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No. 653, Kaahanui, Lahaina, Maui, July 28, 1847
Greetings to you, Richards, and your associate Land Commissioners: Here is my petition to you, the land commissioners: My lands are being taken from me little by little, almost all are taken except for my ancient interest which remains in the land.
Here is how the interest was established: /From; Kamehamehanui, the Ali`i to my makuakane, Kaolohaka /sic. Translator's note: I think he meant to say kupunakane, grandfather/, the l ....
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.... ave lived here from long ago, and so also I have lived as tenant under the landlords. By my occupancy is almost ended, as tenant. Therefore, I am petitioning because of my ancient interest here. Because of this trouble I want to tell you of my dispossession from this ancient right, which was from the grandparents and the parents to myself, and I am telling you of the rightness of my claim.
Farewell to you all, I am, with thanks,
See page 284 [Award 593]
[No. 653 not awarded; See 5776 and 593]