‘Manzanar to Mount Whitney’ Author to Speak at JCI

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Hank Umemoto, pictured with two of his daughters, Jasmine Grace (left) and Michelle Nakamura, was honored by the Manzanar Committee last March at a book-signing party in Gardena. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

GARDENA — Hank Umemoto will discuss his memoir, “Manzanar to Mount Whitney: The Life and Times of a Lost Hiker,” on Sunday, July 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the JCI Nisei Veterans Hall, 1964 W. 162nd St. in Gardena.

Umemoto’s book alternates between his experiences in Manzanar during World War II and his postwar hiking trips. It is a colorfully written, sensitive and often funny account. As a teenager on his way to the internment camp, he catches a glimpse of Mt. Whitney, and the sight sparks his dream of hiking it someday.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by The Bridge: JCI Heritage Center. For more information, call (310) 324-6611 or email [email protected]

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