Mamo Clark

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Mamo Clark
Mamo in Mutiny on the Bounty trailer.jpg
from the trailer for the film
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935).
Born (1914-12-06)December 6, 1914
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Died December 18, 1986(1986-12-18) (aged 72)
Panorama City, California, U.S.
Other names Mamo
Years active 1935–1940
Spouse(s) James M. Rawley

Mamo Clark, sometimes billed only as Mamo, (December 6, 1914 – December 18, 1986) was a Hawaiian born American actress and author.

Early life[edit]

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mamo Clark sailed to the mainland United States on board the SS Malolo on July 1, 1933 with her stepmother May Kaaolani Clark and father Joseph Kealakaimana Clark. Her stepmother was the daughter of John Adams Cummins. Her biological mother was Evelina Mahoe. Both her mother and stepmother were descendants of 15th century Hawaiian chief Liloa and distant relatives of Kamehameha I.[1]

Mamo Clark and her parents sailed on the voyage to the mainland United States in 1933. With them, they brought their Massive Fong Inn Koa bed, (now in the collection of Royal Hawaiian Descendants), and also a historical 14 foot long spear (now preserved in the private collection of Mr. P. Rimer of Las Vegas). According to published documentation, the spear was known in the 19th century as being the Kamaka-Ai-Kanaka, "the eye-point that eats men". The spear was known by her ancestors to have been used in many famous Hawaiian battles and is mentioned in the book Except Their Sun, written by Mamo many years later. The book was copyrighted by her husband James M. Rawley in 1994 and published by the Abigail Kekaulike Kawananakoa Foundation the same year.


Mamo Clark was educated at the University of Southern California. Clark made her film debut in a featured role in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) acting as Miamiti, Clark Gable's wife in the film. The following year she appeared in a serial Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island playing a Polynesian princess. In 1937, she appeared with her Mutiny on the Bounty co-star, Movita, in The Hurricane she played roles in several 'B-pictures', invariably with Pacific Island settings, for instance Hawaii Calls (1938).

One Million B.C. (1940) provided her with a substantial role as the "Queen of the Rock Tribe" appearing with Lon Chaney Jr. The same year Mamo appeared in the film "The Girl From Gods Country". She retired from films after a minor role in the Marlene Dietrich, John Wayne film Seven Sinners (1940) when she met and she fell in love with U.S. Army Captain James Rawley. Soon after they had a son, James Rawley Jr. Captain Rawley continued his career in the Army and was soon promoted to Major. Major Rawley retired from the U.S. Army and began an acting and teaching career in Los Angeles, California.



  1. ^ Kapiikauinamoku (April 25, 1956). "Charles Mahoe Family Descendants of Chief: The family". The Story of Maui Royalty. 

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