First Lady Michelle Obama to Visit Wai`anae’s MA`O Farms on Nov 12

First Lady Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama will be on Oahu with President Barack Obama for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. She will visit MA’O Organic Farms in Waianae on Nov. 12. Here’s an excerpt from an article by Susan Essoyan, “First Lady to Visit Waianae Organic Farm,” that appeared in the Star-Advertiser on Nov. 5:

College interns in the farm’s Youth Leadership Training program help run the 24-acre farm, which supplies some of the top restaurants in Honolulu as well as family kitchens across the island. The interns earn tuition waivers and a stipend while learning farming, finance and leadership skills.

“It’s such an honor for them to be able to represent Hawaii,” said Kukui Maunakea-Forth, the farm’s executive director. “They want to make the most of their time with the first lady, share what’s going on in their lives, what mentorship and entrepreneurship look like on the ground. They are literally champions of food security and sustainable agriculture in our state.”

On Nov. 13, Michelle Obama will treat the spouses of world leaders to some of the island’s most spectacular scenery at Kualoa Ranch, where they will enjoy a meal featuring fresh MA’O produce, prepared by chef Ed Kenney, who relies on the farm for most of the vegetables served at his restaurants, town and Downtown.