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Claim Number: 00032*M
Claimant: Butler, Edmund R.
Other claimant:
Other name:
Island: Maui
District: Lahaina
Ahupuaa: Puou
Statistics: 5613 characters 935 words
No. 32*M, Edmund R. Butler, Claimant, Maui
F.R. 43-44v1

To their Excellencys, the Commissioners of Lands &c, for rectifying the claims of property pertaining to established foreign Residents and subjects of his Majesty, King Kamehameha the 3rd, Entitled "an act passed in the reign of his [?] - King Kamehameha III in the year of our Lord 1846 for investigating the right and title of persons resident on the Hawaiian Islands to property.

I, the undersigned, having been a resident in these Islands since the year 1813 beg to draw your attention to the case which is as follows: (Viz) In the month of July 1813 I took passage from China in ship Isabella of Boston (A.P.) W.H. Davis (Commander) and arrived at the Island Owhyhee, when his Majesty Kamehameha the 1st was pleased to grant me a farm, situate in or adjoining to Honolulu (Kapalama) and in consideration of which I presented & paid to his Majesty the sum of one hundred dollars in cash, which transaction, Capt. Wm. Sumner, now resident at Honolulu, was witness to. In the year 1817 his Majesty Kamehameha 1st was pleased to give me the district of land on the Island of Maui, situated between the village of Lahaina, and (now) Lahainaluna, called Puou, a part on which I now live, and a part has been taken from me by influence.

In the latter part of 1829 or in the year 1830- his pr ....

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.... 9;ve heard only that he had given money. I have seen some patch lands in Kapalama which he had acquired. I know that he has money and when he said that he had given money, I believed it to be true. I think that it was Capt. Brown who gave him some money and he Batter [Butler] gave that money for Puowaina at Lahaina.
See page 88

N.T. 88-89v1
No. 32, Edward R. Batter (Butler) (from page 78)

John Kiwini, sworn:
Question: How did Mr Pala get that property?

Answer: Kauikeawali gave Kawaiki which is Kapalama.

Question: When?

Answer: In the year 1832. The land before was for Mr. Pala, but Haalilio and the King said to give it to the new foreigner and Mr. Pala may have Kawaiki. No one objected.

Question: When did Mr. Pala obtain Puou?

Answer: A long time ago. Kamehameha I gave it when he returned from China; that land was minus and acquired by Kekauonohi; two or three years perhaps, later the King gave him more land which is the same to the present time.

Question: Did he get all of Puou?

Answer: No, a portion has been given to Lahainaluna and two sections toward the sea? or [the] remaining?

[Award 32; R.P. 1760 & 1891; Puou Lahaina; 2 ap.; 3.5 Acs; R.P. 8343; Kawaiiki Honolulu, R.P. 4505B; Kawaiiki 2 Honolulu; no R.P.; Kawaiiki 2 Honolulu; R.P. 8343; Kapiwai Pauoa Honolulu; 3 ap.; 5.77 Acs]