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Hilo Hattie (1901–1979)

Clarissa Haili was born on October 28, 1901 in Honolulu. Everyone however called her Clara. Clara first sang in her church choir and loved to dance the hula despite her mother's objections. In 1930, she married Theodore Inter. In 1940, she met Harry Owens, who got her into the movies. Clara legally took the name Hilo Hattie at the insistence of ... See full bio »

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Known For

Blue Hawaii
Blue Hawaii Waihila
Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki
Song of the Islands
City Beneath the Sea


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 1968-1970 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Mrs. Pruitt / Mrs. Kapali
- The Late John Louisiana (1970) ... Mrs. Pruitt
- Strangers in Our Own Land (1968) ... Mrs. Kapali
 1961 Blue Hawaii
 1958 Suicide Battalion
Mama Lily
 1955 The Bob Cummings Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Nelekona
- Hawaii Stays (1955) ... Mrs. Nelekona
 1955 Kismet
Ayah (uncredited)
 1955 Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki
Mama Lotus
 1954 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Tapu (1954)
 1953 City Beneath the Sea
Mama Mary
 1948 Miss Tatlock's Millions
 1945 Waikiki Melody (Short)
 1944 Tahiti Nights
 1943 Follow the Band
Hilo Hattie
 1942 Song of the Islands
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 1943 Follow the Band (performer: "Hilo Hattie" - uncredited)
 1942 Song of the Islands (performer: "Maluna Malolo Mawaena (Hawaiian Drinking Song)" (1942), "Cockeyed Mayor of Kaunakakai" (1935) (uncredited))
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 1942 Song of the Islands (dancer: "Cockeyed Mayor of Kaunakakai" - uncredited) / (technical director - uncredited)
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 1972 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Herself - Vocalist
- Episode #11.128 (1972) ... Herself - Vocalist
 1952-1955 Harry Owens and His Royal Hawaiians (TV Series)
- Episode dated 4 June 1955 (1955) ... Herself
- Episode dated 30 January 1954 (1954) ... Herself
- Episode dated 6 October 1952 (1952) ... Herself
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Recordings: Hilo Hattie (Decca 194), 3 78s (1939) Harry Owens With Hilo Hattie (Columbia 6030) Ep (C. 1950s) Hilo Hattie At The Hawaiian Village (1962) Hilo Hattie - My Hawaii (Hui Records H-100) (C. 1974) Hilo Hattie With The Hawaiian Village Serenaders (Rca Victor Lpm-3442) (1976) And Various 78s And 45s With Harry Owens Or Hawaii Calls.

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Alternate Names:

Claire Haili | Clara Nelson

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