Mahele Documents

Claim Number: 01045
Claimant: Holmes, George
Other claimant:
Other name:
Island: Oahu
District: Kona
Ahupuaa: Honolulu
Ili: King St.
Statistics: 5100 characters 890 words
No. 1045, George Holmes, Honolulu, November 23, 1847
N.R. 606v2


Greetings to you, William L Lee, the President of the Land Commissioners: I, George Holmes, the undersigned, am a claimant of a house lot in Honolulu. This lot is on the north of the lot of Hannah Holmes, mauka of the road going to Ewa and on the south of the place of Hale Nika /Harry Wallis/ at Palelewa.

The claim to this place was established when it was unused land; Kamehameha I returned to Hawaii and appointed my makuakane to administer when it was unused land; Kamehameha I returned to Hawaii and appointed my makuakane to administer /na mea hihia /legal claims or suits/, and seeing that this place was unused, my makuakane built a house and fenced it completely, and lived there until his death. I am living here at this place in peace, with no objections from anyone.

When you direct me to come, on that day I will come and bring some proper witnesses who know of my true claim to that place.

Therefore, it would be appropriate for you to award quickly to me, in accordance with my peaceful occupation, as stated in the Law. With thanks,
GEORGE HOLMES


F.T. 293v3
Cl. 1045, George Holmes, August 23 [1850]

Kaiwiaoao, sworn, I know this house lot in Honolulu. It is fenced, having 6 houses on it & bounded:

Mauka by land of Isaiah Lewis
Waititi, Mrs Brown's
Makai, the street
Ewa, by land running through to the other street.

Claimant derived from his parents who got it in time of Kamehameha I, who have ever since held it.

Kama, sworn, confirmed the above testimony.< ....

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.... ed son, for everywhere he had gone G. Holmes had gone along, too.

Poomoa, sworn, I have known this place which had been from Kamehameha I to O. Holmes. I have personally seen him during his lifetime. He had lived there until he had died in his house in Honolulu here. When he was nearing death, he had bequeasted thus: "George Holmes, my entire estate shall be yours, you, look out for them." At the time O. Holmes was yet alive, Hana's lot was separated and so were Pale's places, while the remaining land was for G. Holmes and he has been living there since the death of this father and mother to the present time. There was no foreigner there at the time of the bequest, nor have I known any other person had been living there. Mele /Mary/ has been living there peacefully under G. Holmes. She had gone on a trip to a foreign country /Kahiki/, had returned and lives there.

Haui, sworn, This place had been from Kamehameha I to Holmes. When Holmes died, he had bequested his entire estate, this place and lands to G. Holmes and his mother under him. When Holmes was still living, he had separate places for his (G. Holmes) two sisters, Hana and Pale. I have never known what had happened to the other two sisters. I have not seen any girl living there, perhaps she was living under G. Holmes. I do not know.

Opunui, sworn, I am here in Honolulu and I am living on G. Holmes' lot. I have seen Mahi and Halaki has lived with him, while Hana and Pale have their own separate lands. Mere, Halaki and Kini have no place. I have not seen O. Holmes for I am a newcomer.

[Award 1045; R.P. 1106; King St. Honolulu Kona; 1 ap.; .32 Ac.]