Palapala Sila Nui Helu 6971, Kuleana Helu 11216, to M. Kekauonohi, Page 1 of 2

Honouliuli Ahupuaa, Area of Puuloa – 2,610 acres, Area of Honouliuli – 43,250 acres, September 11, 1877. Signed by Kalakaua Rex. Volume 25, p. 107–108.

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Claimant: Mikahela Kekauonohi
Location: Ahupuaa of Honouliuli
Recorded at: Honouliuli
Date: —
Status: Awarded; Royal Patent 6971

Native Register To the Commissioners who Quiet Claims. Aloha to you. We hereby tell you of our land claims from Hawaii to Kauai. They are for Mikahela Kekauonohi:

... Honouliuli Ahupuaa. Kalana, Ewa. Mokupuni, Oahu1

Native Testimony ... Honouliuli Ahupuaa. District of Ewa. Island of Oahu.2

1Book 4, p. 360.

2Book 10, p. 334, Dec. 20, 1853.

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 following is a transcription of Royal Patent Grant 6971.

Whereas, the Board of Commissioners to quiet Land Titles have by their decision awarded unto M. Kekauonohi Kuleana Helu 11216 as estate of Freehold less than Allodial, in and to the land hereafter described, and whereas Mrs. A. Haalelea the present occupier of the Ahupuaa of Honouliuli has filed with the Minister of Interior a certificate designing the boundaries of said Ahupuaa of Honouliuli as below set forth and whereas the privy council by Resolution have Authorized the Minister of Interior to grant a Royal Patent for the said land without division or commutation with the Government.

Therefore, Kalakaua by the Grace of God King of the Hawaiian Islands, by this Royal Patent, makes known to all men, the he has, for himself and his successors in office, this day granted and given absolutely, in Fee Simple, unto M. Kekauonohi all the certain piece of Land situated at Honouliuli, Ewa in the island of Oahu, and described as follows:

Beginning at a large flat rock known as Pohaku Palahalaha, a well-known rock now marked by an arrow and the name Honouliuli on one side, and Hoaeae on the other from which Govrmt. Trig Station near Kaulu bears

S. 22° 40 E, the boundary runs.

S. 38° 16 E. 2875 feet along Hoaeae to a red post, 375 feet beyond the Government road near the brink of a gulch.

S. 36° 06 E. 3703 ft to a point adjoining the west corner of Royal Patent 778 in Haulu along the brink of a pali to a point opposite a redwood post which bears.

S. 34° 23 E. 895 feet from the last corner when the land Hoaeae begins. Beginning again at Pohaku palahalaha

N. 21° 21 W. 2035 feet go a pile stone along Hoaeae thence

S. 22° 3 W 4686 feet along a pile of stones to a redwood post and thence

N. 23° 46 W. 6422 feet to redwood post and thence

N. 35° 32 W. 4410 feet to redwood post by an old kukui tree adjoining Hoaeae

N. 20° 33 W. 4237 feet across Ekahanui gulch to a granite post at the NW corner of Hoaeae thence

N. 41° 18 E. 2990 feet to a redwood post still along Hoaeae

N. 43° 3672 feet to a rock marked at the head of an ancient holua near the junction of the Poliwai with the Manawaielelu gulch on the boundary between Hoaeae & Pouhala

N. 16° 49’ W. 265 ft. along lower Pouhala as per R. Pat. No. 4486 to a marked stone post; thence

N. 14° 24’ W. 2057 ft. along Pouhala to a marked stone and

N. 31° 36’ W. 1090 ft. to a large flat rock at the NW corner of R. Patent 4486

N. 26° 43’ W. 4587 ft. along upper Pouhala to a marked stone thence

N. 15° 44’ W. 2467 ft. to brink of the Kawaieli gulch by the road – thence –

N. 11° 52’ W. 1363 ft. across the Kawaieli gulch to a granite post which is the corner of Honouliuli, Pouhala & Waianae uka

N. 67° 44’ W. 4406 ft. to a red wood post along Waianae and thence

N. 86° 58’ W. 3339 ft. (along an old path called Mookapu) adjoining Waianae uka to a red wood post and thence

S. 60° 49’ W. 1677 ft. along Waianae uka to a post and thence

S. 27° 07’ W. 762 ft. across the Kawaieli gulch to a marked stone where Kuhau’s house formerly stood thence

S. 47° 14’ W. 8660 ft. up a ridge to the summit of Kahapapa thence along the summit of the mountain range which separates this land from Waianae

S. 30° 36’ E. 5709 ft.

S. 12° 37’ W. 5190 ft. to Puu Haaa thence

S. 3° 4’ W. 9367 ft. along the ridge

S. 9° 35’ E. 4505 ft. to Mauna Kapu, thence

S. 22° 31’ W. 6219 ft. to a redwood post on Manawahua which bears

N. 77° 44’ W. from the Honouliuli Trig. Station near Kaulu, and

S. 63° 16 ½’ W. 9115 feet along Nanakuli to a pile of stones on the ridge and thence

S. 44° 47’ W. 3200 feet along Nanakuli to the Pili o Kahe to a marked rock at the end of a stone wall by the road on the shore, thence

S. 20° 53’ E. 28175 feet along the sea to Laeloa or Barbers Point & thence

N. 82° 56’ E. 28641 feet along the sea to a large pile of stones in Oneula to Puuloa trig station at windmill

N. 69° 41 E. 18720 feet thence along short to stone pillar at Hakeeka N. 22° 20 W 10,010 ft.

Area of Puuloa 2,610 acres

Area of Honouliuli 43,250 acres…

Excepting and reserving to the Hawaiian Government, all mineral or metallic mines of every description.

To Have and to Hold the above granted Land in Fee Simple, unto the said M. Kekauonohi, Heirs and Assigns forever, subject to the taxes to be from time to time imposed by the Legislative Council, equally upon all Landed Property held in Fee Simple.

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.