The sum of the people’s money spent to build Aliiolani Hale as well as for purchasing parcels of land for its foundation, reached $135,000! The losses from the Hawaiian Hotel and its foundation was $116,000. But if the two sums of money were added together, it would not be close to the expenses for the building of the new palace, which is known to be much greater than $300,000. We believe that there was fraud and unfair practices that went into the building of this new palace.
We would like our solon and the magi of this legislative session to properly investigate where the people’s money was spent aimlessly in this endeavor.
(Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, 5/6/1882, p. 2)