Mahele Documents

Claim Number: 00539
Claimant: Thornton, Charles
Other claimant:
Other name:
Island: Hawaii
District: Kona, South
Ahupuaa: Honaunau
Ili: Kukuihaaiki, Kukuihauuuku
Statistics: 4326 characters 726 words
Claim 539, Charles Thornton, Honaunau, March 8, 1847
F.R. 25-26v2

To the Honorable Board of Commissioners, &c.
Gentlemen, Pursuant to the notice published in the Polynesian, I herewith send you my claim to the land, known as Kukui hau uuku, situated in the village of Honaunau, in the district of Kona, on the Island of Hawaii. The land was given me by Governor Adams, Kuakini, in April 1836 for work done by me as a mason on the church at Kailua. I was the only person out of four who took a land for my services, the other foreigners were paid off in money and goods, &c. As I had a family of 3 children I preferred a land to anything else, as I could leave it to them when I should be gone from them, having received it for my services to be my own thoroughly and my childrens' after. Said piece of land was in a wild state when given to me & I have been at considerable expense in bringing it to present state of cultivation. I have held it in undisturbed possession for eleven years. Said land is small & cuts off at Kealaihu, & the ....

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.... kupono* for Honaunau. I have known this property very well for it was given by Kuakini. No one has denied C. Thornton to the present time and I have not heard that he has offered any tax for this property. Thornton has said himself he had received this land as compensation for his work on the Mokuaikana chapel and that he had paid the tax on that land. No one has objected to him."

/*Ili Kupono - a portion of land the ownership of which was fixed; any transfer of land to a new chief did not carry with it the transfer of any Ili kupono contained within its limits./

N.T. 580v8
No. 539, Charles Thornton

Kainapau and J. Pelham, sworn, they have seen 1 section, Kukuihaaiki, ili in Honaunau ahupuaa with 27 9/100 acres in it. Metcalf had done a thorough survey. Land from J.A. Kuakini for claimant's work on the Mokuaikana chapel in Kailua. No one had objected.

Boundaries are:
Mauka by konohiki
Ka`u by Kukuihaanui
Kona by Ulule
Makai by Konohiki.

[Award 539; R.P. 3547; Honaunau Kona; 1 ap.; 27.9 Acs]