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Of mixed Samoan/American ancestry, Kneubuhl was an acclaimed Pacific Island playwright who died in 1992. He grew up in Samoa, was educated at Yale, wrote plays for the Honolulu Community Theater, and then spent many years living in Hollywood working as a television writer. The latter part of his career was spent back in Hawaii and Samoa, lecturing on Polynesian history and continuing to work on plays like Think of a garden.
Online resources by or about John Kneubuhl:
Honolulu Star Bulletin Feature: Mele
Author: Nadine Kam
Description: This article discusses a 1998 production of Kneubuhl’s play Mele Kanikau by the Kumu Kahua Theatre. The play was originally written in 1975, and makes wide use of the Hawaiian language.
Trout3: John Kneubuhl
Author: Lemanatele Mark Kneubuhl
Description: Short biography of Kneubuhl. Includes a link to a story writen about his death, ….But I Called Him Papa by his nephew, Lemanatele Mark Kneubuhl.
Books by John Kneubuhl:
Kneubuhl, John. Think of a garden and other plays
Honolulu : University of Hawai’i Press, 1997.
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