[Manuscript Letter in Hawaiian Written to Richard J. Lyman Regarding a Land Deal]

[Honolulu]: 1906. [2]pp. Folio. Old fold lines, some light wear and chipping at edges. About very good. Item #2268

Manuscript letter, written in Hawaiian from the Kahala neighborhood of Honolulu, to Richard J. Lyman, a member of one of the most powerful families in the islands. Lyman (1872-1954) was the son of Rufus Anderson Lyman, a son of missionaries who rose to become an important figure in local politics, including holding office as Hawaii's territorial governor. Rufus Lyman also took the unusual step of marrying a local woman of Hawaiian and Chinese ancestry. In addition to his work in politics, he founded the Pa'auhau Sugar Plantation Company. Richard Lyman's son, Richard Jr., would go on to serve in the Constitutional Convention of 1950 and the first Hawaiian State Senate.

The present letter seems to concern a land deal involving Emalia Kaunamano (1854-1921) and her husband, Solomon Kala Kaunamano. It was written to Lyman by Rev. Stephen W. Kekuewa (1842-1920). Kahala was the most affluent neighborhood in Honolulu, unsurprising given the contacts of the people involved.

Price: $450.00