Colin Smith Named Acting Superintendent of Manzanar National Historic Site

The following is a press release from the National Park Service.


Colin Smith was named Acting Superintendent of Manzanar National Historic Site
on January 16, 2014.
Photo: National Park Service

INDEPENDENCE, CA — On January 16, the National Park Service (NPS) announced that Colin Smith, currently the Chief Ranger at Olympic National Park in Washington, has been selected to serve as Acting Superintendent of Manzanar National Historic Site from late January through March, 2014. He will temporarily replace Les Inafuku, who retired from the NPS on January 3.

Smith has worked for the NPS since 1989. His previous permanent assignments, all in law enforcement, include Point Reyes National Seashore, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Canyonlands National Park, and Joshua Tree National Park. He also served as a seasonal Park Ranger at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Devil’s Postpile National Monument.

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Community Songfest Fetes Retiring Manzanar NHS Superintendent Les Inafuku – Photos

Retiring Manzanar National Historic Site Superintendent Les Inafuku, shown here during the Community Songfest, at Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles
on December 15, 2013.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — On December 15, a “Community Songfest,” honoring retiring Manzanar National Historic Site Superintendent Les Inafuku, and to raise funds for the reconstruction of Manzanar’s residential Block 14, which will include barracks, a mess hall, and more, was held at Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo.

Sponsored by the Friends of Manzanar, the event featured musical performances by twelve different solo performers, duos or groups, including former Nisei Week Queens Lauren Kinkade Wong, and Erika Mariko Olsen.

Also featured were performances by Mary Kageyama Nomura, the “Songbird of Manzanar,” and folk singer/one-man band Ken Koshio.

Selected photos from the event, which was co-sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, may be viewed below.

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Community Songfest Fundraiser To Honor Manzanar NHS Superintendent Les Inafuku

The following is a press release from the Friends of Manzanar.


COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER: Event will also raise funds to complete reconstruction of demonstration block at Manzanar National Historic Site.

Manzanar National Historic Site
Superintendent Les Inafuku
(click above to view larger image)
Photo courtesy National Park Service

LOS ANGELES — On November 5, the Friends of Manzanar announced that a Community Songfest, honoring retiring Manzanar National Historic Site Superintendent Les Inafuku, and to raise funds for the completion of Manzanar’s Block 14, will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2013, at Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple’s (also known as Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple) Kaikan (Grand Hall), starting at 2:00 PM.

The Manzanar Committee, sponsors of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage since 1969, and the more recent Manzanar At Dusk program, is a co-sponsor of the event.

Inafuku, who was named to the top post at Manzanar NHS in September 2008, became its first Japanese American superintendent since it became a National Historic Site in March 1992.

A 38-year veteran of the National Park Service, Inafuku will retire in January after serving at sites in Hawaii, Wyoming, and Alaska, prior to his work at Manzanar NHS.

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With Federal Government Back In Business, Manzanar National Historic Site Re-Opens

National Park Service staff at Manzanar National Historic Site released this photo on their Facebook page,
with the caption: “We’re back! Our flags are flying. Manzanar National Historic Site is open.”
(click above to view larger image)
Photo courtesy National Park Service.

The following is a press release from the National Park Service.


INDEPENDENCE, CA — On October 17, Manzanar National Historic Site re-opened to visitors. All facilities and services, including the visitor center, barracks, mess hall, and auto tour road are now open.

Manzanar National Historic Site had been closed since October 1 due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.

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