Deed of Kamehameha III

Conveying Kawaiaha'o Church Lot in 1842

Below is a verbatim transcript of what the deed  actually says. I note here that one statement in the deed specifies:  “…We also believe in the resurrection of the body at the judgment of the  great day of the Lord, and in the eternal life of the righteous and the  eternal death of the wicked...”

That the remains of those who have come before us  are of importance in God’s plan seems evident. The iwi kupuna are  awaiting the “judgment of the great day” when as the Lord said in John  Chapter 5, Verses 28-29:

Kauoha Hou

"Marvel  not at this; for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the  graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done  good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto  the resurrection of damnation.” 

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"Don't be so surprised! Indeed the time is coming when all  the dead in their graves shall hear the voice of God’s Son, and shall  rise again—those who have done good, to eternal life; and those who have  continued in evil to judgment.”

What does this mean when the graves have been desecrated?

 A Deed of Conveyance of the Stone House of Worship situate at Kawaiahao, in Honolulu. 

 We (two) Kamehameha III, the Sovereign of these Hawaiian Islands and Kekauluohi  the Kuhinanui of the Kingdom, do hereby this day convey the Stone  Church (edifice) standing at Kawaiahao in the City of Honolulu unto the  members of the church (society) all of them who together with us built  this house and contributed their property to this good work: To hold this house unto themselves forever, and to those further of like doctrine with them in the righteousness of God, and worshiping God within this house in like manner with this body of church members  in time to come, but those people whose form of worship and whose  doctrine are unlike those of this ecclesiastical body have, no estate in  this house and in these premises. 

 In order to shew the [page 1] nature of the doctrine believed by this  church and in order that after generations may not mistake in this  respect it is proper to commit to the custody of writing, in this  instrument the principal matter of belief of this Church, as follows.  Will believe in Jehovah, that he is God, that He had no beginning, that  He will have no end and that He will suffer no change, that He is not  indeed visible to the bodily eye, but that He dwelleth everywhere that  He knoweth all things, that He is all powerful, all wise, and righteous  altogether, that He possesses every glory and every good, that He  created the earth and the heavens, and men and angels, both this world  and the world to come and all things that are therein, that He continues  and protects all things according to His own pleasure that he alone is  God, and that all other things whatsoever which may be called god are  vanity and the work of falsehood [page 2] it absorbeth sin and  justifieth to eternal life all the righteous who believe in Him – that  there is no other name given under heaven among men whereby we may be  Saved. That He is the King of Zion, that His is all power in heaven and  on earth, and that he will be the Judge of quick and dead.

We also believe in the Holy Spirit that it is the  Spirit of God, that it testified to men of their sin, and convinces them  of the righteousness and holiness of God, and prepares them for eternal  life in heaven.

We also believe that God has a church on earth, and  that his purpose is to establish it firmly among all nations and to make  it glorious forever, and that He desires that all who have been born  again by the good word of the Lord should make themselves members of His  church and should walk together before Him with holy heart in all his  laws and [page 3]

We further believe that the Holy Scriptures both the  Old Testament and the New Testament, is the word of God, that it is  true, that it is holy, and that it is the only guide to true doctrine  and the right service of God.

We further believe that man was made in the likeness  of God, that he was pure and happy and that he has fallen into  transgression, and therefore that of his own human nature all men of  every generation are in sin and death.

We also believe that God of His own love alone  promised to give a Savior unto life, and that according to such promise  He sent here to this world His Son, to be born of woman in the likeness  of man.

We also believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is  the Son of God, that He died on the cross as an atonement for our sins,  and also for the sins of the whole world, that there is abundant life  in His blood, that [page 4] ordinances which He has commanded.

We also believe in the resurrection of the body at  the judgment of the great day of the Lord, and in the eternal life of  the righteous and the eternal death of the wicked.


It is also hereby provided — all religious sects whose  doctrine is different from that which is set forth in this instrument,  to wit. those who worship images and those who worship God by means of  images, all who are of the denomination of the Pope, those who deny  Jehovah, and who deny the Trinity of God, those who deny that Jesus  Christ is God and that the Holy Spirit is God, those who deny the  eternal death of the wicked and the eternal life of the righteous, those  who prevent the Holy scripture by taken a part away and by adding a  part away and by adding a part to the word and the attributes of God,  these have no estate in this Church and in this Lot.

We hereby make over this  [page 5] house and this  lot with all its appurtenances unto those who shall in truth preserve  the doctrine in the instrument above written and not to them who think  otherwise.

And We hereunto set our names and our Seal at  Honolulu Oahu, in these Hawaiian Islands this twenty first day of July  in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty two…

Kamehameha III

Witness to the Signature
Keoni Kiwini
Boaz Mahuna
Iona Kapena
I. Kekaulahao [page 6]

Copied on Hawaii State Archives public copier – Translation Original translation in Safe 

Deed of Kamehameha III Conveying Kawaiaha'o Church Lot in 1842 - Hawaiian (PDF)

Deed of Kamehameha III Conveying Kawaiahao Church Lot in 1842 - Translation (PDF)