de Clercq, Nalani

Nalani de Clercq

Married name: Nalani Kaeck

Nalani is the sister of Kuulei and Peggy.

Nalani played the part of Maile in the 1937 Bing Crosby movie, Waikiki Wedding.

From the 1936 Lawlor Professional School Yearbook:
Nalani deClercq 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 Clercq’s – At the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on the Islands.

From the Mar-Ken 1940 Yearbook, as a Freshman: 
NALANI DE CLERCQ (Born in Wahlawa, Cahul)
Here’s a girl who would rather sway to her favorite “Begin the Beguine”, than to her own native hula tunes, and who adores ice cream, clothes, movies, and dimples!! Her favorite book is “Wuthering Heights”; her hobby is playing the piano, but give her daring sports for excitement. Her favorite subject is Literature, and she prefers pale blue to any other color. She dislikes snooty people.

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.
•Thanks Nalani DeClercq for mimeo help.
•Nalani de Clercq’s birthday is January 19.

From the November 20, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
•WHO’S WHO: Nalani de Clercq – – Born January 19, in Honolulu. Has dark hair and eyes, and her specialty is hula dancing. Sole ambition is to be a great pianist, see every inch of the world, and be rich. Would like to be able to compose classics, but is afraid it is not in demand. She is fond of sports especially horse back riding, and would rather ride than eat or dance, both of which are favorite pastimes.

•THANKSGIVING PLANS: Nalani de Clercq – – Thinking about going to Hawaii.

From the November 1941 issue of the Mar-Ken Journal (student newspaper):
Nalani de Clercq – Born January 19, in Honolulu. Has dark hair and eyes and her specialty is hula dancing. Sole ambition is to be a great pianist, see every inch of the world, and be rich. Would like to be able to compose classics, but is afraid it is not in demand. She is fond of sports especially horseback riding, and would rather ride than act or dance, both of which are favorite pastimes.

Also mentioned in the November 1941 issue of the Mar-Ken Journal that she is thinking of going to Hawaii over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Links to other resources about Nalani de Clercq:

Internet Movie Database listing:
http://imdb.com/name/nm0208050/

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

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