Mamo Keaokalani Clark: Hawaiian-born actress

Mamo Clark, was born on December 6, 1914 in Honolulu, Hawaii (other resources claim Maui) to father Joseph Kealakaimana Clark & mother Evelina Mahoe Clark. Her mother past away that same year.

Mamo’s father got remarried to May Kaaolani Clark, who officially adopted Mamo. Both her step-mom & biological mom were descendants of 15th-century Hawaiian chief Liloa and distant relatives to Kamehameha.

Step-mother’s father was John Adams Kuakini Cummins, biological mother’s father was Charles Cummins Keohookalani Mahoe. Both men were of Maui Royalty.

On July 1, 1933 the Clark family boarded the SS Malolo headed to Los Angeles, CA. They brought with them a handmade Fong Inn Canopy bed made of koa wood, a travel bag marked MKC, and a historical 14 foot long spear that was known by her ancestors to have been used in many famous Hawaiian battles.

Mamo was studying at USC when she met movie director Frank Lloyd who auditioned her for a 1935 movie entitled Mutiny on the Bounty, her Hollywood debut along side actor Clark Gable. She was only 21 at the time. Mamo clark went on to star in 11 films between 1935 – 1940.

Following her film retirement, Mamo married U.S. Army Officer James Rawley, they had a son, James Rawley Jr. Returning to school, she obtained a degree in cinematography from UCLA in 1966.

Mamo Clark Rawley authored a book about her Hawaiian ancestry before her death on December 18, 1986 in Panorama City, California. The book, entitled Except Their Sun was copyrighted by her husband and published by the Abigail Kekaulike Kawānanakoa Foundation in 1994.


1935 Mutiny on the Bounty
1936 Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island
1937 The Hurricane
1937 Wallaby Jim of the Islands
1938 Hawaii Calls
1938 Air Devils
1938 Booloo
1939 Mutiny on the Blackhawk
1940 One Million B.C.
1940 Girl from God’s Country
1940 Seven Sinners