2011 North American Leaders’ Summit


Statement by the White House Press Secretary on the North American Leaders’ Summit:
President Obama will host Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada and President Felipe Calderon of Mexico for the North American Leaders’ Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii on November 13, 2011.  The meeting will build on wide-ranging, on-going cooperation among the United States, Canada, and Mexico with a particular focus on competitiveness, citizen security, energy and climate change, and North America’s role in the Americas as well as in global economic, political, and security issues.  The last North American Leaders’ Summit was hosted by President Calderon in Guadalajara in August 2009.

APEC Youtube Video Contest!



Attention UH Manoa Students!
Here is a great chance for you win an iPad, Visa Cash Cards and more gift cards! Check out the UHM APEC Video Contest!
Send us a 2-4 min video on “What does APEC mean to you as a UHM student” to apec2011video@gmail.com


Deadline for application and video : October 28 2011 Midnight
Prize: 1st place  – $1,000 or iPad+Apple Store Gift Card (equal to $1,000)
          2nd place – $500 Visa Cash Card
          3rd place –  $250 Visa Cash Card
          4th place –  $150 Visa Cash Card
* Prizes may increase depending on sponsorships.
* No letters of recommendation and No resumes!

For more information and application, visit:


Hawaii Kokou Mural Project Artists


APEC Intern Meeting with Hawaii Kakou Mural Project Artists!
Big Mahalo to Roopal and Meleanna for joining us for an insightful discussion on cultures of 22 economies (21 APEC economies + the indigenous cultures!)

UHERO APEC interns are working with the indigenous artists of Hawaii in creating a grandiose mural in the convention center! It will reflect cultures and values of 22 economies. We are very excited to be involved in this project.

If you are from one of the 22 APEC economies and would like to share stories about your heritage and culture, please contact us!

Some questions you may answer about your culture are: “What are family values that are important to me? How have they been passed down from generation to generation? Why do these values apply to me and my everyday life?”

Your insights are inspiration for the artists to create the mural!


Pacific Forum CSIS 2011 APEC Conference


The 2011 APEC Conference is being co-hosted by House Representative Karen Awana and Pacific Forum at the Hawaii State Capitol on November 4, 2011.

This is a wonderful opportunity for undergrad and grad students to participate in model APEC leaders meeting on the topic of climate change. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 21. Sign up now!

Please refer to the website for more information and how to apply:




NEAEF and Free Trade Agreements at APEC

This past week, UHM hosted the 20th anniversary Northeast Asian Economic Forum conference and quite a few of our APEC interns contributed. You can see news coverage here:

I wanted to quickly share insights from our session. There is anticipation of APEC discussions on several regional trade agreements. In addition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), discussions are underway for a China, Japan, Korea (CJK) trade agreement. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is also deepening its interactions with partners in the region. The NEAEF resolution should be posted soon at http://www.neaef.org/news.html.

Graduate students Kanae Tokunaga, Tenzing and Olga Bogach Moulton were instrumental, as were Nai Yang Chang and Kyung Ri Lim.