Mahele Documents

Claim Number: 00063
Claimant: Namauu, Nueku
Other claimant:
Other name:
Island: Oahu
District: Kona
Ahupuaa: Honolulu
Ili: Honuakaha
Statistics: 11452 characters 1978 words
No. 63, Namuu, claimant
F.R. 73v1

1 document entered in Native Register, page 73

N.R. 73-75v1
No. 63, Namauu
To the Land Commissioners, Greetings: William Richards, may God Protect You:

Here is the basis of my claim at this place: it was from my kaikua-hine /Kalupena/ and kaiko`eke, when they arrived from Hawaii. Manuia, keiki of Kapouhiwa, kane of Naahu, was the one from whom they got this right which is petitioned for to you - this kane of my kaikuahine. Therefore, we all have one basis of claim at this place. They did not get their right from someone else, and my right is the same.

John Ii lived here formerly and my kaikuahine came, with her kane, Manuia; we all lived there together. John Ii saw the difficulties and went to Kula /referring to the Honolulu Plain/, where he is until today, and this place became absolutely ours. Because they often went with the King, Manuia fetched Kapouhiwa to return and live at that place and care for the belongings of the King, and when the King went they travelled with him. On their return they saw the difficulties if we all lived together at this place. Therefore Manuia told me to make a lot for us in another place, close to this place. I completely fenced a place and we lived there, and the first lot was occupied by Naahu (wahine) and Kapouhiwa; afterwards they returned to the hill of Puowaina, and Keaweluaole was the one who lived there with I, his wahine. That is it.

This separation of ourselves from the place where they were living was not thought important; the only important thing was the canoe landing, where the canoes could be launched in the sea. From thence, this place was situated separately from our canoes, until the time when the Oahu walls were broken for the Road. Our wall was damaged by the road construction on the part of the road situated between ourselves and them. Ithought that this place was ours, as the Road Overseer said that a separate place adjoining the damaged wall would be for that person /whose wall had been damaged/. This was "balm for the wound." therefore I took that place for myself. Keaweluaole begrudged it and we argued and he said he would shut off our canoe landing so ire would be deprived of it /unless/ I gave up this place I had taken for myself. Therefore, I gave up this place of mine to him, and the canoe landing was situated as formerly, one half for him and one half for me. We. Keaweluaole and I, agreed with good will, therefore I am the one with the right to that place which they are taking for themselves only.

I went away and when I returned, Keaweluaole had died, the house was standing
In the place on which we had agreed, and the canoe landing was absolutely separated with no obstruction to it. I waited for the peopl ....

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.... ing to Namauu (Namauu stated that 7 houses belonged to himself, and there were 9 belonging to others who lived under him. This lot as now described includes the Charity School lot (See Cl. 8511, W. Thompson). None of the occupants have [has] any claim to make to the land. I am one of the number. We live there by permission and do work for Namauu. He got this piece from his sister, Kaupena, who took it up as waste land and it descended from her to him.

Kaauwai, sworn, I know the facts of this case and that the testimony now given about both lots is true. They were enclosed in 1823 and Namauu has held them ever since in peace. I never heard any claim existed to the ground on which the Charity School stands by the Trustees or Proprietors of that building beyond the building itself.

This testimony was taken on account of no record being made of that formerly taken in the Native Book

N.T. 127-129v3
No. 63, N. Namauu, July 3

Kepoho, sworn and stated, "I have seen the two house lots of Namauu in Honolulu here, and the boundaries of one lot are:

Wahinealii's lot, Manuiki's lot and Makai street are mauka
Kanaina's lot and Paki's lot, Waikiki
Kaumealani's lot, Kealiiahonui's lot and the beach
Makai; Naahu's lot, Ewa.

Namauu's lot is from his sister, Kaupena, and he had received it at the time Poki went to Kahiki. Namauu has lived there to this day in peace. This property has been enclosed and there are four houses there, one of which is for Kamakea and another is for Hoa and these men have lived under Namauu.

2. The boundaries of the second section are:
Kekuanaoa's lot, Kina's (Skinner) lot, Hakau's lot and Ehu's lot, Waikiki
Makai street, toward the ocean
John Young's lot and Kalaeokekoi's lot, Ewa.

This property has been fenced and there are 16 houses in there, four of which are for Namauu himself in addition to three other smaller houses and nine houses are for the men there. There is also a schoolhouse for the foreigners. We are living there with interest only in the house and abiding strictly to his orders. Namauu's lot is from Kaupena but that property had been an idle land before it was acquired by Kaupena."

Kaauwai sworn and stated, "I have seen this property exactly as Kipoho has just stated here. When the corpses of Liholiho (plural) were returned from Kahiki England this property had been enclosed. That was in the year 1832. The school house was a house interest only and this also had applied to the people who were living there."

[Award 63; R.P. 4490; Honuakaha Honolulu Kona; 1 ap.; .73 Ac.; See also Award 63 M.A. for Puunoa, Lahaina]