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Poke takes 9-year-old isle girl to the White House

June 11th, 2016

For this fifth and final year of first lady Michelle Obama's Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids' "State Dinner," Hawaii's representative offered a poke dish that earned her a seat among 55 other 8- to 12-year-olds at the White House.

On July 14, Kaira Grace will share a meal with the first lady and other youths who created healthy, affordable and original lunch recipes that reflect the USDA's My Plate recommendations.

In addition, this year's challenge encouraged entrants to include locally grown ingredients from their state, territory, or community. The competition garnered more than 1,200 entries, which were pared down to include representatives from each U.S. state, five territories and the District of Columbia.

The 56 aspiring young chefs will attend the dinner hosted by Obama with a parent or guardian. The menu will feature a selection of the winning recipes

The meal will be followed by a visit to the White House Kitchen Garden.

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