JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- Military spouses can immerse themselves in interactive workshops and experience Hawaiian culture at the 2012 Joint Spouses Conference-Hawaii, at the Ford Island Conference Center, Oct. 20, here.

"Anchors Away in Paradise" is the theme of this year's 18th conference, formerly called the Joint Women's Conference.

Spouses can choose from more than 25 workshops, to be held at such venues as the Battleship Missouri Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Museum. Workshops include hands-on instruction in photography, interior decorating and art, and personal styling workshops.

Mrs. Hawaii 2012, Stacey Bass Snee, will be guest speaker. Snee is a Navy spouse, married to Cmdr. Dave Snee, executive officer, USS Hopper.

A Naval Academy graduate, Mrs. Snee served in the Navy as a naval surface warfare officer and meteorology/oceanography officer. She will compete for the title of Mrs. American in August, in Tucson, Ariz.

(Editor's Note: Spangler is managing editor for the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Hookele.)