By his own reckoning, John Kneubuhl was "the worlds greatest
Swiss/Welsh/Samoan playwright." The son of a Samoan mother and an
American father, Kneubuhl's multicultural heritage produced a
distinctive artistic vision that formed the basis of his most powerful
dramatic work. Born and raised in Samoa, Kneubuhl attended school in
Honolulu, and studied under Thorton Wilder at Yale. Returning to
Hawaii in the mid 1940s, he won acclaim as a playwright with the
Honolulu Community Theater, but then moved to Hollywood for a long
successful career as a writer for television. Have Gun Will Travel,
Wild Wild West, Startrek, & Hawaii 5-0 were among the many series he
After twenty years, Kneubuhl was back in Samoa, lecturing on
Polynesian history and culture and doing what he truly loved...
gardening and writing plays. Kneubuhl died in 1992. A collection of
his later plays, "Think Of A Garden," was published earlier this year
by the University of Hawaii Press .
Mark Kneubuhl , ... but I called him Papa