Helu 746: The Claim of Naholowaa

Claimant: Naholowaa
Location: ‘Ili of Kaaumakua
Recorded at: Honouliuli
Date: Sept. 18, 1847
Status: Awarded1

Native Register To the Honorable Commissioners who quiet land claims of the
Hawaiian Islands. Aloha to you. I hereby tell you my land, as instructed in by the
Law. I tell you of the various things. This land is there in Honouliuli, Ewa, Island of
Oahu. Here are its boundaries: towards the North, Loko o Kalahu (pond of Kalahu);
towards the East, the land of Kalama; towards the South, Puaaluu; towards the
West, the Loko of Kalahu. Here are my houses, there at Kaaumakua, in Honouliuli.
Here are the boundaries: towards the North, Mokumeha; towards the East, the sea
(fishery) of Kaaumakua; towards the South, the pali (cliff) of Holeinui; towards the
West, Mokumeha. My residency is from Kaope.

I am with appreciation, to all you, your obedient servant. Naholowaa X.2

1See continuation of the claim in Helu 1570 C.

2Book 2, p. 406, Sept. 18, 1847.

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Claimant: Naholowaa
Location: Ili of Kaaumakua, Kaauwewai, and Mokumeha
Recorded at: Honouliuli
Date: —
Status: Awarded; Royal Patent 6768

Native Register [See Native Register Helu 746 for the original claim.]1

Native Testimony Naholowaa’s case.

Naholowaa came and swore for his land, that his application, written by Maakuia, had been dropped.

Kumupopo Sworn. I know his land, a moo, Kaauwewai in the ili of Kaaumakua, Honouliuli, Ewa, Oahu. He has 3 loi, a kula, a fish pond, and some other places around the loko called Mokumeha.

Parcel 1. 2 loi, and a kula mahiai

M. moo aina of Kaiaulaula
H. Pa aina
Mk. some loko of Kalahu for the Konohiki
W. Mooaina of Polapola for the Konohiki.

Parcel 2. House lot at Mokumeha. Here are the boundaries:

M. the shore.
H. the houses of Kaimuena folks.
Mk. kula of Mokumeha
W. kula of Mokumeha.

His land was from Kumupopo in the time of Kaahumanu. No one has opposed him.2

Foreign Testimony Clt appeared & made oath that his claim was duly made out by Maakuia & sent in. The same is therefore admitted to a hearing.

Kumupopo sworn, says the land of Clt. is a moo aina called Kaauwewai in the ili of Kaaumakua, Honouliuli, E. O., containing 3 loi, one of kalo only & 2 with fish, with a kula in one piece. 2nd apana contains his house in Mokumeha.

Apana 1 contains 3 loi and a kula mahiai, and is bounded:

M. by moo aina Kaiaulaula of Konohiki
H. by the paaina
Mk. by the loko of Konohiki called Kalahu
W. by the moo aina Polapola of Konohiki.

Apana 2, a kahuahale in Mokumeha

M. by the seashore
H. by the Kauhale of Kaimuena
Mk. by the kula Mokumeha
W. by the kula Mokumeha

Clt. received his land from Kumupopo in the time of Kaahumanu & has held quiet possession of the same until the present time.3

1Book 2, p. 406.

2Book 9, p. 286.

3Book 9, p. 140–141.

The native tenant land claims from the Native Register for lands in Honouliuli can be found here. The claim number or helu is given, followed by the name of the claimant, and the name of the land area. The Native Register contains the claims submitted by the person who occupies the land. This includes a description of the location of the land, as well as what has been developed on the land—houses, taro patches, gardens, etc. The native testimony and foreign testimony contain statements from residents in the area which verify the statements of the claimant made in the Native Register. A few of the claims were not awarded. Click the Category link for Land Commission Award below to see the claims for Honouliuli.

The accompanying images are of two kinds. The first kind is the notes of survey which formed the records of the Mahele Award Books. They include metes and bounds and plot plans of the parcels surveyed for native tenants. The specific land names and parcels, plot plan maps, and, if provided, additional notes (e.g. names of people and places, or descriptions of features) which supplement the register and testimony volumes are cited.

The second kind of images included are the Royal Patents issued on Mahele Aina Awards. Upon agreement of the land areas to be awarded, surveys were conducted and recorded. The king issued Royal Patents in confirmation of the land areas to awardees. The original documents are presented. The figure captions include the royal patent number (Palapala Sila Nui Helu), the LCA number (Kuleana Helu), the awardee, land area and description, date, signatory parties, and source. The documents are not transcribed, but may be read from the original patents. In some instances, additional place names which were not identified in the earlier records were also cited in the claims; those place names are cited in the land description from each patent. Click the Category link for Royal Patent to see those issued for Honouliuli.

The notes of survey and Royal Patent associated with a Land Commission Award can be navigated to through links under Related Images on each Land Commission Award page.

The Hoakalei Cultural Foundation (HCF) seeks to provide the public with access to the rich history of Honouliuli Ahupuaa—bringing traditional and historical documentation that has time depth, and that is factual, to the attention of all who care for this land. The research is being conducted in a wide range of archival collections, and incorporates primary—first account—documentation from both Hawaiian- and English-language resources.

As a part of that research, Kepa Maly and Onaona Pomroy Maly completed a review of all the original land title records of the Hawaiian Kingdom recorded during the Mahele Aina (Land Division) between the years 1847 and 1855. For the first time, all of the Mahele records have been compiled in one collection, and the original Hawaiian-language documents of the Native Register and Testimony collections were translated by Kepa Maly for this program. This work was conducted over a five-week period between July and August 2012. The results provide readers with significant documentation coming from those who lived on and knew the land in a traditional manner. The Mahele 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.

All told, 436 Mahele documents were found for Honouliuli; no additional Mahele claims for Honouliuli are known to exist. This total can be broken down, as follows:

105 Native Register (NR) Claim records registered by 99 native tenants;
80 Native Testimony (NT) Claim records;
99 Foreign Testimony (FT) records;
77  Mahele Award Book records; and
75  Palapala Sila Nui (Royal Patent) records.

Of the 106 native tenant claims and one chiefly claim identified from Honouliuli, 74 were awarded to the claimants or their heirs and 33 were denied.

In compiling this collection of historical land and family records from Honouliuli, we have attempted to ensure the accuracy of all citations. The original records though, are challenging. Being all handwritten, the writing is at times illegible. At other times spelling of personal and land area names vary from one record to another. We have done our best to compare the various records and maintain the highest accuracy possible. The records are organized by Helu—the original numerical sequence assigned at the time of recording the information. Also, certain important classes of information such as place names, personal names, subsistence practices, types of features, and cultural and natural resources are called out in tables and summary form for easy access to the historical information.