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      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 contributed to.

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 .

        Lemanatele Mark Kneubuhl ,       ... but I called him Papa