Mahele Documents

Claim Number: 03259B
Claimant: Kapau
Other claimant:Kanoa, husband
Other name:
Island: Kauai
District: Kona, Puna
Ahupuaa: Koloa Hikina, Nawiliwili
Ili: Kaawailalo, Kaauwailuna
Statistics: 4834 characters 831 words
No. [3259B] 3239, Kapau, Koloa, Island of Kauai, January 12, 1848
N.R. 17v9

The Land Commissioners, greetings: I, Kapau, am a Hawaiian woman living at Koloa on the island of Kauai. I hereby state to you my claim for a lo`i and kula; the kula is situated in another place, shown as follows:


That is my lo`i claim; the kula claim, separate in another place, is shown in this diagram:

[see above diagram]

The northwest side and the house site - from thence, the watercourse runs to the west, then diagonally to the south, and then runs straight to the east. This is how the watercourse lies. Those are my claims, for your information.

F.T. 64-65v13
[No. 3259B], Kapau, Wife of Kanoa, Claimant, See 2659
[should be 3259B]

Ese Opunui, sworn, I know the land of Kapau, it lies in Koloa Hikina, in the ili of "Kaawailuna" and "Polaulalo" [and] consists of nine lois and kula in three pieces.

No. 1 is in Kaawailuna contains two lois & kulas.
No. 2 is in the ili of Kapalau, is seven lois.
No. 3 is in Kaawailalo, one loi & small kuakua..

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.... 's loi
Hanapepe by Pakalama's loi.

Section 3 - 1 lois at Kapalau.
Mauka by Pakalama's loi
Puna by Poohina's loi
Makai by Poohina's loi
Hanapepe by Poohina's loi/house.

E. Opunui related [that] Kaelemakule raised a dispute over this land. Land [was] from Kanoa in 1846 probably; exact year not clear to witness. Kaelemakule's grievance: Kaowe had given him the land on which to live and to cultivate also under the Konohiki, Kanoa at the time he (Kaowe) had departed for Oahu. The care for the land was given him and not the land itself. Kanoa threatened, and gave the land of three sections to his wife Kapau when there was a violation of a condition. Kaowe cultivated the land for eight months, probably; the kanaka did Konohiki labor and the payment was made for the labor days. The taro was used for the error and the land was taken away.

Nahoa, sworn; he has heard E. Opunui's testimony for Kapau's land, it is true.

[Award 3259B in Koloa; R.P. 6258; No. 5434 to Kapau in Niumalu; Koloa Kaauwailuna 1 ap. 2.5 Acs; Nawiliwili 1 ap. 2 Acs 1 rood 20 rods; See 3239 for N.R. document, not awarded]