de Clercq, Kuulei

Kuulei de Clercq

Married name: Kuulei Taylor

Date of birth: 7 September 1927
Date of death: 11 November 2008, Cleburne, Johnson, Texas

Kuulei is the sister of Nalani and Peggy.

Kuulei de Clercq attended Mar-Ken school in the late 1930s. She appeared in several movies in 1937.

Jean is included in a “get well” letter to fellow Lawlor Professional School student Gerry Morgan, dated May 27, 1937.

From the 1936 Lawlor Professional School Yearbook
Kuulei is listed as in elementary school in 1936.

From the November 19, 1936 Lawlor Journal:
Grade School Gradings: Nalani and Peggy DeClercq entertained at a private party Saturday night.  [Corrected in the next issue to be Nalani and Kuulei].

From the December 3, 1936 Lawlor Journal:
Nalani and Kuelei danced in Long beach for the Long Beach Ebell Club last week.

From the February 11, 1937 Lawlor Journal:
DECLERCQS WORKING AGAIN!
These two talented young Hula dancers Nalani and Kuulei Declercq entertained at the Hollywood Knickerbocker Wednesday, February 3rd for the Flood Benefit.

From the March 15, 1936 Lawlor Journal:
DeCLERQS TALK VIA WIRELESS
Mrs. DeClerq and the Little DeClerqs spoke to Mr. DeClerq over an amateur wireless system last Monday. Communication by Telephone from Honolulu costs $25 for three minutes, but by amateur radio facilities it costs nary a penny.
Don’t forget to watch for Kuulei and Nalani in Bing Crosby’s new picture “Wakiki Wedding.”

From the January 24, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
WHO’S WORKING. The de Clercqs – At the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on the Islands.

From the September 27, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
Frosh: Kuulei de Clercq is interested in algebra too.

From the October 25, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
•Kuulei de Clercq was elected Chairman of Entertainment for the Freshman Class.
•WHO’S WORKING: Jeanne Johnston and Kuulei De Clerq entertaining at the Old Soldiers Home.

From the November 8, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
HALLOWEEN PARTY: … The floor show included tap dancing by Jeanne Johnston, dances by the De Clerq sisters and original songs by Linda Ware and the Mauchs.

From the Mar-Ken 1940 Primary & Junior High Yearbook:
In the eighth grade “Last Will & Testament” in the Yearbook Kuulei leaves her temper and her figure to other students. She wrote a poem, “A Party,” and a section on the seventh and eighth grade trip to Exposition Park that are in the Yearbook.

Links to other resources about Kuulei de Clercq:

Internet Movie Database listing:
http://imdb.com/name/nm0208048/

Sketch of Kuulei by McClelland Barclay, in the Navy Art Collection:
http://www.history.navy.mil/ac/artist/b/barclay/85-236-O.jpg