The new Iolani Palace, 1882.

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)

Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, Buke V, Helu 18, Aoao 2. Mei 6, 1882.

Hotele Hawaii, 1882.

“The 116,000 Devil”

That Hawaiian Hotel, the building and grounds, which costed the government $116,000 which was squandered by a number of Ministers of King Kamehameha V. It stands in front of our eyes this day, a reminder of wasted money of the lahui. Its lease for the year is not enough to cover the interest of 30,000, and the government is losing 7,500 every year, and so forth everyday that the government remains the owner of the hotel which Chief Lunalilo has called, “the 116,000 devil.”

(Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, 5/6/1882, p. 2)