Bureau of Conveyances—Selected Records from the Ahupua‘a of Honouliuli, 1847–1877

This index includes several of the primary records of conveyance of lands in Honouliuli Ahupua‘a. The major focus is on the larger tracts of land which were subsequently developed into saltworks, ranching, plantation, and military operations. Several of the conveyances also provide samples of how and when native tenant kuleana were transferred to larger landowner shares. For lands of the Hoakalei preservation sites and lagoon area, only the large ahupua‘a conveyance deeds cover transfer of title as no small parcels were held in fee by individuals.

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The following conveys the estate of Isaac Montgomery to Charles W. Vincent.

For and in consideration of the sum of Eight Thousand dollars to me in hand paid by Charles W. Vincent of Honolulu Island of Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, the receipt whereof I hereby confess & acknowledge, bargained, granted, sold, assigned and transferred to the said Charles W. Vincent, all my right, title, interest and Estate of in and to, the within described Estate. To have and to hold the same to him, his heirs, Executors, administrators and assigns forever.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 15th day of September A.D. 1849.

(Sig.) Isaac Montgomery

In presence of
(Sig.) Frank Manini
I. O. Carter1


1Liber 4, p. 41–42, September 15, 1849.

This is a lease of Puuloa Salt Works from M. Kekauonohi to I. Montgomery. It is a conveyance record on file at the Bureau of Conveyances.

Olelo Hoolimalima

Mawaena o M. Kekauonohi ma kekahi aoao a me Isaac Montgomery ma kekahi aoao.

Ke ae aku nei o M. Kekauonohi e lilo ia Isaac Montgomery kona Loko paakai ma Puuloa, Mokupuni o Oahu, no na makahiki eono mai keia la aku.

Na Isaac Montgomery ka mahele paakai o M. Kekauonohi me na Kanaka, aia no ia Isaac Montgomery a olelo no ia mea, e like me ka M. Kekauonohi mau ana.

Ke ae aku nei o Isaac Montgomery ma kona aoao e uku pono aku oia a me kona mau hope ia M. Kekauonohi i na Dala maikai Elima Haneri no kela makahiki keia makahiki a pau na makahiki i oleloia maluna.

Eia kekahi mea i ae like ia, E hiki no ia Isaac Montgomery ke kukulu i mau hale waiho paakai ma kahi ana e makemake ai, a hiki no na kaa ke hele malaila no ka lawe ana i ka paakai.

A pau na makahiki Eono, e hoihoi mai oia a me kona mau hope i ua aina nei a me na hale a pau maluna, ia M. Kekauonohi a i kona mau hooilina a hope paha.

Aole no hoi e kue o ua Montgomery la i na kanawai of keia Aupuni ma kona noho ana malaila.

A no ka oiaio o keia olelo, ke kau nei maua i ko maua mau inoa a me na Sila i keia la 16, o Iulai 1847, ma Honolulu, Oahu.

(signed) M. Kekauonohi (seal)
Isaac Montgomery (seal)

Ike maka
A. Kealiiahonui
S. P. Kalama1

A translation of the document is below.

Rental Agreement

Between M. Kekauonohi of one part and Isaac Montgomery of the other part.

M. Kekauonohi hereby agrees to let out her salt ponds at Puuloa, Island of Oahu to Isaac Montgomery for the term of six years from this date.

The salt section of M. Keakuonohi and the natives is for Isaac Montgomery. It is there for Isaac Montgomery as stated just as it was under M. Kekauonohi.

Isaac Montgomery agrees on his part, and on the part of his administrators, to truly pay M. Kekauonohi Five Hundred Dollars for each year as cited above.

Here also is this agreement, that Isaac Montgomery may build storage houses in which to hold the salt, at the place he desired, and that carts may travel there to take the salt.

At the end of the six years, he and or his executors shall return the land and the buildings upon it to M. Kekauonohi, her heirs or assigns.

Said Montgomery shall not oppose the laws of this Nation during his residency there.

In witness of the truth of this state, we hereby affix our names and seals on this 16th day of July, 1847, at Honolulu, Oahu.

(signed) M. Kekauonohi (seal)
Isaac Montgomery (seal)

Witnesses:
A. Kealiiahonui
S. P. Kalama2

In 1948, half of the saltworks was subleased to George Pelly. The following documents the sublease.

Ke haawi aku nei au me ka hoolilo aku i kekahi hapalua o ka waiwai i lilo mai iau ma keia palapala, no ka mea, ua loaa iau ka waiwai like; ua hoomaopopoia hoi, e mahele like ia ka waiwai i laa; no George Pelly a me kona mau hooilina a me kona mau hoe, a he kuleana like loa hoi me ko Isaac Montgomery a me kona mau hooilina ame kona mau hope, he hapalua a he hapalua a laua a elua; i mahele like ia hoi ka waiwai i lilo.

(Signed) Isaac Montgomery
Geo. Pelly

Ikemaka
Geo. T. Allen
L. Andrews, Jr.3

The sublease is translated below.

I hereby makeover and transfer one half share of the property leased me in the within document, for value received; it being understood that each party, that is to say George Pelly, his heirs & executors, shall have equal rights with the said Isaac Montgomery, his heirs and executors, half & half, each being one half share of the expenses.

(Sig.) Isaac Montgomery
Geo. Pelly

Witnesses
(Sig.) Geo. T. Allen
L. Andrews, Jr.4

 In 1854, C. W. Vincent and Maria Mauli Vincent mortgaged Puuloa Salt Works and vicinity to B. F. Angel. The following document records that conveyance.

Know all men by these presents that We, the undersigned now being at Honolulu, Island of Oahu, for and in consideration of five thousand dollars to us in hand paid by B. F. Angel now likewise living at Honolulu, aforesaid, the receipt whereof we hereby acknowledge, do grant, bargain, and sell … unto B. F. Angel and unto his heirs and assigns forever all that certain lot of land situated in the Island of Oahu, known and described as follows:

Commencing at the mauka South corner at point of this land at a place called Lae Kekai at the Bend of Pearl River and running along the edge of Pearl River makai side taking the fish ponds call Pamoku, Okiokilipi and Pakule to the open seas, thence following along the sea coast reserving the reef in front of the end of a stone wall in the sea on a land called Kupaka at the mauka West corner of the land, thence running North 25 East to place of Commencement.

Being the same lot of land conveyed to Isaac Montgomery by M. Kekauonohi by a Deed dated Sept. 7, 1849, and by the said Isaac Montgomery conveyed to Charles W. Vincent by an instrument dated September 15, 1849, which said instruments are of Record at Liber 4th pages 41 & 42. Miscellaneous conveyances to which said Deeds a plot of survey is appended by which the above described land is said to contain an area of two thousand two hundred and forty four acres.

To have and told the above described premises and all the tenements and hereditaments thereon situated with this my covenant of warranty and lawful seizure unto the said B. F. Angel and to his heirs and assigns forever.

Provided nevertheless that if the undersigned shall pay or cause to be paid unto the said B. F. Angel, his heirs or assigns the aforesaid sum of five thousand dollars with interest of 2 percent per month on or before the 1st day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty five as expressed in a certain promissory note of concurrent date with these present to which said note this mortgage is collateral with this Deed together with the said note shall both be absolutely void to all intents & purposes … Personally appeared before me Maria Mauli Vincent, to me well known as the wife of Charles W. Vincent, and being examined apart from her husband acknowledge that she signed the foregoing document for the purposes there set forth of her own free will.5

On November 1, 1855, Charles W. Vincent declared that the mortgage had been paid in full, and Daniel Montgomery had full title of the property returned to him.6

Daniel Montgomery mortgaged the land of Puuloa Salt Works and vicinity to Benjamin F. Angel in 1855. The following deed records that conveyance.

This indenture made and entered into this first day of November A.D. 1855 between Daniel Montgomery of the island of Oahu … of the first part and Benjamin F. Angel of the second part. Witnesseth that the said party of first part for and in consideration of the sum of five thousand dollars to him in hand paid by the party of the second part … hath hereby granted, bargained and sold unto the said Benjamin F. Angel… that certain tract or parcel of land and the improvements thereon situated, lying and being in the island of Oahu … and described and bounded as follows to wit:

Commencing at mauka South corner or point of this land at a place called Lae Kekai at the bend of Pearl River and running along the edge of Pearl River makai side taking the fish ponds call Pamoku, Okiokilipi and Pakule to the open sea. Thence following along the edge of the sea reserving all the reef in front to end of a stone wall by sea on a land called Kupaka at the mauka West corner of the land. Thence running North 25 East 283 direct including two thousand two hundred and forty four acres.

Said land so described being known and designated as the Puuloa Salt Works. To have and to hold the above described tract of land with the buildings and improvements thereon unto the said Benjamin F. Angel, his heirs, executors and assigns forever. This conveyance is intended as a mortgage to secure the payment of the sum of five thousand dollars in the year from the date of these presents, with interest at the rate of two per cent per month under the condition of a certain promissory note bearing even date.7

On October 31, 1856, Benjamin F. Angel declared that the mortgage had been paid in full, and Daniel Montgomery had full title of the property returned to him.8

Daniel Montgomery conveyed the Puuloa Salt Works and vicinity via the following mortgage deed to James F. B. Marshall in 1857.

This indenture made and entered into this twenty fifth day of May, A.D. Eighteen Hundred & fifty seven. Between Daniel Montgomery of the Island of Oahu… of the first part, and James F. B. Marshall of Honolulu… Witnesseth that the said party of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of Three Thousand Dollars in his hand paid by the party of the second part… hath granted, bargained, and sold… unto the said James F. B. Marshall… all that certain tract or parcel of land with the improvements there on, situate or lying and being in the Island of Oahu… and described & bounded as follows to wit:

Commencing at mauka North corner on point of this land at a place called Lae Hukaa at bend of Pearl River and running along edge of Pearl River, makai side taking in three fish ponds called Pamoku, Okiokilipi and Pakule to open sea; thence following along edge of sea, reserving all the reef in from to end of stone wall by sea in land called Kupaka at the makai west corner of this land; thence running North 25 East 283 direct, including an area of Two thousand two hundred and forty four acres. Said land so described by known and designated as the Puuloa Salt Works. TO have and to hold the above described tract of land with the buildings and improvements there on unto the said James F. B. Marshall… forever.

This conveyance is intended as a mortgage to secure the payment of the sum of Three Thousand Dollars in one year from the date of these present, with interest at the rate of one and one half per cent per month, payable semi-annually according to the conditions of a certain promissory note bearing even date.9

On February 23, 1858, James F. B. Marshall declared that the mortgage had been paid in full, and Daniel Montgomery had full title of the property returned to him.10

Montgomery mortgaged Puuloa Salt Works and vicinity to Henry J. H. Holdsworth in 1858.

Know all men by these presents, that I Daniel Montgomery of Puuloa, Island of Oahu, for & in consideration of the sum of Four Thousand Dollars to me in hand paid by Henry J. H. Holdsworth of Honolulu… do hereby grant, bargain, sell, alien, release & confirm unto the said Henry J. H. Holdsworth… all that tract of Land called & known as the Puuloa Estate and Salt Works on the Island of Oahu which was granted by M. Kekauonohi to Isaac Montgomery by deed dated the 7th day of September 1849 and recorded in Liber 4 on pages 41 & 42, & afterwards legally vested in me by assignment together with houses, buildings & improvements, rights of easements & appurtenances thereunto belonging… To have & to hold the said land & premises unto the said Henry J. H. Holdsworth… forever. But subject to the proviso for redemption herein after contained, that is to say that whereas the said Henry J. H. Holdsworth has this day loaned to the said Daniel Montgomery the sum of Four Thousand Dollars for which and the interest to grow due thereon the said Daniel Montgomery has made this promissory note… of even date herewith payable twelve months after date with interested at Eighteen per cent per annum payable semiannually.11

On May 14, 1859, Henry J. H. Holdsworth declared that the mortgage had been paid in full, and Daniel Montgomery had full title of the property returned to him.12

Montgomery again mortgaged the land in 1859 to Charlotte Coady.

Daniel Montgomery and Charlotte Coady (widow of Richard Coady) of Honolulu, entered into a mortgage deed agreements for the lands known as “All that tract of land called & known as the Puuloa Estate & Salt Works.”

The description of the mortgage agreement follows the same general format as those in preceding years, with conditions being:

The sum of Three Thousand Dollars, payable in two years from date, with interest at the rate of one per cent per month, payable quarterly.13

In 1863, Charlotte Coady declared that the mortgage had been paid in full, and Daniel Montgomery had full title of the property returned to him.14

John Meek deeded the Puuloa Salt Works and vicinity to Puanani in 1866. The following document records that conveyance.

This conveyance of land is executed on this 22nd day of June, 1866, between John Meek of Honolulu… party of the first part, and Puanani (k), heir of the late Kauouo of Honouliuli, Ewa… of the second part. Witnesseth that the party of the first part aforesaid hereby grants bargains and sells to Puanani, his heirs and assigns that parcel of land situated at Honouliuli, known in Royal Patent Number 3091, granted to Kaopala by Kamehameha, and conveyed by Kaopala to John Meek, and known by the following boundaries:

Parcel 5 in Kalokoeli – beginning at the Western corner and running South 56° East 154 links, along Kahawai; North 27° East 204 links along Keole; North 83 1/2° West 184 links along Kaalawahi; South 80° West 244 links along Kama to the first corner. .396 acre. And containing all things appertaining to it, being conveyed to Puanani, his heirs and assigns for all time. He has granted to John Meek a parcel of land as described

The party of the second part aforesaid hereby conveys and grants by this instrument unto John Meek, his heirs and assigns all that parcel of land situated at Honouliuli, Ewa, Oahu, which was granted to Kauouo in confirmation of Land Commission Award No. 756, and inherited by me from Kauouo, known by the boundaries given below. The moo land of Maui in the ili of Kaaumakua, Honouliuli E. O. Beginning at the North Eastern corner and running South 4° East 6.42 chains along the boundary of Mokumeha; then South 70° West 2.35 chains along the boundary of the pa aina; thence North 10° 3.78 chains along the boundary of Kanuwahine; thence North 30° West 3.14 chains to the corner; thence North 72° East 1.82 chains along the land boundary of Wahinenui; thence East 2.80 chains to the point of commencement. Containing 1 acre 9.22 chains total, along with all things appertaining there. Being conveyed to John Meek, his heirs and assigns for all time. This being granted in exchange for the land granted to Puanani, as described above.15

In 1862, Daniel Montgomery transferred his interest in the Puuloa Salt Works to Isaac Montgomery.

Know all men by these presents that I the undersigned Daniel Montgomery of Honolulu … for & in consideration of the sum of one dollar to me in hand paid by Isaac Montgomery of the same place … do grant, bargain, & sell unto the said Isaac Montgomery all my right, title & interest in & to the Estate known as “The Puuloa Salt Works” on the island of Oahu, being the same Estate conveyed to me by C. W. Vincent by a certain instrument dated the 19th day of June A.D. one thousand eight hundred & fifty five & of Record in the Office of the Registrar of Conveyances in Liber 7 on pages 108 & 109, & miscellaneous records. To have & to hold thee above described property unto the said Isaac Montgomery, his heirs & assigns forever.16

Later, in 1863, Isaac Montgomery and wife sold the Puuloa Salt Works to Prescove S. Wilcox and Charles L. Richards.

Know all men by these presents that we the undersigned Isaac Montgomery and Kepani Montgomery his wife for & in consideration of Ten Thousand and Seventy Nine Dollars to us in hand paid, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, have granted, bargained and sold … unto Prescove S. Wilcox and Charles L. Richards of Honolulu… all that tract or parcel of land situated on the Island of Oahu known as the “Puuloa Salt Works” being the tract of land conveyed to Isaac Montgomery by a certain Deed from M. Kekauluohi [Kekauonohi] dated the 7th day of Sept. A.D. 1849 together with all the buildings, improvements & appurtenances thereto belonging or thereon situated…

To have & to hold to the said Prescove S. Wilcox and Charles L. Richards, their heirs & assigns forever.17

The confirmation of the transaction is below.

Know all men that whereas Isaac Montgomery and Kepani his wife have this day made to us [Wilcox and Richards] a Deed conveying the Estate known as the Puuloa Salt Works, and another Estate in the said Deed described as having been conveyed to Daniel Montgomery by Henry Chamberlain on the 6th day of August 1855. Now therefor it has been understood & agreed between us, that we the undersigned shall receive all the product of the said Estate and sell and dispose of the same for the benefit and account of Isaac Montgomery, And that an accurate account shall be kept of all transactions. And an account state each six month. The said Isaac Montgomery to carry on the Estate and at any time when the said Isaac Montgomery his heirs & assigns shall have paid up the sum now advanced by us or anyone on his behalf shall have so paid the said sum & interest advanced as aforesaid. We will & our heirs or assigns shall reconvey to the said Isaac Montgomery his heirs & assigns the said “Puuloa Salt Works” & other Estate by the said Deed of Conveyance above referred to.18

In 1870, Isaac Montgomery deeded the Puuloa Salt Works Estate to Abraham W. Peirce, Ebenezer F. Nye, and Peter C. Jones, Jr.

Know all men by these presents that I, Isaac Montgomery of Honolulu, Island of Oahu … for and in consideration of the sum of Thirty Thousand Dollars to me in hand paid by Abraham W. Peirce, Ebenezer F. Nye and Peter C. Jones, Jr., all of Honolulu… have given, granted, bargained, and conveyed … unto the said Abraham W. Peirce, Ebenezer F. Nye and Peter C. Jones, Jr., their heirs and assigns forever, all that tract or parcel of land situate on the island of Oahu … known as the Puuloa Salt Works, being the same estate as conveyed to me by M. Kekauonohi by deed dated the 7th day of September A.D. 1849, and recorded in the Registry Office in Honolulu in Liber 4 on pages 41 and 42, and therein more fully bounded and described; and also all buildings, erections, structures, improvements, salt in bulk, or in vats, furniture in the houses, cattle, horses, carts, boats, canoes, nets and all other property of whatsoever name and nature on the said Puuloa Estate being together with all the rights, privileges, tenements, hereditaments, to the said premises belonging… and all my right, title, interest, claim and demand, in law and in equity in the said above granted premises.19

Subsequently, Peirce, Nye, and Jones mortgaged the said estate to Montgomery.

Know all men by these presents that whereas we, Abraham W. Peirce, Ebenezer F. Nye and Peter C. Jones, Jr. … are justly indebted to Isaac Montgomery… at the day of these presents in the sum of Fifteen Thousand Dollars, half of the purchase money of the estate known as the Puuloa Works for which we have given our joint note, therefore for the better securing of the payment of said note, we have given, granted, bargained, sold and conveyed… unto the said Isaac Montgomery, his heirs and assigns forever, all that tract or parcel of land… known as the “Puuloa Salt Works… ”

To have and to hold the same with the appurtenances unto the said Isaac Montgomery, his heirs and assigns forever. This conveyance is intended as a Mortgage to secure the payment of a certain promissory note for the said sum of Fifteen Thousand Dollars, dated the 20th day of April A.D. 1870… and payable to the said Isaac Montgomery on order in two years from date with interest at nine per cent per annum.20

W. C. Parke, executor of the estate of Isaac Montgomery, declared that the Mortgage had been paid in full in 1874.21


1Liber 3, p. 212–213, July 16, 1847.
2Translated by Maly.
3January 12, 1848.
4Translated by Maly.
5Liber 6, p. 363–365, November 4, 1854.
6Ibid., p. 364.
7Liber 6, p. 762–763, November 1, 1855.
8Ibid., p. 762.
9Liber 9, p. 266–267, May 25, 1857.
10Ibid., p. 266.
11Liber 10, p. 164–165, February 24, 1858.
12Ibid., p. 164.
13Liber 11, p. 502–503.
14Ibid., p. 502, February 23, 1863.
15Liber 12, p. 357–358, June 22, 1866. Translated by Maly.
16Liber 16, p. 258, December 28, 1862.
17Liber 16, p. 259–260, January 17, 1863.
18Liber 16, p. 260, February 17, 1863.
19Liber 31, p. 24–25, April 20, 1870.
20Liber 31, p. 25–27, April 20, 1870.
21Ibid., p. 26, May 6, 1874.

Levi Haalelea deeded the ahupuaa of Honouliuli as a mortgage to Benjamin F. Snow in 1857.

This indenture made this twentieth day of April A.D. one thousand eight hundred and fifty seven, between Levi Haalelea of Honolulu … of the first part and Benjamin Franklin Snow of Honolulu aforesaid of the second part. Witnesseth: that the said party of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of Five Thousand Five Hundred Dollars to him in hand paid by the said party of the second part … hath given, granted, bargained, sold, conveyed and confirmed … to the party of the second part, his heirs and assigns forever that certain tract or parcel of Land situate on the Island of Oahu … in the “Kaulana” [Kalana] or District of Ewa, known as the Ahupuaa of Honouliuli and bounded as follow:

Commencing upon the westerly side of Ewa harbor or Pearl River on the North and Easterly corner of the Land at Hulumua, following then the northerly boundary of the lands of Hoaeae and Waikele to the boundary of Waianae; thence along the line of Waianae up the Waianae Mountain to the top of the peak called Kunana, thence to the left along the top of the mountain range past hereby and westerly to the extremity; thence down along the boundary of the land called Nanakuli to the sea at a point named Kananiau; thence follow along the sea to the left to the channel called Kalaekao at the entrance of Pearl River; thence along the westerly side of Pearl River to place of commencement; containing an area of Forty Thousand acres more or less excepting & reserving however of the said land as have been conveyed to Isaac Montgomery, being twenty five hundred acres or thereabouts; and also so much as has been awarded to natives by the Board of the Land Commission being one hundred and fifty two acres, and subject also to the lease or leases now existing of the said premises or any part thereof.

To have and to hold all and singular the above mentioned and described premises together with the privileges, hereditaments and appurtenances, the rents, xxx and property thereof subject to the rights and profits there of (subject to the above mentioned in exception of said reservations) to said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns forever.

This conveyance is intended as a mortgage to secure the payment of a certain promissory note or covenant dated herewith given by the aforesaid party of the first part to the said party of the second part on the principal sum of Five Thousand and five hundred dollars, payable with interest at the rate of one and one half per cent per month at the expiration of three years from its date…

But if default shall be made in the payment of the said principal sum and of the interest thereon, or of any part thereof according to the tenor of the Promissory note, aforesaid, then the party of the second part, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns are hereby empowered to sell the premises above described or any part thereof after due issuance and advertisement in the manner present by law, and out of the money arising from such sale, to retain the said principal and interest on whatever amount may then be due.1

On April 20, 1860, Benjamin F. Angel recorded a transfer of the mortgage note; writing is illegible.2


1Liber 8, p. 606–607, April 20, 1857.

2Ibid., p. 607–608.

Levi Haalelea’s widow conveyed the ahupuaa of Honouliuli to J. H. Coney in 1867.

This Indenture made this 11th day of May 1867 between A. A. Haalelea of Hilo, Island of Hawaii, party of the first part and J. H. Coney of the same place party of the second part. Witnesseth that the said A. A. Haalelea party of the first part in consideration of the sum of one dollar to her paid by the said party of the second part … hath bargained, sold, demised, released, conveyed and confirmed unto the said J. H. Coney, party of the second part, all the goods, lands and chattels that were demised to A. A. Haalelea by the will of her late Husband L. Haalelea, to wit: The Ahupuaa of Honouliuli situate in the District of Ewa, island of Oahu, together with all the appurtenances thereto belonging. Also the Ili aina of Kalawahine in Honolulu, Kona, Oahu, together with all the appurtenances thereto belonging. Also the tract of land on Niolopa, Kona Oahu, together with all the appurtenances thereto belonging. Also the house lot known as Holani on the corner of Richards Street and the Palace Walk and adjoining lot owned by H. R. Kapakuheili and J. Kaeo and Jane Y. Lahilahi together with all the buildings and appurtenances thereto belong or in any wise appertaining … to the said party of the first part … To have and to hold for the term of five years from this date … unto the said J. H. Coney in trust and to and for the several uses and purposes herein after mentioned. Namely:

First. In trust to Lease the same and to take, collect and receive the rent, issues and profits thereof, and out of the same to keep the said premises in good repair and pay all fees and assessments and charge that may be imposed thereon.

Secondly. In trust to pay the residual of all rents, first to the remaining creditors of the Estate of the late Levi Haalelea and after said debts are fully paid, then to pay A. A. Haalelea the remainder of all rents received from the said property.

Thirdly. In trust to convey the said land and premises to such persons as she A. A. Haalelea by her last Will & Testament subscribed by her in the presence of two credible witnesses.

And the said J. H. Coney hereby declares that upon the expiration of the said year the said Trust shall cease… and the land and possessions shall belong in fee absolute to A. A. Haalelea or such person or persons as the said A. A. Haalelea shall direct and appoint… forever.1


1Liber 23, p. 319–320, May 11, 1867.

John H. Coney and his wife Ami sold the ahupuaa of Honouliuli to James Campbell in 1877. The conveyance was documented below.

This indenture made this 11th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy seven between John H. Coney of Honolulu in the Island of Oahu and Ami his wife of the first part and James Campbell of Lahaina in the Island of Maui of the second part. Witnesseth that in consideration of the sum of Ninety five thousand dollars in hand paid by the said James Campbell to the said John H. Coney at or before the execution hereof the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged. He, the said John H. Coney doth hereby grant, bargain, sell, release and convey, and the said Ami the wife of the said John H. Coney, doth for the purposed of releasing and relinquishing all her right or claim to dower of, in or to the hereditaments hereinafter described bargain, sell, remise, release, quit claim and confirm unto the said James Campbell and his heir, all that tract or parcel of land known as the Ahupuaa of Honouliuli situated in the district of Ewa in the Island of Oahu, containing Forty three thousand six hundred and forty acres or there about more particularly described in Royal Patent No. 6971 based upon land commission award No. 11,216 except such portion thereof known as Puuloa conveyed to one Isaac Montgomery by deed recorded in Liber 4 on pages 41 and 42. Together with all rights privileges and easements and appurtenances thereunto belonging, and especially all the right of the Konohiki of Fishing, wood or otherwise, and all islands, waters, rivers, streams, water courses, lochs, bays, harbors or other privileges to the said Ahupuaa belonging or appertaining or there with used, held or enjoyed, and all buildings and improvements thereon, and all the estate and interest of the said John H. Coney in and to the same and in and to all Kuleana and tracts or parcels of land lying between the boundaries of the said Ahupuaa.

To hold the same (subject to any rights of native Tenants) unto and to the use of the said James Campbell and his heirs and assigns forever. And the said John H. Coney doth hereby for himself, his heirs, executors and administrators covenant, promise and agree to and with the said James Campbell his heirs and assigns that he the said John H. Coney now hath in himself good right and full power to convey and assume the said hereditaments and premises in manner aforesaid and that the same are now free from all charges or encumbrances of what nature or kind so ever, save and except two certain leases of parts of the said lands made to the late John Meek one whereof will expire on the first day of February next and the other whereof will expire on the sixteenth day of the said month, and further that he will and his heirs, executors and administers shall warrant and defend the said lands and hereditaments hereinbefore expressed to be hereby conveyed against the lawful claims of all parties except the parties holding under the said before mentioned leases. In witness whereof the said parties to these presents have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first before written.1


1Liber 52, p. 201–202, September 11, 1877.

Below is the deed conveying Puuloa from M. Kekauonohi to Isaac Montgomery in 1849.

Know all men by these presents, that I Kekauonohi of Honolulu, Island Oahu, for and in consideration of the sum of Eleven thousand dollars, to me this day paid in hand by Isaac Montgomery also of Honolulu, Island of Oahu, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, do grant, bargain, sell, and by these presents convey unto him, the said Isaac Montgomery forever, all that tract, lot of land situate in Island of Oahu, aforesaid, and described as follows:

Commencing at mauka North Corner or Point of this land at place called Lae Kekaa at bend of Pearl River, makai side, taking in three fish ponds called Pamoku, Okiokialipi and Pakule to open sea; thence following along edge of sea (reserving all the reef in front) to end of stone wall by sea in land called Kupaka, at the makai west corner of this land; thence running N. 25° E. 282 direct to place of Commencement – Including an area of acres 2244. As the plot hereto annexed.1

To have and to hold the above conveyed premises and all the tenements, and hereditaments, situate there on with this my Covenant of warranty and lawful seizure unto the said Isaac Montgomery, his heirs, Executors, administrators, and assigns forever.

In witness whereof, the said party Kekauonohi has hereunto set her hand and seal at Honolulu this 7th day of September, 1849.

(sig) M. Kekauonohi (her seal)

Executed in presence of (Sig.) Frank Manini

Personally appeared before me M. Kekauonohi party to the forgoing Instrument and acknowledged that she had executed the same for the terms and purposes therein set forth.

(Sig) John R. Jasper Registrar of Conveyances.

Recorded & Compared this 4th day of November A.D. 18542


1Plot plan not available in Bureau collections. See Registered Map No. 77.

2Liber 4, p. 41–42, September 7, 1849.

J. H. Levi Haalelea leased his kula lands at Honouliuli to John Meek. The following documents that lease.

This lease agreement is executed on this 16th day of February, 1853, between J. H. L. Haalelea of the first part, and John Meek of the other part, both residing in Honolulu, Oahu. J. H. L. Haalelea on behalf of himself, his heirs and administrators, hereby leases to John Meek, his heirs, assigns and administrators, all of his remaining kula lands at Honouliuli. Here is the entire natures of the kula land entered into this lease, which was originally agreed upon between A. Kealiiahonui, M. Kekauonohi and John Meek, for that land called Lihue on the third day of March 1846; and in a certain lease between J. H. L. Haalelea and John Meek for the land of Waimanalo dated the 15th day of July 1854. The terms of the leases for those two lands continue and are not made a part of this lease.

Here are the places that are retained by the party of the first part, those Loko ia (fish ponds) which are on this kula, and the fishing running between the two walls, with thoughts that it will run to Mokumeha, and adjoin the kalo land lots, and also the place between Kualakai and the lot of C. W. Vincent; there is also retained that area call Kapauhi [Kapapapuhi]. There is also retained the fishery and rights appertaining to it, just as that which was retained with Waimanalo. There is also retained the land lot at Honouliuli and the kula within the lot, as well as the cultivated land at Poupouwela. None of these things are included within this lease. The livestock of John Meek may peaceably travel upon these places, without being restrained in paddocks. Poupouwela will be continued as it has in the past…

Here also is this, the trees of the mountains shall be protected as a part of this lease though the party of the first part agrees that the party of the second part may go into the forest to gather what he needs, but it shall not be for sale.

John Meek shall have the aforementioned land in lease hold for the term of twenty five years from this day forwards, with no one opposing his residency …He shall pay to said J. H. L. Haalelea, his heirs, assigns and or administrators the sum of $300.00 for each year of this lease agreements.

This lease cannot be opposed by the people who are living under the shelter of the party of the first part. At the end of the term of this lease, all of the real property, such as the houses and walls/fences, shall be retained on the land.

In witness of the truth of this lease agreement, we both set our names and seals on this sixteenth day of February, in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty three.

John Meek
J. H. L. Haalelea

Witnesses:
W. L. Moehonua
J. I. Dowsett
G. P. Rives1


1Liber 5, p. 435–436, February 16, 1853. Translated by Maly.