Lease of Grazing Land at Puuloa

Wilcox and Richards leased some grazing land at Puuloa outside of the salt works to John Meek and James I. Dowsett in 1863.

This Indenture made the first day of April A.D. 1863, between Wm. Richards & Co. of the first part and John Meek and James I. Dowsett of the second part, witnesseth: That the said party of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of Four hundred dollars to them in hand paid by the parties of the second part … do hereby demise, lease, and let unto the said party of the second part, their heirs, executors and assigns, the Grazing land of Puuloa, being all that is outside of the enclosure of the Salt works, commencing from the date hereof and ending on the first day of January A.D. 1868, together with the use of the Bullock and Sheep yard during the term of the lease.

It is hereby understood and agreed, that the parties of the first part reserve the privilege of pasturing sixty head of horses and working oxen, also a flock of goats not to exceed one hundred and fifty on said grazing land of Puuloa for and during the term of this lease, and said animals shall not be molested should they stray on the grazing land occupied by J. Meek…

And the said parties of the second part for themselves, their heirs and assigns will at the expiration of the term of this lease yield and deliver up to the said parties of the first part, the said demised land together with sheep and bullock yard as good order and condition as they now are.1

There is an 1864 lease of grazing land at Puuloa from Wilcox & Richards & Co. to James I. Dowsett.

This indenture made this thirteenth day of April A.D. 1864 between Wilcox – Richards & Co. of the first part, and James I. Dowsett of the second part … The party of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of four hundred dollars as advance rent to them in hand paid by the party of the second part … does hereby demise lease and let unto the said party of the second part, their heirs executors and assigns, the Grazing Land of Puuloa, being all that is outside of the enclosure of the Salt Works, for a term of three years commencing at the first of January

A.D. 1868 and ending on the first day of January A.D. 1871 together with the use of Bullock and Sheep Yards during said term.

It is hereby understood and agreed, that the party of the first part reserve the privilege of pasturing sixty head of horses and working oxen on said Grazing Land of Puuloa for and during the term of this lease, and said animals shall not be molested should they stray on the Grazing Lands now occupied by the party of the second part. The party of the first part hereby relinquishes and give up the privileges of pasturing one hundred and fifty Goats (as set forth in a lease dated the first day of April A.D. 1863) from the date hereof, said goats having been sold to party of the second part.2


1Liber 17, p. 100, April 1, 1863.

2Liber 18, p. 102–103, April 13, 1864.

Related Documents

This index includes several of the primary records of conveyance of lands in Honouliuli Ahupuaa. 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 ahupuaa conveyance deeds cover transfer of title as no small parcels were held in fee by individuals.