Mahele Documents

Claim Number: 02668
Claimant: Roman Catholic Mission
Other claimant:Walsh, Robert A.
Other name: Maudet, Denis
Island: Kauai
District: Koolau, Kona
Ahupuaa: Moloaa, Koloa Hikina
Ili: Molaa village, Koloa Hikina
Statistics: 5162 characters 941 words
No. 2668, [Roman Catholic Mission], R. A. Walsh
F.R. 155-157v3


To Hon. Wm. Lee, Honolulu, Sir,

With your permission I take the liberty of presenting through you to the Board of Commissioners &c a petition to confirm me, should they think fit, in the right to a small piece of land, which the King gave during his last visit to this island.

His majesty then having inquired my residence and I informing him that I lived on a barren spot near the sea in a place named Poipa, he was pleased to advise to ask land from Kekauonohi, then Governess of this island, and in case of refusal to tell her to come to him. In a few days afterwards the spot where I now reside was given to me by Kahelemakule, the inspector of schools, by order he said of Kekauonohi.

A part of the land was at that time occupied by a native named Kanehekili, and Kahelemakule said I might have his land in case Kanehekili agreed to it; who on my speaking to him, willingly resigned his part of the land and gave me up all the title he had to it. Since this I have been left in the undisturbed possession of it. I have paid from 1 to 3 dollars each year for the land since, though I did not consider it was his majesty's intention to impose any tax on me for it.

The spot of land is in East Koloa┬Žeast of all the taro lands except mine and one other taro plot. It is bounded west, north and east by a water run, and on the south by an almost barren stoney place. In addition to the land contained in these boundaries, Kahelemakule allowed me to take a small spot on the north side of it whereon to build a chapel and schoolhouse.

The land contains about 3 acres and only ....

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.... nsists of both kalo & kula land, bounded as follows:

Mauka by Kaanaana's kalo land
Mahaulepu by the most eastern water run of Koloa
Makai by kula of Gov[ernmen]t or Kaanaana's fence
Waimea by one fence & water run.

Mr. Walsh received this land from the Konohiki Kamokuhiwi and Kaelemakuli, the school inspector in the time of Kekauauohi in 1843 or 1844. I think Mr. Walsh has occupied the place in peace from that time until the present. I never heard & do not know of any counter-claim to this land. I was present at the time this land was given to Mr. Walsh & I have resided in Kolea ever since.

See letter of W.H. Pease, survey made with approbation of Judge Lee.


N.T. 389-390v3
No. 2668, Part 2, R.A. Walsh for the Catholic Mission
from page 150 v13 F.T.

Denis Maudet, sworn, says he knows this piece of land at Maloaa. He lives on it; has occupied it for the mission during the last eight years. It was occupied by the Rev. B. Gaston before I was stationed there. The survey made by W.H. Pease is correct. I have always held the land without dispute.

R.A. Walsh, sworn, says, I know this land of the Catholic Mission at Maloaa, on the island of Kauai. It was given to me for the mission by Keaweamahi, formerly Governess of that island, in the year 1842, I think. The mission has held possession of all but a small piece lately added to it, ever since without dispute.

(The Min[ister] of Publ[ic] Instruction, as Agent for the Gov[ernmen]t, approves this claim & survey).

[Award 2668; Koloa Hikina Kona; 1 ap.; 17 Acs 20 rods; Moloaa Koolau; 1 ap. 4 Acs 13 rods]