Kepā Maly and Onaona Pomroy Maly completed a review of all the original land title records of the Hawaiian Kingdom recorded during the Māhele ‘Āina (Land Division) between the years 1847 and 1855. For the first time, all of the Māhele records have been compiled in one collection, and the original Hawaiian-language documents of the Native Register and Testimony collections were translated by Kepā Maly for this program. The results provide readers with significant documentation coming from those who lived on and knew the land in a traditional manner. The Māhele documents describe land use, residency, and the practices of the families of Honouliuli and its smaller land subdivisions. With this information, we are able better to understand the history and cultural landscape of Honouliuli. While much has changed in the last 170 years, the spirit of place, the named places, and lives of those who came before us are still present on the land. Their history adds value to our own lives and community.

Helu 5958: The Claim of Makaioelani

Claimant: Makaioelani
Location: ‘Ili of Puuloa and Keahi
Recorded at: Honouliuli
Date: Sept. 19, 1847
Status: Not awarded

Native Register To the Honorable Commissioners who Quiet Land Claims. Aloha to you I hereby tell you of my house lot claim at Keahi, Puuloa. Here are its boundaries: towards the North, a kula parcel; towards the East, the house lot of Mahiole; towards the South, the sea; West, the houses of Kaule.

Helu 5670 C: The Claim of Kumupopo

Claimant: Kumupopo
Location: ‘Ili of Kepoe (Kepoi), Kamooiki (Mooiki), Loloulu, Poepoe, Puaaluu (Puaalu), Poohilo, and Kaoiki
Recorded at: Honouliuli
Status: Awarded; Royal Patent 6806

Native Testimony Kumupopo’s case.

Kumupopo came forward and made oath for his land, his application had been written by Maakuia and been dropped. His application is entered.

Poopuu Sworn. I know his land, 3 parcels of land.

Helu 5670 B: The Claim of Kaohai

Claimant: Kaohai
Location: ‘Ili of Kaihuopalaai, Lopanui, Polapola, Kuaimano, and Makawela
Recorded at: Honouliuli
Date: Apr. 18, 1850
Status: Awarded; Royal Patent 3085

Native Testimony Kaohai’s case.

Kikala Sworn. I know his land, a moo kalo; some loi at another place; 3 loi kalo in the mooaina of Lopanui in the ili of Kaihupalaai. Parcel 3, house lot at Polapola, adjoining the Catholic Church.