John R. K. Clark

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John Clark, photo by George F. Lee
John R.K. Clark is a leading authority on Hawaii's beaches and the author of highly-acclaimed books on beaches in the 50th state. He has written six books, all published by the University of Hawaii Press:

2002: "Hawai'i Place Names: Shores, Beaches, and Surf Sites"
1999: "Hawaii's Best Beaches"
1990: "Beaches of Kaua'i and Niihau"
1985: "Beaches of the Big Island"
1980 & 1989: "The Beaches of Maui County: Maui, Moloka'i, Kaho'olawe"
1977 & 1985: "The Beaches of Oahu"

Besides writing books, Clark was Honolulu's deputy fire chief. Before joining the fire department, he was a lifeguard at Sandy Beach, where he started writing his beach books in 1972. Clark is a Punahou High School graduate, a University of Hawaii grad with a degree in Hawaiian studies, a former soldier, a scuba diver and an avid surfer.

A long-time resident of East Oahu, Clark was on the Ka Iwi Scenic Shoreline Park Initiating Committee, and helped name the area from Koko Head to Makapuu. He's a co-founder of the Halona Point Bodysurfing Association, produces ocean sporting events through his Kalahea Sports Productions and is race director for the Hawaii Dragon Boat Races.


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