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WASHINGTON--First Lady Michelle Obama will join President Obama in his native Hawaii later this month for the
First Lady Michelle Obama will join President Obama to help host the annual APEC meeting of Asia-Pacific nations. Mrs. Obama will oversee a spouses programs and make a stop at an organic farm. Mrs. Obama hosted a spouse program during the G-8 Pittsburgh summit in 2009. Mrs. Obama is also expected to host a spouse program when her native Chicago hosts the G-8/NATO meetings next May.

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Office of the First Lady
November 1, 2011

First Lady Michelle Obama will join President Obama in hosting this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Leaders Meeting (AELM) in Hawaii. In addition to joining the President at various events, Mrs. Obama will also host a series of events during her 3-day stay focused on local farming and youth mentoring - which the First Lady will introduce to APEC Leaders' spouses - and support for military families stationed on the island. The First Lady's events on the island will focus on the two major initiatives that she has launched: Let's Move! - a national effort to reduce childhood obesity within a generation, and Joining Forces - a nation-wide initiative with Dr. Jill Biden to recognize, honor and take action to support military families.

Saturday, November 12, 2011 11:30 AM
First Lady Michelle Obama will kick off her trip with a visit to MA'O Organic Farms located in the Waianae area, the largest Native Hawaiian community in the world and one of the most economically challenged communities in the state. MA'O is a 24.5 acre certified organic farm that grows 35-45 different varieties of produce which they sell to a multitude of restaurants, grocery stores and farmers markets. The farm is primarily run by area youth who participate in the Youth Leadership Training (YLT) internship which requires interns to work for three years and in exchange receive a full tuition waiver at a local community college plus a monthly stipend.

Students will guide the First Lady on a tour of the farm and then sit down with her for a conversation about youth leadership, engagement and community responsibility as well as access to healthy, affordable food. Joining Mrs. Obama will also be Ed Kenney, Chef of Town restaurant, who has been a longtime supporter of MA'O Farms, has purchased the majority of his restaurant's produce from the farm and regularly visited with students. At the First Lady's request, Chef Kenney will prepare the luncheon meal for APEC Leaders' spouses on Sunday using local ingredients from MA'O. This event will be open press, please RSVP to by Thursday, November 10th at 5:00 PM. Members of the media will receive an email confirmation if space is available to accommodate them.

Sunday, November 13, 2011 11:30 AM:
First Lady Michelle Obama will host a special event for the APEC Leaders' spouses at the historic Kualoa Ranch, a largely preserved and protected 4,000-acre working cattle ranch established in 1850 overlooking the Palikū mountains and the Kualoa beach front. The First Lady will greet each spouse as they arrive to the ranch and invite them to a luncheon featuring local foods prepared by Hawaiian Chef Ed Kenney. Kenney will create a meal from the fresh produce harvested from MA'O farms and with the help of the farm's young interns. Spouses will also be treated to a musical performance by the Honolulu Boys Choir. This event will be covered by an international press pool.

Monday, November 14, 2011 Time TBA:
First Lady Michelle Obama will meet military families and speak at a hiring fair sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for service men and women, veterans and military families on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Since the launch of Joining Forces, the Chamber committed to hosting 100 hiring fairs and is expanding that number in the next year. To date, 63 Chamber hiring fairs have connected 55,000 veterans with more than 2,500 different employers. This event will be open press, please RSVP to by Thursday, November 10th at 5:00 PM.
Members of the media will receive an email confirmation if space is available to accommodate them.


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