‘Manzanar to Mount Whitney’ Author to Speak at JCI


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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