Mahele Documents

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Claim Number: 00158
Claimant: Kekuanaoa, Mataio
Other claimant:
Other name:
Island: Oahu
District: Kona
Ahupuaa: Honolulu
Ili: Fort St.
Statistics: 31497 characters 4769 words
[No. 158, Kekuanaoa], No. 158 to 185, Kekuanaoa, claimant
F.R. 124v1

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N.R. 139-140v1
No. 158, M. Kekuanaoa, Registered as 28 /See sketch/

Here is the claim for this lot, for which Kalama petitions you.

When the Chiefs, Kalanimoku, ma, sailed here to Oahu - this was /the time of/ the Russians, Kahanaumaikai ma were at this place, and Keuwouwo, and Uku ma, and the alii came, and we also. Then Kuiko ma lived there and then returned to Maui, and at this time Holokualani lived there and died, Then Kahuna ma lived there, and his wahine, and when they went, Kapoo ma dwelt there, until the time when Poki sailed for Kahiki, then Kaahumanu took all Poki's possessions. The administration of the Fort was given to Kuakini. Then Kuakini asked Kaahumanu for some men and Kaahumanu agreed and settled Kaliio ma there, and Kuakini asked again of Kinau for some men. Kinau agreed and settled Kaniku ma there - these were our /we two/ own people. Kuakini again asked Kekauluohi for men and Kamaikahulipa ma were settled there. When Kuakini returned to Hawaii the administration of the Fort went to Kinau, and all of Oahu, and It has been for Kinau ever since.

N.T. 20-31v2
Nos. 158-185, Governor M. Kekuanaoa, November 22, 1846

Diagram 1 - Lot mauka of the Fort; John Ii's sworn testimony: [No diagram in this text]

It (fort) is on the side which is toward the mountain on the southeast end of Fort. St. The first time I had seen that property was in the year 1822 perhaps, and Kahiamoe was the owner of it. He had received rights to live there according to what I had heard, as an attendant for the fort here, a soldier probably. For this reason his place was close to the fort here and when he died, he directed to his young brother Holokualani the same privileges accorded to people who were Involved with the fortq until the year 1831, at which time the property was acquired by Kuakini, the governor. Holokualani had died, and resi-dence was granted to Kailio who was attendant to J. A. K. (Kuakini) and to some "firm chin" group of people of Kamehameha I. Kuakini returned to Hawaii while M. Kekuanaoa and his wife remained on the property with Kailio as subject to this person's (Kokuanaoa) wife Just as he had been to Kuakini. At the time of Kailio's death, I had heard that Kamaikahulipu had lived there also as an attendant at the fort with Kailio and his wife. When Kailio's wife Kaawa was alive, she found a husband Manakaulana and they lived on that property while Hanakaulana was a subject of the fort, until Kahananui, the judge at Kuluanui died. Hanakaulana and his wife were taken to Kaluanui by M. Kokuanaoa to live. He then had custody of that property (next to the fort) to the present time. That is the end of what I had known.

N.T. 7, See page 350 V. 8 concerning all these claims

Diagram 2; John Ii's sworn testimony:
It was at that same time that I had first seen the lot that was for Kapoo. Kapoo and her husband Puhiea were people for the fort. The land that was for Kaelepulu and Kapeau's lot were only house sites and there was an idle portion which extended to the water area of Honokaupu. When M. Kekuanaoa and Kinau had come to the fort, I saw Kaelepulu, Kahanolono and Haa, the canoe building priest for him here (M.Kekuanaoa). These people lived there till this time probably still living under this person (Kekuanaoa) according to what I have seen only and that concludes what I have known. This property is on the southeast side of the property marked diagram 1, on the mountain side of the road below here.

Diagram 3
The lot which Kaaipuaa has is adjoining to Kapoo's (land) toward inland of the road, which is seaward, on the side mauka joining with Merchant Street. I had seen this vacant place for the first time in the year 1822 and when M. K. and Kinau returned to the fort that was the time that property was purchased for Kaluahinenui and all of his people together with Kaaipuaa who live there now. These people are connected with the fort. I have known this until the present time and no one has objected.

Diagram 4
Naneiki's property is connected to Kaaipuaa's lot toward the mountain of the Merchant Street. It was vacant when I had seen it before. There were no houses up to the time Kuakini came to live at the fort. I do not know clearly the people who had lived but in the year 1835 perhaps, M. Kekuanaoa and his wife, Kinau, placed Naueiki to live there. They also built a ....
.... that place, besides the one on the northwest side of the road running to Mr. French's property. That is the way I've see them live to the present time.

Diagram 27 - Property of Jack Meek (Keaka Mika)
I have seen that property, which is on the southeast side of the foot-path to Polekane, seaward of Chapel road, toward the mountain end of Merchant road, and on the northwest side of Keikenui's property. I had seen him living (there) after the roads were completed and it was he who put up the fence and built a house.
I have heard that this person had become the heir of Kinopu and it appears to be true.

Kaaha sworn: I have heard directly from the mouth of Kinopu that he had granted truly to M. Kekuanaoa the heirship.

N.T. 39-42v2
[No. 158-285], M. Kekauanohi, Honolulu December 2, 1846

Pehu's sworn testimony: During Kamehameha I's reign I was living on Oahu here and that was the time I was living up here in Honolulu and we would return together with Kamehameha I to Hawaii, then come back here to investigate problems. I lived on Uilama's place which was a forbidden area and no foreigners were permitted to live there. We only were allowed to live there. I was living on Oahu here when the Russians arrived and Kamehameha I died. We went to Hawaii and returned with Liholiho. I did not live there again, but my wife remained with four houses, some of which were storehouses. When Kalaimoku went to Hawaii because of illness, my wife went along. The houses were standing on the lot where the new stone house is standing, where Kaniua had lived in the front side of Kauila's house. There was no fence between Kauila and us.

The lot was surrounded by a hibiscus hedge. Sumner lived there at the time of Kamehameha II and Kekualoa was living on the front side of the lot on the seaward side. The property of Kekuanaoa was the land toward the mountain on the seaward side of the narrow road. The small road was built in the year 1837. There was a smaller road at the time Kalaimoku was alive. No one had given Sumner (land), but he had noted a vacant land and because King Kamehameha I who forbade the use of that place was dead, it was permissible for anyone to do as he chooses for a place. Kekualoa's interest is from Kamehameha I and because his foster son Kalaimoku had taken ill, he went along (with him) to Hawaii.

Kaniua built the house Kekualoa had lived in. When Kamehameha I was living on Oahu here four houses were built as have been mentioned previously and when he returned to Hawaii, those houses were broken apart. I had built those four houses. No one objected to Sumner when he had come to set up a place for himself. I did not see who built Kauila's house and she lived there a long time until her husband Hookio died, then Kauila went away.

The witness is an elderly man; therefore, he does not understand the new testimonies but he has testified to the earlier things only.

Kaauwai sworn by the Holy Scriptures: When (I) returned from the battle on Kauai, Sumner was living there. I had gone to that place for the first time with Hookio to drink (liquor), the place where it was said that it was for Kauila that he (Hookio) lived there, but it is not clear where it stood. There was a house by the long house which was their home and I think it stood makai of the new stone house. Hookio who was from the heiau was an attendant of Kalaimoku, or he might have been from Kamehameha for he had sent Hookio to Kalaimoku. I do not know who owned the house in which they (two) were living. I thought it was for Hookio, but according to the testimonies which were heard here, it was for Kauila!

I did not know the lots at that time. At the time of Lord Byron, I did know the boundaries of the enclosure. There was a wooden fence which extended in the middle of the area which now is the road going inland. I do not know about the fence toward the mountain but there is one along the banks seaward of the narrow road leading to the royal schoolhouse and separating Kauila's place from Sumner's lot. There were many people living in that lot. I had a brother-in-law, Kukahiko, there too living under Poki.

I do not know how long they lived there. In the year 1836, 1 had two relatives here. I saw this place again when Nahienaena died. I lived on Kalaimoku's lot in Kapau's home. I did not see Kauila again, but there were many, many of Kekauonohi's people living there. At that time I heard that Kekauonohi had acquired all of that place. I do not know who had given it and the house had been built by Mr. Andrews. Since that time to the present, I have now heard that place was for Sumner. I also have heard that Kalaimoku had asked Sumner to build a small road to which Sumner had wholeheartedly consented to do. When a person drunk with liquor had come, Kalaimoku had remarked to take care of the foreigner's property (that is the property he is living on now) below of the small road. I do not know the boundaries but I have heard that he is living there now through Sumner.

Postponed to Tuesday. Kalama, wife of Leoaipalale, And should Isaacs Lewis and John White appear, work will be resumed. Both are now on Maui.

N.T. 350-351v3
No. 158, Kekuanaoa, October 18, 1848, See pg. 20, Vol. II

A. Paki, sworn, I have seen Kekuanaoa's lot, located mauka of the fort just as John Ii has first mentioned. It is here in Honolulu.

Mauka is Merchant Street
Waikiki, Kapeau's lot
Makai, a government lot and Fort Street.

See testimony Vol. 2, page 20

A. Paki, witness, I have seen the lot which is for Kapoo; it is in Honolulu here.

Mauka is Merchant Street
Waikiki, Kaaipuaa's lot
Makai, Makai Street
Ewa, Kailio's lot, Poki, Paakahi, Kapeau, also Nohona, Ele and some other people, too, Kaelepule and Poki.

It has been enclosed. There are ten or more houses there. Kekuanaoa's lot is from Kapoo and he is dead.

Kekuanaoa is the heir according to the bequest made in the year 1834 and he has lived there in peace to this day and these people are living there now under Kekuanaoa.

[No. 158 not awarded]