Manzanar Hiker

Friday Dec 21 2012 - Sunday Dec 23 2012  10:30 AM
Manzanar National Historic Site  5001 Hwy 395, Independence, CA  map

Hank Umemoto was a teenager at Manzanar who left camp numerous occasions to hike in the Alabama Hills and Sierras. He will be back at Manzanar reading from and signing copies of his new book, Manzanar to Mount Whitney. Programs on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public; for more information call (760) 878-2194.

Hank UmemotoHank Umemoto was born in 1928 to immigrant grape farmers in Florin, a rural community near Sacramento, California. After his release from camp, he moved to Los Angeles, where he spent the first three and a half years living on skid row. After finishing high school, he worked to support himself and his mother while attending Los Angeles City College. During the Korean War, he served overseas in the army with the 38th Military Intelligence Service. After his discharge, he attended Cal State Los Angeles using funds from the GI Bill, then married, raised a family, and worked in a variety of trades and businesses. His jobs included gardener, owner of a jewelry store, owner of a mail-order business, and insurance agent with Cal Western Life. He eventually started a print shop and remained in the printing business for thirty-two years, until his retirement in his mid-seventies. He now writes for enjoyment during his sunset years.