Harry Alama was born in 1958, and began coming to ‘Ewa Beach with his family in the mid-1960s. Harry’s family secured leases on three lots from the Dowsett-Parish family and built homes along the ‘Ewa Beach coast in the late 1930s, early 1940s. When the war broke out they were unable to return to the shore, but after the war, they settled back in. In the early 1960s, development was coming to ‘Ewa Beach and the family decided to give up some of the leases—those are the lands that were later associated with Ted Farm and family.
The following is a hali‘a aloha of Honouliuli written by Mark Kahalekulu. The narrative is dated August 29, 2012 and is entitled “Diving the Three Stones, ‘One‘ula Beach.” It is written as notes to mo‘opuna, and contains important background on ocean resources. Mark ‘Ehukai Kahalekulu kindly granted permission to Kepā Maly on April 25, 2014 to share this one of several hali‘a aloha.
Mark ‘Ehukai Kwock Sun Yoshio Kahalekulu was born in 1956 along the Honouliuli coast, at ‘Ewa Beach. His kupuna father worked for the Dowsett-Parish Ranch on the Pu‘uloa lands, and lived at various locations between Pu‘uloa, One‘ula, and Kualaka‘i. The Kahalekulu line originated in the Ho‘okena-Ho‘opūloa Region of South Kona, and were displaced by the 1926 Mauna Loa eruption. Mark’s entire young life from toddler through high school was connected to the ocean and nearshore lands of the Honouliuli Ahupua‘a.
Anaderia A. Haalelea, Levi Haalelea’s widow, leased a portion of Honouliuli Ahupua‘a and the fishery to James I. Dowsett in 1865.
Levi Haalelea leased the Honouliuli Fishery to Daniel Montgomery in 1860.
This lease of Fishery privileges made on the twenty fifth day of December 1860, between Levi Haalelea of Honolulu on the first part and Daniel Montgomery of Puuloa, Ewa… of the second part. Witnesseth that the said Haalelea does hereby agree to Lease & doth lease unto the said Montgomery all his fishing rights & privileges (owned by him as Konohiki of the land called Honouliuli) in that portion of the sea of the said Ahupuaa of Honouliuli, contained within the following viz.:
The Boundary Commission established these boundaries for Hoaeae Ahupua‘a, from the boundary with Honouliuli:
1. The boundary between this land and Hoaeae was first surveyed by J. Metcalf May 29, 1848, and the “Kula” of Hoaeae was awarded to L. Rees by this survey.
See Award 193, Volume 1, p. 536.
In pre-western contact Hawai‘i, all ‘āina, kai lawai‘a, and natural resources extending from the mountaintops to the depths of the ocean were held in “trust” by the high chiefs—mō‘ī, ali‘i ‘ai moku, or ali‘i ‘ai ahupua‘a. The right to use plots of land, fisheries, and natural resources was given to the hoa‘āina at the prerogative of the ali‘i and their representatives or land agents, often referred to as konohiki or haku ‘aina.
The following article, entitled “Fish receipts at the Public Market” and dated May 8, 1898, is a report of fish sold at Honolulu Market. It states how many fish came from Honouliuli.
The following case regards trespassing in a fishery at Auiole, Honouliuli. It was heard by Justices Judd, Bickerton, and Dole of the Supreme Court of Hawai‘i sitting in banco during the October term in 1892. It was brought by Mew Kuno Tung and twenty others, composing the Fishing Company of Sun Chan Lee, vs. Wong Ka Mau and ten others. By written agreement of parties and counsel Mr. Dole joined in this decision, though he had resigned as a justice of the Supreme Court after argument and before decision.
The following dispute concerning Honouliuli fishery rights was brought before the Supreme Court of the Hawaiian Islands during a special banco term in December, 1883.