A Punahou student and her grandmother had lunch at the White House today after winning a national children’s healthy cooking contest with a recipe for vegetarian poke.
Kaira Grace Pan, 9, came up with the recipe with her grandmother Jan Yap, a retired home economics teacher, and entered it in first lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for youth.
Pan is representing Hawaii at the lunch billed as the Kid’s State Dinner.
She is one of 56 children selected to attend after submitting recipes for healthy, affordable and tasty lunches.
Kaira’s dish, Poke Me Ke Aloha, emphasizes local ingredients and comprises grape tomatoes, baked tofu, edamame, ulu (breadfruit) and spinach, each seasoned separately, then assembled on one plate alongside quinoa and an Asian guacamole.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.