Mahele Documents

Claim Number: 00626
Claimant: Reynolds, Stephen
Other claimant:
Other name: Lanai
Island: Oahu
District: Kona
Ahupuaa: Honolulu
Ili: Hotel & Merchant Sts, Merchant St.
Statistics: 29176 characters 5170 words
[No. 626, Stephen Reynolds]
F.R. 91v2

[DIAGRAM] [See text in No. 619]

F.T. 95-96v2
No. 626, Stephen Reynolds, continued from page 85

George Wood, sworn, [18 December?]

I came here [in 18]25. I recollect Mr. Reeves' blacksmith shop then stood on the sea side. I always understood Knight & Manini got the place from Boki as people reported. I knew Knight & Manini built a bowling alley and other houses. I recollect the small wood house on the sea side and [pig pen?] on north side of the cook house. I now the Hotel and premises having been sold by auction in 1832. (Mr. Reynolds added- the undivided half to settle Mr. Manini's estate) by the Executors: i bid them off and gave them up to Mr. Reynolds. The purchase money was something more than 1100$. The sleeping house stood where the market house now stands. I know of no other occupant of the premises till Mr. Punchard took the plae. The market house was built in 1845.

(Note: copy of a protest was offered in evidence made before John Ricord. Notary Public, against Kekuanaoa, dated 12 August 1845 and witnessed [?]. Copy by Mr. Ricord on 13th August 1845 for which see page 110.

Resumed page 100

F.T. 100-103v2
Claim 626, Stephen Reynolds, continued from page 89. December 20 [1846]

John Meek, sworn, I have been acquainted with these premises ever since Knight and Manini owned them, and have been led by business nearly every day to frequent the wharf from that time; with the exception of different intervals of absence. I attended to the construction of the wharf of Ladd & Co. which is about 60 ft. apart from that of Mr. Reynolds. His wharf was built by Knight and Manini first; has been repaired several times, and afterwards rebuilt by Mr. Reynolds. The house of Punchard now stands on the boundary line of Mr. Reynolds' land. Nuuanu Street has been open ever since 1809. Punchard's store is where the old fence was. The line from that to the water has never been defined. The only fence that stood was where Punchard's store now stands; between that and the sea was open ground and on Nuuanu Street.

From Punchard's store up to Merchant Street Mr. Reynolds' premises are bounded by Nuuanu Street. On Ewa side I do not know who the land belonged to where the cook house is built, but to the westward of it, it never belonged to anyone but the Government. I remember Mr. Ladd had some posts up for a building where the Pilot's office now stands and Kekuanaoa soon came and pulled it down. This was several years previous to 1840. The hog pen north of the cook house was made of sticks and I think stood there as long as the hotel. It might have been two fathoms long and I think its length was from the sea. I do not think I was there when the old fence was made. I never heard of Mr. Reynolds or any other person claiming that land north of the cook house before the present office was moved there.

The piece called Captain Meek's slip was [?put] up by Ladd and Co. I laid the string piece. Mr. Reynolds never occupied north of the cook house that I know of, and made no objection at the time when the wharf was built as Ladd & Company.

The fence Southeasterly extended to where the market now stands. The house belonging to the Hotel stood outside the fence; it was 18 or 20 ft. long by 13 or 15 wide.

There was a large beam which lay on the beach which constituted the Waititi boundary of Mr. Reynolds' sea line - up to which the canoes came. The tide came within 5 or 6 ft of the native houses then standing near it.

(Cross-examined by Mr. Reynolds). I know the governor pulled the house down by the people who did it, who I heard were sent by the governor. I know Knight and Manini never had any right in the land north of the cookhouse because they never used it or claimed it.

A stick fence bounded the Hotel premises on both sides Nuuanu and Waititi. That makai of Punchards was the boundary there. The thoroughfare between that and the wharf was always a public road.

I do not know whether the land on which the cookhouse stood, and the wharf were a part & parcel of the Oahu Hotel premises or not. I know they were used by them.

William Ladd, sworn, I think it was in 1838 I built the company's wharf. At the time we took possession of our place, the water came within about 20 ft. of our makai fence. The slip was built at various times. I have possessed the store premises since 1833 and have never been disturbed. Mr. Reynolds claims from the corner of Ladd & Co's premises to Nuuanu St. in a line to the water, just to the north of the cookhouse.

Kekuanaoa, sworn, S. Reynolds boundary is in a line with the cookhouse; it runs from Ewa heads of the cookhouse to the Ewa heads of the wharf. I claim for the Government mauka of the cookhouse, Meek's slip as given on the chart belongs to the Government. Meek asked my permission to lay down the timber and construct it; and I gave it him. Mr. Ladd built out there and I told him he had no right. He commenced just mauka where the pilot's office stands, a foundation of stones. I enquired whose house is this? He said his own. I said take it away, and I ordered away two other long sheds which he after built and removed them. This was just mauka of where the pilot's office stands, and after the wood for wharf was built in 1838; or it might be in 1841 when the market was altered. Mr. Ladd admitted the correctness of my decision, and that was the reason of their not building again. Their line does not extend in that direction straight down to the sea.

There was a temporary hog pen put up as they put up cattle pens. I never considered it any thing besides what might be put up or taken down as the case might be. I never knew Mr. Reynolds claimed anything beyond the cookhouse. The land between Punchard's store and the cookhouse is not within the claim. George Marini jumped out of his fence and built the cookhouse, and the wharf, his fence was where Punchard's store now stands, and all between that and the cookhouse was open, as was all to the sea of the makai fence. The long timber was the boundary of the Waititi side, and the mauka corner of the cookhouse was the boundary of that part. I filled up on the Waititi side of the timber.

Resumed below.

F.T. 103-107v2
Claim 626, S. Reynolds, continued from above, December 24 [1847]

Mr. Reynolds offered in evidence a deed from William S. Hinckley to P.A. Brinsmade, William Ladd & William Hooper dated, 4 March 1835 to show that their wharf lot and his own unite together.

P.A. Brinsmade, sworn, when I came here in July 1833 there was an enclosure to the north of the cookhouse between that and the land we after obtained, and it was used by Mr. Reynolds at that time for turkeys, pigs, &c. When that was removed he used the ground for some time in piling spars, firewood &c. I know nothing more than that I always considered him the owner of that land and respected his rights there as our neighbour. In 1840 that ground was used by the U.S. Exploring expedition with his consent. Some of his timber lying there the whole time till I left in December 1841.

I remember the old Government stone store house and a [sic] many small native buildings between that and the sea which have been removed. That land was used as a market place from that time till 1841.

Mr. Judd, offered in evidence three documents (see page 110[?]) to shew the views of Ladd & Co. in 1841 of Mr. Brinsmade's boundary. Mr. Brinsmade admitted these documents to be genuine as signed by Ladd & Co. but he did not recognize them, nor had he any recollection of them. These letters were adduced to shew that they then considered the land on which the pilot's office now stands to be government property. See page 111.

William French, sworn, I came here in 1819. The hotel premises were not then commenced. I think they were enclosed and built on in 1825. I boarded there for a long time when Knight and Manini occupied them. I presume the stick fence was put up by them, but the wharf was never enclosed. The Nuuanu stone wall boundary was built when I was absent at China. I purchased the Sandalwood house from Boki. There was a house belonging to Hoaai on the land makai of that house which I purchased from the sister of Kaahumanu (Piia) for 200$. This land now stands as part of the market grounds. Then some native small houses also were there. She refused to interfere in the sale of the sandalwood house, which I bought of Boki for 300$ after the other purchase for 200$ which when I sent to Piia, she returned to me and reversed the bargain, because it was a smaller sum than the other. I know that Hoaai continued there with his dependents a long time.

(Mr. Reynolds here stated that he had withdrawn his claim to Piia's land and that he only put it in, in answer to Mr. Mudd's challenge at the time of the British Commission).

I think I could point out the boundaries on Mr. Janion's side if I were on the spot. The tide came close up [to?] high water mark to the piece I bought of Piia in 1828 and does so to this time. Occasionally Mr. Reynolds, I think, partly filled up the part in front. I think I could point out the sea boudnary. I only know there was a wharf built belonging to the Hotel premises, but I do not know on what grounds [or] under what circu ....

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.... al at Honolulu, Oahu, this 14th March 1835.
Signed William S. Hinckley (seal)
Witness, Charles R. Smith

I have examined and compared the within and above written copy of an instrument with the original of which it purports to be a copy and hereby attest it to be a true & faithful copy.
Signed, P.A. Brinsmade, United States Consul.

Ke ae aku nei maua i keia hoolilo aina.
Signed Kamehameha III, Kekauluohi

F.T. 115-117v2
Relating to Claim 626

Know all men by these presents that I, William French, as surviving partner of the late firm of French & Co., at present residing at Oahu, one of the Sandwich Islands, for and in consideration of the sum of 500 dollars to me in hand at the signed of these presents paid by Stephen Reynolds of United States of America now residing at Oahu, the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, have bargained, sold, and delivered by & with the consent of the Government of the Sandwich Islands and by these presents do bargain, sell and deliver unto said Stephen Reynolds all that piece of ground with the house erected thereon situated in the village of Honolulu, Island of Oahu and bounded:

on the Northeast by a road 30 ft.
On the Southwest by natives houses 30 ft.
on the southeast by native grounds 96 ft. and
on Northwest by Oahu Hotel 96 ft.

The said William French in manner aforesaid and for his heirs, executors, administrators & assigns do by these presents relinquish all claims to the said premises unto Stephen Reynolds, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto affixed my hand and seal at Honolulu, Island of Oahu, this 1st October 1838
William French
Witnesses: John Meek & G. Rhodes

Doc[?] Estate of Amos Knight in account with Stephen Reynolds, Surviving Executor

[two columns in original]
To 1833, To paid doctor's bills, funeral charges, fence & new grass houses, digging well, clothing for George M. Knight & his mother &c &c from July 9, 1830 to November 30 1833548.92

Passage for George M. Knight, son of Amos Knight from Oahu to United States in November 1833 - 70.

2 bills of exchange remitted in November 1833 for 125 each. - 250.

To bill of Exchange dated February 8, 1839 signed by Ladd & Co. at 30 days, sent to S.S. Reynolds to be delivered to the Guardian for George M. Knight - 2150.63
[total] 3019.55

1833, By amount received by Brig Griffin from Canton for tortoise shell shipped October 1830 - 566.45

due from settlement of Knight & Marini's partnership - 503.86

1838, Hotel establishment collected from March to September - 253.73

Sale of half of Hotel places, September 1838 belonging to said estate 1500
By exchange 195.51
[total] 3019.55

Charlestown, August 26, 1839
I, the undersigned Guardian of George Marini Knight, who is the son and sole heir of the late Amos Knight, hereby acknowledge that I have settled the above account with the said Stephen Reynolds, surviving executor of said estate, that I have received from him the several bills of exchange above charged, and also that I have collected the same of these respective draws in cash. And I hereby discharge the said Reynolds from all liability & responsibility of every name, kind, & nature, to the said estate and to my said ward, George M. Knight, its sole heir, unless further assets should hereafter come into his hands.
William Knight, Guardian of George Marini Knight
Witness. J.P. Healy

N.T. 436-441v2
No. 626, Lanai (S. Reynolds), Honolulu, Oahu December 24, 1847

Lanai has brought a land transfer document from William Hinkle transferring that land to him which he is demanding.

Barinamada (Brinsmade:), sworn by the Word of God and stated, "I had come to this archipelago in the year 1833. There was a small lot at that time on the north side of the kitchen. That place had been for Lanai and the hogs' sty was there. When the wall was broken down, Lanai stored the wood and timber of the ship there and we had thought the place was for Lanai and in the year 1840 that place probably had extended into the lots which had been built for Kapena Wipa (Captain Wilkes). This was of course with Lanai's approval.
I believe Lanai had the short timber [page 438] there until I had gone there in the year 1841.

G. P. Judd had brought some documents as a witness for the south side of Ladd's (property) and it is noted below here.

Mr. French, sworn by the Word of God and stated ' "I had arrived on this land in the year 1819 and in the year 1825 or 6 perhaps, the hotel was built and a fence surrounded it and I lived there sometime. The place was for Naiki (Knight) and Manini at that time. They had erected a wooden fence there separating the wharf and the lot, but I do not recall when the stonewall had been built because I was in a foreign country then.

I had a sale with Poki for a part of the sandalwood storage house and makai of that house is the house of Hoaai and toward the ocean of that sandalwood house is the place 1 had bought for $200.00 and I had asked for the place toward the mountain of the sandalwood house and Piia told me the place was for Poki. I had a talk with Poki about buying that place for $300 and Poki had agreed. When Piia had heard this, he returned his two hundred dollars and demanded $300 as the price of his place. Therefore, the first selling price was nought but Hoaai has continued to live there with some other people until very recently. If I were to go there, I believe I can perhaps point out the place I had bought from Piia; however, it is not very clear because there have been many searchings and at the time of the high sea swelling, it had been just about impossible to go there. There was not enough space between the beach and the sea. I believe that place was 20 or probably 25 ft. wide from the pier to makai and in the year 1830, 1 had offered Manini the pier and the lot for $3000.00 but they refused; then I had wondered about leasing the --same. I think half of the width of the hotel was the width of the pier. It was customary to leave wood here and there and I had been one of them who has left wood there."

Jonah Piikoi, sworn by the Word of God and stated, "I have seen the boundary on the Waikiki side of Lanai's wharf. There is the boundary on the Ewa side of the house lying toward the mountain on the Waikiki side of the market. Kekuanaoa had that place with soil. Half of the market is standing there and seaward to the big timber lying on the way to the wharf. Kekuanaoa and I had filled that place with soil.

Komo had worked on that place to the cape which is sticking out assuming that place was for the government; later it was decreased and that huge and long log lying on the Waikiki side of Lanai's wharf was the boundary on Waikiki in ancient times. It was in the year 1826 that log was laid there and Kekuanaoa and I had filled the space between in the year 1846."

M. Kekuanaoa, sworn by the Word of God and stated, "The boundary on the Waikiki side is Lanai's pier to the large lumber lying to the pier, but formerly a nini (sic) rock had been the boundary leading seaward to the cooking house and to the sea.

I feel that Lanai has no interest where I had filled on the Waikiki side of that property. I had filled where the market now stands and had built a house. Later after this, Piikoi had said that he would work on that place and I had con-sented to what he had said he would do."

Keloha, sworn by the Word of God and stated, "I had lived by the market for 17 years under Hoaai and Hoaai under Keeumoku and under Piia. Upon his death living was under Kinau and under Kekuanaoa at this time. Kekuanaoa had built the market for he is Kinau's heir. I have seen the boundary of Hoaai's place, and I have $en the house built and part of Lanai's place did not extend into the market place, not in the least. We had filled the foundation of the market place believing it would be livable for someone. The boundary of Lanai's wharf on the Waikiki side is the huge timber there. Lanai has no right on the Waikiki side of that huge timber lying to the pier. The boundary of the lot of the market is toward the mountain of the market. The old stone wall is there just toward the mountain of the market, but the market is away from here. There is a street seaward of the boundary of the hotel. The small houses were ours originally where the market now stands. Lanai had no house there and I can point out where the hotel had stood. 'I have seen a little house where the house now sits toward the mountain of the market, named Kikila.

I have seen the ditch lying from the well to the wharf, yet inside of our place with our permission, water had flowed until it had ceased to flow, but that place was not possessed by Manini. The corrugated edge of an old stone wall in the ground on the Waikiki side had been the boundary for the hotel before and the stone wall that is sitting there had been Naihekukui's boundary."

[Award 626; R.P. 1769; Hotel & Merchant Sts Honolulu Kona; 1 ap.; .24 Ac.; Merchant St. Honolulu Kona; 1 ap.; .05 Ac.; See Award 619 for Foreign Register and Foreign Testimony documents]