THE NEW PALACE.
The sum of the people’s money that was spent to build Aliiolani Hale and for the purchase of the parcels of land for its grounds totaled $135,000! The losses for the Hawaiian Hotel [Hotele Hawaii] and its grounds were $116,000. However, if these two sums of money were added together, then it would not equal the costs to build the new palace, which is known to exceed costs of $300,000. We believe that there has been misconduct and impropriety in the construction of the new palace.
We wish that our many solon [solona] and the wise men of this legislative session will investigate thoroughly where the money of the people was spent rashly.
(Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, 5/6/1882, p. 2)