahoa II, my land at Hilo from the King, and let it be remembered that it is my land, and no ones besides [mine]. When Keaholawaiea, who was living under him on the land died, he gave it into the possession of Piopio, his wife, and soon on account of her mischievous conduct and disobedience to Government, she had it taken from her, by Keoho, a luna, who proposed to the King to keep this land for himself. Hearing this I reminded the King of Kawailepolepo, and he then said, "You cannot have this land because it will belong to Kawailepolepo and his heir, Enoch." Piopio still remained ont he land, and misbehaving herself again, Mahune, a luna hana, removed her, and she came to me to inform me of it. This was in 1841.

I went and informed the King. He said, "What, has the land been taken from Piopio a second time?" I sai ....

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.... st side. Bailey and I had surveyed that place and found 64 acres and it was divided thus, 1/3 (of land) besides 70 patches were for Kuihelani and of our 2/3 (of land), 1/3 of it is with me and 1/3 has been returned to the government because theperson who had owned the land is dead.

Kailihiwa, sworn by the Word of God, I am the one who have given Puhiawawa for farming to those people and they still have it at this time. No one has objected to them.

N.T. 553-555v2
No. 463!, Kuihelani, Honolulu, March 6, 1848
[should be 453]

Kekupaio, sworn and stated, "I have seen this property. It is at Hilo on Hawaii named Punahoa. Following are the boundaries:

Punahoa 1 is on the Hilo cliffs side
Waiakea, toward the mountain
Pohahawai I, Hilo sands side and
Waiakea, toward the sea.

Poki had given me the lands in the year 1828 for distribution to all the people.

By this action of the chief, I had given Punahoa to Kawailepolepo and after he [she] had received it, Poki had asked Kawailepolepo to return that property, which he [she] did. Poki then placed Kahalawaia on the land with the provision that Kawailepolepo be over him.

Namauu, sworn and stated, "What I have known initially about Kawailepolepos land is similar to what Kekuapanio has just related here. Later about 4 years perhaps, while he was living her, he wanted to live with Auwae on Maui so he had instructed me before departing for Wailuku saying, 'I am going to Maui, you be aware that the land of our child might be requested of the chief, and should this happen, you must deny (them) our land.'

Keaholawaia died and the land was possessed by Piopio and she lived on the land under Kawailepolepo.

When the land officer asked all of Hawaii to carry pebbles, the people did not carry out this request so the land official, Keoki, took this property away, then reported why the land had been taken away. Then I asked the chief to retain our property and he consented. In the year 1841 this property was again taken out by Mahune because the men did not help Piopio with the lumber for the corrugated house. Later Mahune reported to the chief on the separation of the land and upon hearing of this, Piopio told me about it. So I went to the chief and told him that Mahune had taken the land away. The chief returned the land to Enoka, the son of Kawailepolepo, and Piopio has lived under him to his death and the land has been disposed without any legitimate reason."

Z. Kaauwai, sworn and stated, "What I had first known about this land is just as Namauu has related here. It was in the year 1840 I had heard Piopio saying to Kaaimalalo, thus: 'The land of our (with Kawailepolepo) child has been separated.' I had not heard that Namauu had requested of the King to have that property returned to Enoka. Piopio had died in the year 1845 and at that time Kaaimalalo asked me to write a will. They bequested their own lands to Kaeo and the names of the lands were included in the will. Haehae's lands were also mentioned in the bequest for Kaeo, forhe (Haehae) is Kaaimalalos husband. Kaaimalalo further related about the lands of the cousins and at this time the wife, Kaunahi by name, had come to ask for Punahoa and Kaaimalalo said, 'That land is for the child of Kawailepolepo.' I have heard twice that property is for Kawailepolepo and I have also heard this from Piopio. This is my testimony."

See page 246, volume 3

N.T. 246v3
No. 453, Kuihelani

Office of the Minister of Interior, September 6, 1848

See Kuihelani's protest for the ahupuaa of Punahoa in Hilo, page 553, volume II. [N.T.]

N.T. 240v10
No. 463, Kuihelani (for E. Kahakumakalina)

E. Kahakumakalina's land in the Registry of Maheles.
Punahoa ahupuaa, Hilo, Hawaii

True Copy
A.G. Thruston, Clerk, Interior Department
22 June 1853

See page 372 [not yet located]

[Award 463; R.P. 2176, R.P. 2665, Punahoa Hilo; 1 ap.; .32 Acs; R.P. 2176; Punahoa Hilo; 1 ap.; 2.53 Acs; R.P. 5706, Punahoa Hilo; R.P. 2665 and 2176 Kuihelani for E. Kahakumakalina; R.P. 5707; Punahoa 1 Hilo; 1 ap.; 846 Acs (Maui); R.P. 1997; Puhiawaawa Puako Wailuku; 4 ap.; 18.43 Acs]