Oh… and don’t forget, we’ve got a luau to attend next summer…

Hawaii girl gets warm welcome from President Obama at White House

Children from around the country were invited to the White House Tuesday for the second annual Kids State Dinner.

President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to the event and couldn’t resist saying hello to another Hawaii native, 8-year-old Eleanor Cowell.

"How are you? Where’d you go to school?" the President asked.

After learning that young Cowell attends Punahou, he said, "Punahou! Buff ‘n Blue – that’s my high school!  Tell everybody I said hi."

Cowell is Hawaii’s winner in First Lady Michelle Obama’s annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. She created a curried chicken salad with a side dish of fruits she calls "The Taste of the Tropics."

The challenge is an extension of the First Lady’s "Let’s Move!" campaign to combat childhood obesity.

Eleanor Cowell's winning dish

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