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Jonathan Osorio

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839772

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839772.001.0001

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How Pono Prevailed in Pīla‘a

How Pono Prevailed in Pīla‘a

(p.45) How Pono Prevailed in Pīla‘a
I Ulu I Ka 'Aina

Carlos Andrade

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter presents the author's account of settling with his family on a piece of land that was owned by his great grandfather. Pīlaʻa ahupuaʻa, in which the family kuleana ʻāina were situated, was part of a Māhele awarded to William Charles Lunalilo, the sixth sovereign to govern the nation of Hawaiʻi. One evening they found that there was no water in their house. Upon investigation, they discovered that without any warning, someone had destroyed and buried the intake portion of the system they built for irrigation and household needs. This intentional destruction of the water intake was the beginning of a battle of wits, information, and power that would play out in personal confrontations and the judicial system. The author believes that the destruction of the water system and other related acts were designed to discourage his family from maintaining their hoaʻāina relationship with the land. They were being compelled to give up the ʻāina altogether, just as many others had been in the history of the nation.

Keywords:   land, settlement, litigation, judicial system

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