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No. 253, Keaweluaole, Claimant
Native Register, Page 20, Vol 2, Maui
No. 253, Keaweluaole
I hereby petition you, the Land Commissioners, for the land Kanaina took. I will tell you how I obtained that land. I was a workman under Kekupuohi, from whom /I got/ my land. The witnesses to this are Kaaimunui, Kamakapelapela, Keaka, Puna. Hopili /sic./ detained me to live with him and build a house. Kekupuohi agreed that I should live with Hoapili and I did so. Hopili gave me that land of Nuolea. The witnesses of my getting this are Kamanawa, Kepa, and K ....
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.... my thought - perhaps the ancient land rights were Kanaina's, and I am under Kanaina, perhaps under Kekuanaoa, perhaps under the Mo`i.
Where does Kanaina enter in to punish me and end the means of getting food? On what side is the law? My thought is that my damages should be paid and my place which was given to Kekauluohi should be returned.
I have chosen Kaauwai to read this paper, so that he can speak of the words herein, he will attend to the rights.
/Translator's note: I have followed the spelling of names as given, Hopili for Hoapili./
[No. 253 not awarded; See Award 9812]