Legal Archives Collection | Wainiha

Hui Kuai o Wainiha Records

This collection, which was digitized in its entirety, covers the time period from 1877 to 1900. One file containing 225 individual images may be found in this collection. The original documents may be found using the Hawaiʻi State Archives' Finding Aid (Series V-29). As explained by Adam Roversi in his article entitled, The Hawaiian Land Hui Movement: A Post-māhele Counter-Revolution in Land Tenure and Community Resource Management, “[i]n 1869, seventy-one Hawaiians joined together to purchase virtually the entire 15,000-acre ahupuaʻa of Wainiha on the Island of Kauaʻi. Although they held title to the land as private property, they did so communally, sharing the use and management of the unoccupied and uncultivated portions of the ahupua'a including the near shore fishery.” This group was known as Hui Kuai Aina o Wainiha. Nearly 80 years later in 1947, this Hui was forcibly broken apart in partition proceedings initiated by McBryde Sugar Co.

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  • Hui Kuai Aina o Wainiha Records, 1877 - 1900