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Obituary ~ Mel Kauila Clark

Horizons, Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa
Winter 2018 Issue

Mel Kauila Clark ’68 passed away on Dec. 24, 2017, Kapolei, Hawaii. His life was committed to sharing with others the principle elements of Native Hawaiian values, Aloha and physical well-being.

Kauila grew up in Wahiawa and graduated from Leilehua High School in 1963. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in drawing and painting from Graceland College in 1968 and later earned his master's degree in clay and sculpture at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.

A certified traditional native Hawaiian health practitioner, Kauila was an artist, a master potter, educator and lecturer. His artwork, internationally acclaimed, has been exhibited in 53 countries and museums such as the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Professor Clark taught design, drawing, painting, ceramics, art history and art appreciation at Graceland from 1971-83. Several of his pieces are included in Graceland’s fine art collection, and a large collaborative work adorns the Shaw Center lobby. Kauila’s legendary influence on students of all disciplines continues.

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    Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2018