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Land Act of 1895

“The first homestead act to acquire small holdings was passed in 1884.” “The results of these homestead laws were beneficial in placing homes, which have been greatly improved, into the possession of numerous families of moderate means. They did not, however, meet all of the requirements, hence these laws were supplanted by the land act of 1895.” (USDA, Stubbs, 1901)

“In 1895, the Provisional Government of the Republic of Hawaii, passed the Land Act (Act of August 14, 1895, Act 26, [1895] Hawaii Laws Spec. Sess. 49-83). In this act, three types of homestead agreements were defined: (1) the Homestead lease; (2) the Right of Purchase Lease; and (3) the Cash Freehold Agreement.” “An important feature of this fact was the general requirement of cultivation and improvement of lands taken up, as well as residence thereon for a term of years.”

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Laws Against ‘Forsaking of Farms’

“In the spirit of this constitutional distinction, on the 7th of June, 1830, the Nobles, with the sanction of the King, passed some ordinances or rules respecting applications for farms, forsaking of farms, disposing of farms, and the management of farms, having in view the encouragement of industry. … ‘Those men who have no land, not even a garden, nor any place to cultivate, and yet wish to labor for the purpose of obtaining the object of their desires may apply to the land agent, or the governor, or the King, for any piece of land which is not already cultivated by another person, and such piece shall be given him.’” (Revised Laws of Hawaii) The law noted, “No man living on a farm whose name is recorded by his landlord, shall without cause desert the land of his landlord. Nor shall the landlord causelessly dispossess his tenant. These are crimes in the eyes of the law.”

“If any portion of the good land be overgrown with weeds, and the landlord sees that it continues thus after a year and six months from the circulation of this law of taxation then the person whose duty it is shall put that place which he permitted to grow up with weeds under a good state of cultivation, and then leave it to his landlord. This shall be the penalty for all in every place who permit the land to be overrun with weeds. The same rule shall apply to sub-landlords and sub-tenants. … And if they are unable to cultivate the whole, then the landlord may take possession of what remains for himself, and seek new tenants at his discretion.” (Kingdom Laws of 1842)

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