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Claim Number: 00191
Claimant: Kekauonohi, M.
Other claimant:Haalelea, L.
Other name:
Island: Oahu
District: Kona
Ahupuaa: Honolulu
Ili: King St., Merchant St, Queen St., Richards St.
Statistics: 62594 characters 10758 words
No. 191, Kekauonohi, claimant
F.R. 131v1

1 document in Native Register, Page 154

N.R. 154-156v1
No. 191, M. Kekauonohi

To the Land Commissioners, Greetings: I am telling you of my claims for my house lot at Honolulu.

1. The lot where Kaeo Ehu is living, the lot of Kalama, the lot where Kekualoa is living, the lot of L. Aneru /L. Andrews/; all these lots are one, and belong to me.

2. The lot where Kuke Bolabola Is living, and the lot of Poki, the lot of Pele, the lot of Mokunui, the lot of Namakeha at the shore and the lot of Keawe lawaia /Keawe the fisherman/ at the shore. All these lots are mine alone.

3. The lot of Kaahumanu, the lot of Ke, and the lot of Kinimaka are mine alone.

4. The lot of Kaopu ma, the lot of Kaaiaole, and the lot of Kamaki haole, next to the lot where the Chinese are living, and the place Kilimana /Gilman/ is buying, adjoining those Chinese people, and the place back of Kilimana, is lived on by some foreigners, perhaps. Also the lot which was formerly for Hale /Harry?/ where Lanai /S. -Reynolds/ is now living. The name of all these places is Kauanonaula, and this entire place is mine alone.

5. The lot where we two are living and the lot of Kahikona. The name of this place Is Haliimalle, and it is mine.

6. The lot of Kealoha wahine, being the lot where Lelelohoku ma are living, a small lot mauka adjoining the lot of Akoni Potiti /Portuguese Anthony?/ to be cared for by Kealoha. Also the lot of Koiamai. It is mine alone. Where Koiamai is living was given by me to Mataio Kekuanaoa, and it has become his. A small lot on the east side of the lot of Mr. Hupa /Mr. Hooper?/, at the turning of the wall on the farthest mauka side, adjoining the lot of Kailiwai, is mine. /In margin appears a note: r 191c Kapule 7/.

7. The lot adjoining the lot of Uilama Makaamo is my kane's, however, our kaikamahine is living there.

These foregoing described lots and house sites are our lands here In Honolulu, being those which we are telling you about, to be worked on by the Land Commissioners, as in the law.

If you wish to question us concerning all the foregoing places, we will properly explain our rights if some are objected to.

Because we have heard that some of our kuleanas are being petitioned for, therefore we direct you by this letter if you see some of the places of which we have told you, which have perhaps been previously petitioned for, it would be well for you to call us to come and settle It. Then we will give an explanation of the place. Honolulu, 20 August 1846

F.T. 119-121v1
Claim No. 191, Kekauonohi, December 2, [1846]

Pehu, sworn deposed, I was an officer of Kamehameha's previous to 1812. Subsequently I travelled backward and forwards, communicating the orders, and attending to this business. The house in which I lived was where Mr. Sumner's house now is. It was at that time a prohibited place. I continued to live there until the death of Kamehameha (June 1819) when I went to Hawaii. I did not live there after that, my wife lived there afterwards. There were four houses there (a store house & fish houses). There were many of us living there. Keakualoa was the name of my wife. She continued to live there till Kalaimoku went to Hawaii. She lived in a house which stood where the new stone house now is, until 1827. Kanina lived in the same house with my wife. That house in which they lived was back of the house in which Kauwila lived. Kauwila's house was between Mr. Sumner's house and the new stone house. The time of Rihoriho, when Mr. Sumner came to live there Keakuaroa was living there. The fence or the road, and that on the sea side might have been a little distance from where they now are. On the mountain side the fence was near where the lane now runs. At that time Kauwila lived in the same yard with Mr. Sumner, in the house in front of the new stone house. There was a little path when Kalaimoku was living; the fences were made when the new roads were made. Mr. Sumner saw the place was vacant; and seeing the tabu was taken off when Kamehameha died, he went and lived there. Keakuaro was still living there in front of the present stone house.

When Kalaimoku went to Hawaii, Keakuaroa went with him, for she was one of his dependants. The house in which she lived was built by Kanina. Previous to 1812 while Kamehameha was living, the store houses previously referred to where standing; but when he went to Hawaii, they were neglected. I built those houses myself, excepting one which Kanina built. Mr. Sumner was never told by anyone to go off the land when he took possession of it. When Hokio died, Mr. Sumner's former wife went away. Hokio died before Kalaimoku.

(Note directed by the President) Witness is very old, and his testimony is not to be relied on except in relation to very early dates.

Mr. Kaauwai, sworn deposed, I was acquainted with Mr. Sumner's place first about the close of the Kauai war (1824). The reason I know about it is, because I used to go there with Hokio to drink rum. Hokio and his wife lived in a house standing endways to the sea. I think that house stood a little in front of the present new stones house. I knew that Hokio was Kalaimoku's man from the time of the Russians down, though formerly perhaps he was Kamehameha's man. I do not know who owned the house they lived in. I supposed at the time it was Hokio's. I can not describe the fence at that time but at the time of Lord Byron I knew more [paper torn]. At that time they ran from sea side and [page torn] as has been testified before the commission. [page torn] respectively the fence on the Northeast side & cannot speak definitely [page torn].

I knew there was a little stick fence, running a long Southwest of the little path which divided the yard of Mr. Sumner from the yard of Kauwila. There were a number of people living in the yard at that period. I had a brother-in-law living there; they belonged to Boki. Kukahiko was the name of my brother-in-law. I do not know how long they lived in the yard, because I did not constantly reside there. I knew nothing more about it till 1836 at which time I visited the Island, and lived myself in Kalaimoku's yard, who at that time was not himself there. The people of Kekauonohi were then living there; a great many lived there then. I then understood that all that place belonged to Kekauonohi; and the house belonging to Mr. Andrews had been previously built. I never heard till now that Mr. Sumner had any claims there. I heard that Kalaimoku requested Mr. Sumner to make the pathway; and that Mr. Sumner had gave his consent. When we used to go to drink rum; Kalaimoku was accustomed to say, Look out, and do not injure the yard of the foreigners, for he was afraid the garden would be injured which was inside of the little fence sea side of the path. The exact boundaries I cannot tell.

Resumed page 123

F.T. 123-133v1
Claim No. 191, Kekauonohi, continued from page 121, December 8, [1846]

Kekuanaoa, sworn deposed, the several places mentioned in the statement of claimant were embraced in our yard. That part which is now occupied by Kekuaroa was formerly occupied by Hokio. The large yard was divided by some small fences. Cooke's place was included in the great yard of Kalaimoku; but Hokio's was outside, abreast of it. Hokio's place was bounded on the sea side by what is now the lane. I speak of the time when I returned from England. Hokio belonged to Kamehameha & subsequently to Kekauiole, but lived with Kalaimoku. I never heard that Mr. Sumner had any rights in that yard; although I was a stranger just returned from England (1825). When I saw Kauwila and Hokio they were living there. I never heard that Hokio lived there as a subordinate to his wife, but as a servant to Kalaimoku. While I was living in Kalaimoku's house, having charge of the coffins of the King, I heard Kalaimoku say to Hokio, Make an opening in our fence. The place he pointed out was between Mr. Sumner's yard and Hokio's; and the path was the boundary between the two. It was done in order to have a communication between Kalaimoku and Kinopu, who lived where Mr. Ricker now does.

At that time he gave charge to his sister, Wahaine Pio [Wahinepio] to place her servants together with some of his own in that yard with Hokio. According to my observation, therefore, that yard was Kalaimoku's. I did not think it was Mr. Sumner's. The form of the expression was 'Open our fence' and place the servants and our (kaua) furniture in our (kaua) yard.

The place now occupied by Mr. Andrews, was most of it a common. I think Hokio's yard did not extend as far back as Mr. Andrews'. The fence along there in old times ran crooked; the principal part of the land was a common. There was a house standing near there, and afterwards the yard was built. I know very well the place which Mr. Sumner now occupied & afterwards Kinau & I lived near him. The yard occupied by Kaeo was at that time Vahinepio's; and is now Kekauonohi's; also the yard occupied by Kalama was one yard. All these were one, and at that time were Vahine Pio's under Kalaimoku. I was at Hawaii when the Russians were here the second time. I heard of their building a block house from Kamehameha. When I came from Hawaii about 1821 Mr. Sumner was living there. Hokio was living there, but I am not certain.

Mr. Sumner had a yard there. I think it extended into the yard occupied after by us. He had a stick fence all round his yard at that time, and the boundary was where the little path now is. I do not recollect Mr. Sumner going to Pearl river to get the sticks for the fence. I recollect Kalaimoku going in a vessel. Kauwila was living in the house Hokio occupied. I know nothing about who built it; it was built before I returned from England. I know of Hokio living there, and of Wahaine Pio taking possession. I do not know how long he lived in it. I never heard of Kalaimoku applying to Mr. Sumner to make the pathway. I do not recollect Mr. Sumner calling on Kinau to complain of his house being pulled down; perhaps he might have come. I remember Kinau asking Mr. Sumner to draw in his fence which was in Dr. Judd's yard. The yard in which Mr. Sumner & Hokio lived before the path was made was in one yard, excepting little stick fence running across, and Mr. Sumner was on one side of it and Hokio's on the other. When I came back from England, Mr. Sumner's fence by the side of the road was a high one and Hokio's was a low one. I do not know who built the fence. I know Mr. Sumner had the privilege of going into the houses of Kamehameha 1st & 2nd - foreigners generally could not, but those only who were friends of Kalaimoku. I know nothing about the well. I remember Mr. Sumner making a gateway for Commodore Wilkes. I know Mr. Sumner was engaged in the service of Kamehameha, Kahumanu, Kalaimoku, Boki and all the chiefs.

Paki, sworn, When we arrived from Hawaii about 1821 Mr. Sumner was then living in the same place he does now. His place was surrounded with a fence. I cannot tell precisely where the boundaries were. I know Kapalao lived on the sea side from Mr. Sumner. Mr. Sumner next to him, Hokio next, Kaauepua next, who I think was about where Mr. Andrews now is, and Hokio was about where the new stone house is. All these different places were seperated [sic] from each other by fences. I am not certain that they were all living in those places when I came from Hawaii; but if not, it was shortly after. These divisions were as early as the time that Kalaimoku built his large fence. I suppose that Hokio built his fence, but I know that Kaavakua built his. I never heard at that time, nor since, that Mr. Sumner had any rights in that yard.

Hokio was a lawyer of Rihoriho's & afterwards of Keauluohi's; though subsequentlyKalaimoku was one that had charge of that class of men. The reason of Kauwila living there was that she was the wife of Hokio. I do not know who built their house; it was before I became acquainted. I cannot say whether there was a fence before [strip of page missing; the?] path was made between Mr. Sumners and Hokio's [house?]. I never heard abo ....

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.... n Ii, sworn by the Word of God and stated, "I have seen this place and the boundaries are like those just related here by Kahaiao. Kekauonohi and the people who had been living there had received this interest from Kahaiao and the people who are living there now were there earlier because of Kekuamanoha and upon his death this interest was acquired by Kekauonohi and by their influence, his daughter had become a drunk. This place has been enclosed and there are houses but I have not known who had put up the fence."
Keawe sworn by the Word of God and stated, "I have seen this place by the beach in Honolulu here. It is Kekauonohi's property from Keawepooole. Kekauonohi had received it after Keawepooole's death. I have lived there for four years but Kaeo had lived on this property previously and the boundaries are:

Namauu's lot, toward the mountain
Kaumealani, Waikiki
Naahu, Ewa and
makai is the beach.

It has been enclosed and there are 4 houses there. No one else owns that place.

Namauu, sworn by the Word of God and stated, "I have seen the place that is for Keawepoole from Kekanonohi and one parcel of it was from Kaumealani. When Keawe-poole died this property was acquired by Kahekili and upon his death in the year 1843. It was property possessed by Kekauonohi with one exception, in that one parcel of this land was for Keawaiki and it was possessed by Keliiahonui for Keawaiki's debt to him. The property has been enclosed, there is a house in there and the boundaries are the same as those just have been related here."

For Kauanonoula
John Ii, sworn by the Word of God and stated, "I have seen this property in Honolulu here.

Keauiaole's property is on the Ewa side
Lanai (Reynolds) and Mahuka toward the mountain
and Merchant Street is on the oceanside.

Kekauonohi is living on this property at the present time. I had seen all of this property in the year 1822 at which time Wahinepio Kekauonohi's mother had owned all of that place from the mountain to the sea, now there is little remaining. It has been enclosed, there are five houses standing in there now and Kaope has custody of the place."

Namauu, sworn by the Word of God and stated, "I have seen this property. My testimony pertaining to everything about this interest is similar to what John Ii has just related here and the same applies to the length of time."

See page 402 [462]

N.T. 462-474v2
No. 191, Kekauonohi, From page 460, Honolulu, Oahu January 17, 1848

Kalama, sworn by the Word of God and stated, "I have seen this property, it is in Honolulu here.

Pelekane (Beretania) Street is on the Waikiki side
Kekela's lot, mauka
Kahikona, Ewa and
Chapel Street is makai.

This place has been enclosed with six houses within. I had seen Kekauonohi living there in the year 1844. Kahekili had given him this interest and no one else owns that place. I have not known how Kahakili had acquired this land, but he is a chief, "Kekauonohi is an heir of Kahekili. Kahekili is the father of Kekauonohi and no one has objected to them."

John Ii, sworn by the Word of God and stated, "I have seen this place just as Kalama has seen it. The same applies to the boundaries, the enclosure, the houses within it and the person who had given this land. I had known Kekauonohi to become aware of that property while Kahekili was yet alive. Kahekili had received this land from Kapapaa and no one has ever objected to him."

Kealoha's (wahine) Property
Kuakini, sworn by the Word of God and stated, "I have seen this property, it is in Honolulu here;

Kaunuohua's property is on the Waikiki side
Makai Street, Mountain-side
Kekuanaoa, Ewa and
the beach is toward the sea.

The place has been enclosed and there are four houses there. This property has been for Kekauonohi since a long time ago when I was very small. I have not known that Leleiohoku had owned that property but Kealoha has lived there and it (land) was for Kekauonohi. I was eighteen years of age at this time."

Kaauwai, sworn by the Word of God and stated, "I have seen this place, the boundaries of which are the same as those which have just been related here and the same applies to the houses. This is Kauonohi's old property since his [her] birth; no one has ever objected to him to this day."

The correct sequence of the testimonies on page 462:
Kalama, John Ii, Kuakini, page 463, Kaauwai, Kuakini

The Property at Haliimaile
Kuakini, sworn by the Word of God and stated, "I have seen this property, it is in Honolulu here named Haliimaile.

Akoni's lot is on the Waikiki side
Chapel Street, mauka
Koimai's place, Ewa and
Merchant Street is toward the sea.

Kekauonohi became Kahekili's heir at the time of his (Kahekili) death and the property was pos-sessed by him. Kahekili had received it from Kaulahilu. It has been enclosed with two houses within it. I live on this property which is for Kekauonohi and no one else owns it. The land officers have declared this to be very clear; therefore, no further testimony is necessary."

The lot close to Kupa's Property
Kalama, sworn by the Word of God and stated, "I have seen this property in Honolulu here.

The street going on to Pelekane (Beretania) is on the direction of Waikiki
toward the mountain is Kailimai's property
Ewa, Kupa's lot and
Kapahuau's lot is on the oceanside.

This property has been enclosed, it has two houses on the inside and it had been possessed by Kekauonohi in the year 1831. It was an idle land and no other person owns this place."

Namauu, sworn by the Word of God and stated, "I have seen this place and every-thing is the same as Kalama has stated here and no one has ever objected to him."

Property at Pahua
John Ii, sworn by the Bible and stated, "I have seen this property, it is here in Honolulu.

Laanui's lot is toward the sea
William Makaamo, Ewa
Unauna, toward the mountain and
Puawaina St. is on the Waikiki side.

This place has a fence with two houses on the inside. This had been Keliiahonui's property and he had lived there probably in the year 1827. No one had objected to him.
Keliiahonui had personally said to give his property to Kuke B.

Kekauonohi had left the property to Ke and was called Kaahumanu.

See page 310, Vol. III, N.T., 725, Vol. 3, N.T.

N.T. 453-455v3
No. 191, Kekauonohi, from page 52, January 7 [1848]

Kekauonohi had not approved of the property that Kahikona has now, rather he was more in favor of Keauiaole's property.

Puuki, sworn by the Word of God and stated, "I had seen this place named Kana-nonoula in the year 1818 and Kekauonohi has had it to the present time. Kuakini had given this place to Keaniaole but the property had been for us. I believe that Keauiaole lived there as long as Kuakini lived there also. Keauiaole had built a house, but there were some old houses there too. Kekauonohi too had built a house for himself there which is still standing to this day. We had built a fence a long time ago but it has fallen down.
I have not seen the granting by Kuakini to Keauiaole but I have seen him living there from the year 1831 to some recent years past when he had been objected."

Kekuanaoa, sworn by the Word of God and stated, "I had seen this property in the year 1822, it is Kekauonohi's place. When we came home from Britain, one of the houses was given to us as storage for the things we had brought back. Kuakini placed Keauiaole there since our travels with Kaahumanu and her group. Three years probably after this, chiefs were taken to the fort to live with Kuakini; thus Keauiaole remained to care for our things from Britain. Keauiaole lived this way under Kuakini, continuing with Kinau and upon her death, he lived under me until the year 1846 Kekauonohi came to evict Keauiaole. When I had told him about it, he said to me, "I do not want to live under the both of you, this is my own property," and that was the end of my idea but before Keauiaole was made to live there, he had lived there peacefully. Later it had become trying and there was objection. Keauiaole had one house which was in place of Kekauonohi's house. Kekauonohi has two houses standing there now. He had built the enclosure and planted the trees. That is what I have known about this property." See Keauiaole's objection on pg. 337.

See page 457

/leles - distinct, detached sections of lands in fields, seashore, mountain or taro patches./

N.T. 725-726v3
No. 191, Kekauonohi, January 15, 1851, Protest No. 191-13, Kapule

Wm. Beckley, sworn, I have seen this lot; it is close to my lot. In the year 1823 or 1824 probably, I had seen his mother, Kukiiahu, building a house there but the boundaries are:

Mauka, Unauna
Waikiki, Puowaina Street
Makai, Laanui's lot
Ewa, my lot.

I have seen his mother, his servants and him live there to the present time. All of that place has been included in the place Kamehameha I had given me. I have not seen any other claimants there. I have seen his mother only.

Kepola, sworn, I have seen that this place has been completely enclosed. It is just as Wm. Beckley has related and he had been the first resident there. Later, Kukiiahu, the mother of Kapule had come to live there and life has been comfortable to this time: no one has objected.

N.T. 356v10
No. 191, H. Kekauonohi, 26 April 1854

Kaope (kane), sworn, I have seen his house lots in Honolulu, Oahu - 1 house lot at Kananonoula, the boundaries are.

Section 1:
Mauka and Waikiki, Mahuka's house lot
Makai, Merchant Street
Ewa, Keauiaole's house lot.

Section 2 - House lot at Haliimaile.
Mauka, Kekela's house lot
Waikiki, Richards Street
Makai, King Street
Ewa, Kahikona's house lot.

Section 3 - House lot at Kuloloiae.
Mauka, Queen Street
Waikiki, Kaunuohua's house lot, King's house lot
Makai, beach
Ewa, M. Kekuanaoa house lot.

Section 4 - Kealoha has this house lot.
Mauka, King Street
Waikiki, Akoni Puhiki's house lot
Makai, Merchant Street
Ewa, Koiamai's house lot.

Section 5 - House lot adjoining Mr. Hooper's place.

N.T. 357-358v10
No. 191, M. Kekauonohi, 26 April 1854

Kaope, sworn, I have seen his house lots in Honolulu, Oahu.

Section 1 - House lot in Kauanonoula.
Mauka and Waikiki, Mahuka's house lot
Makai, Merchant Street
Ewa, Keauiaole's house lot.

Section 2 - House lot at Haliimaile.
Mauka, Kekela's house lot
Waikiki, Richards Street
Makai, King Street
Ewa, Kahikona's house lot.

Section 3 - House lot at Kuloloiae.
Mauka, Queen Street
Waikiki, Kaunuohua's house lot, King's house lot
Makai, beach
Ewa, M. Kekuanaoa house lot.

Section 4 - Kealoha has this house lot.
Mauka, King Street
Waikiki, Akoni Puhiki's house lot
Makai, Merchant Street
Ewa, Koiamai's house lot.

Section 5 - House lot adjoining Mr. Hooper's place.
Mauka, Kailiwai's house lot
Waikiki, Richards's Street
Makai, Kapahukepau's house lot
Ewa, Mr. Cooper's house lot.

Sections 1-5 were received from his parents a long time ago. They have been in Halelea's custody since to the present time. No objections.

Pouhiwa, sworn, we have known in the same way and verifications have been received for other house lots.

[Award 191; Royal Land Patent No. 5581; King St. Honolulu Kona; 3 ap.; .98 Ac.; (R.P. for L. Haalelea); Royal Land Patent No. 5630; Merchant St. Honolulu Kona; 1 ap.; .32 Ac.; Royal Land Patent No. 8171, Royal Land Patent No. 8297; Queen St. Honolulu Kona; 1 ap.; .93 Ac.; Royal Land Patent No. 8317; Kuloloia Honolulu Kona; 1 ap.; 9165 Square Feet; Royal Land Patent No. 8333; Richards St. Honolulu Kona; 1 ap.; 1.08 Acs Kekauonohi for L. Haalelea.; Royal Land Patent No. 8471; Hotel & Richards St.; Honolulu Kona; 1 ap. Kekauonohi for L. Haalelea]