Community Songfest Fetes Retiring Manzanar NHS Superintendent Les Inafuku – Photos

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.

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

Community Songfest: December 15, 2013, Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, Los Angeles

48 Photos by Gann Matsuda. © 2013 Manzanar Committee. All rights reserved. Click on any photo to view a larger image, and to scroll/click through the gallery.

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