Boundary Commission

Boundary Commission: Boundaries of Kaulu

The following is the boundaries of Kaulu in Honouliuli from the Boundary Commission records.

Kaulu or Coneyville, Sept. 11th 1873

This day in company with Professor Alexander, who is surveying the land went about the boundary in part tracing it, in part looking at natural boundaries. Mr. Coney also in company. Adjacent owners not summoned, this being preliminary.

Sept. 12th Kaulu

Application of A. A. Haalelea

The following is from the records of the Boundary Commission. It is an application of A. A. Haalelea, who owns the ahupua‘a of Honouliuli, and it designates the boundaries of the ahupua‘a.

To the Honorable W. P. Kamakau

Commissioner Boundaries for the Island of Oahu, one of the Hawaiian Islands.

Honouliuli: Proceedings of the Boundary Commission

Following the Māhele ‘Āina, there was a growing movement to fence off the land areas and  control  access  to  resources  that  native  tenants  had  traditionally used. In the 1860s, foreign landowners and business interests petitioned the Crown to have the boundaries of their respective lands—which became the foundation for plantation and ranching interests—settled. In 1862, the king appointed a Commission of Boundaries, a.k.a.

The Board of Commissioners to Quiet Land Titles, 1845

By the 1840s, the maka‘āinana began making pleas to the king, asking that he not allow foreigners the right to possess land and hold positions in government. A series of petitions from across the islands on this matter went unheeded. With lands from his personal inventory, the king set up a mechanism to lease out and eventually sell large tracts of land for the development of businesses, which, it was hoped, would also benefit the kingdom.