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Michelle Obama visits Ma’o Organic Farms

The first lady toured the Waianae farm Saturday to learn about organic farming and food sustainability


Posted November 12, 2011 by Ed Morita

Michelle Obama @ Ma'o Farms (1 of 26)

Michelle Obama @ Ma'o Farms

Complete transcript from the round table discussion can be found at WhiteHouse.gov

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  1. Posted November 13, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Great gallery, Ed! Thanks for sharing!

  2. trulyjoannies
    Posted November 13, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Ed, thanks for the photos and summary! I am most delighted for the youths, their hopes and dreams. I love the capture of the young adults laughing and smiling brightly with Michelle Obama. The beautiful background adds to the beauty of the place too. May this be a huge step in the bright future of organic farming in Hawaii. Mahalo!

  3. trulyjoannies
    Posted November 13, 2011 at 8:43 am

    And, may the new generation of chefs/cooks using locally sourced foods continue to flourish and find that they can meet demands ;)

  4. nonstopmari
    Posted November 13, 2011 at 9:30 am

    love it!! everyone looks so happy and proud. ed kenney looks starstruck. flotus looks like she’s having fun. i’d kill for a box of white house m&ms.

  5. nonstopmari
    Posted November 13, 2011 at 9:30 am

    love it!! everyone looks so happy and proud. ed kenney looks starstruck. flotus looks like she’s having fun. i’d kill for a box of white house m&ms.

  6. Posted November 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Great gallery! Loved it!

  7. KevinSOshiro
    Posted November 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Wow ? Waianae !? I don’t think there will be any gridlock traffic going towards that area, just at the Disneyland-like resort Aulani or Ko Olina (near Makakilo or Kapolei).

  8. KevinSOshiro
    Posted November 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    SustAINAble living – that is definitely will play a part in Hawaii’s future. What if the Matson company cancelled ALL shipments to Hawaii, we islanders will starve.. Going back to the old (not plantation) days – no doubt about it. Except will will have more variety of crops than just sugar cane and pineapple, two industries that had disappeared. Now, we have to have pineapple shipped from Latin America or Asia. Big Island cattle, from Parker Ranch, should be shipped locally to the interislands, instead of being first shipped to the U.S. mainland, processed with pesticide (or pasteurization) and then, shipped back to Hawaii with a higher price tag for the regular consumers (which is everybody). Great article Ed !

  9. KevinSOshiro
    Posted November 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I forgot about the fishing trade, getting plants like macadamia nuts, breadfruit (ulu), noni, coconuts; growing vegetables or having an awa/kava-producing farm !!!

  10. KevinSOshiro
    Posted November 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Hawaii regional chefs are improvising by having ingredients that are made locally from the (organic) farmers from all islands, like your Maui onions, Honoka’a tomatoes, Kona coffee from Waimea, Kauai taro, or Molokai sweet bread.

  11. Posted November 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    @Cat it was an awesome event and her PR people were very accommodating. They made sure that all the press had access to information.

  12. Posted November 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    @nonstopmari Ched Kenney was very quiet. I think he was more concerned with the meal he was cooking for her later.

  13. Posted November 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    @trulyjoannies those kids are amazing! After the way they handled themselves with the first lady and the passionate way they spoke about what they do, I have hope for the future.

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About Ed Morita

Ed Morita spent more than a decade working as a pastry chef at some of the country's premiere resorts and restaurants, including the Halekulani Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort & Spa in West Virginia, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Michigan and Longhi’s Restaurant in Honolulu. After a near-career-ending injury forced him out of the kitchen, he embarked on a new career as a food writer, photographer and blogger for Metromix Honolulu and Nonstop Honolulu (nonstophonolulu.com), where he now writes the Baker's Hours blog. He's also entered the realm of politics, serving as the photography captain for the Abercrombie for Governor campaign in 2010, then becoming Gov. Abercrombie's official photographer until 2012 when he became the Social Media Director for the Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate campaign. He's excited and honored to be the official blogger for the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. You can follow Ed's adventures online at bakershours.com.

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