Hawaii Island Gourmet Blog
Of course sweet potato chips are tasty. The sweeter taste of a Hawaii grown purple sweet potato goes perfectly with a light salting. In addition to the great taste, sweet potato chips are also healthier than their white potato counter parts.
Purple Sweet Potatoes are high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin A, B-6 and C to name a few. Sweet potatoes also rate lower on the glycemic index meaning your have less of a spike in your blood sugar which is better for your pancreas.
In addition to the above health benefits, purple sweet potatoes contain high levels of antioxidants which may help prevent cancer. These antioxidants come from anthocyanins, which occur naturally in purple sweet potatoes and give them their deep purple color.
Now that we know how healthy the sweet potato can be, let’s talk about what makes our sweet potato chips so special. Hawaii Island Gourmet was first started in 1936 and has always focused on using quality ingredients. The process starts with premium purple sweet potatoes. Our sweet potatoes come from local farmers here on the Big Island. The farmers deliver the sweet potatoes right to our factory, where they are turned into delicious chips. Short delivery times means that we use the freshest sweet potatoes possible.
We use only three ingredients to make our sweet potato chips (sweet potatoes, oil, and salt). We don’t use any additional preservatives or additives, but instead rely on the quality of our ingredients and our time proven cooking methods. The resulting sweet potato chips are some of the best made today.
Give our sweet potato chips a try today to see the difference for yourself. You can find them on the shelves here in Hawaii or can purchase them from our online store: Hawaii Island Gourmet.
Breadfruit, or ulu as it is called in Hawaii, is now in full season. Hawaii Island Gourmet has been busy turning all of that breadfruit into delicious breadfruit chips (ulu chips).
We now have breadfruit chips in stock and have added them to our online store. They are ready to be shipped throughout Hawaii and to the rest of the US.
You can purchase ulu chips and our other handmade, gourmet products at the following link: Purchase Ulu Chips Here!
Our ulu chips are made from Hawaii grown breadfruit and handmade right here in Hilo, HI (where we have been making chips since 1936). Breadfruit trees are known for their ability to produce an amazing amount of fruit. They are a seasonal tree however, and so we only have a limited amount of chips. Get yours before they are all gone!
Click the following link to purchase ulu chips and other delicious, handmade cookies, candies and chips.
Click the below link for more information on the amazing breadfruit tree?
Update: Our ulu chips are made and now available for purchase from our 717 Manono St. Gift Shop and at our online store at the following link: Ulu Chips
It’s ulu (breadfruit) season again here in Hawaii. We have been getting requests for ulu chips all year and the time is almost here. We will be making our first batch of ulu chips this week and will be posting to our Facebook Page as soon as the chips are ready and in our gift shop. Please join and like our Facebook page to make sure you get the update.
Breadfruit makes great chips that have a very distinct taste. They are similar to a potato chip, but also have a bread-like aroma and taste.
Called “ulu” here in Hawaii, it is a starch based fruit that is part of the Fig family. Breadfruit grows on trees which can reach 40-60 feet tall and a similar width. The fruit of the tree is usually round, oval or oblong and can weigh over 10 pounds each.
One of the most impressive things about ulu trees is that each tree can produce a large amount of fruit. A single tree can produce 200 or more grapefruit sized fruits per season. While not all trees will produce this much, and not all fruit will grow to full size, this give a potential output of over 2000 pounds of fruit per tree. It’s one of the reasons that breadfruit is being cultivated around the world to help end hunger.
Stop by our gift shop and give our ulu chips a try. You won’t be disappointed. We are located at 717 Manono St. Hilo, HI 96720 or give us a call: 808-969-9600.
You can also visit our online store to see our full line of products: Hawaii Island Gourmet
The following links have more information on breadfruit:
Hawaii Island Gourmet and Atebara Chips has been making chips locally here in Hawaii since 1936. We are Hawaii’s first chip company and are also responsible for producing the first Taro Chip (a smart business decision by the the company founder, Mr. Atebara, when all of the potatoes disappeared due to WWII). We began making sweet potato chips soon after.
Over the years we have always focused on being local and sustainable. Our methods in dealing local help support our community and farmers, and are also responsible for the freshness and delicious quality of our chips. Today, I would like to explain this process by introducing you to one of our sweet potato farmers, Tom.
Tom (in the picture above with Hawaii Island Gourmet Manager, Avis) and his family have been farming here on the Big Island for over 6 years. His company, Big Island Ag Products LLC primarily grows sweet potatoes and ginger. When I ask him what he likes about farming he states, “Our family loves farming. The thought of growing something that people like is just fantastic.”
Tom’s love of farming produces great sweet potatoes. The first important step in delicious sweet potato chips.
The second step is to make sure that the sweet potatoes are as fresh as possible. We work with Tom on a weekly basis so that his delicious sweet potatoes are brought to our shop as soon as they are pulled from the ground.
Once they are pulled, they also have a very short trip. Tom’s farm is located just 20 minutes from our factory.
Our sweet potato “cookings” are scheduled with Tom’s deliveries to create the freshest sweet potato chips. We begin turning sweet potatoes into sweet potato chips when the sweet potatoes are the freshest. The final step.
The ability to go from farm to factory in the same day has two great outcomes.
- The freshest sweet potatoes make the best tasting chips.
- Our chips don’t require any additives or preservatives, making them a healthier choice.
Our relationship with Tom and our “Farm to Factory” process allows our chips to be fresher, better tasting and more healthy.
We are proud to support our community by making our sweet potato chips and taro chips from locally farmed produce.
Give our locally made chips a try and taste the difference.
Click here to access our store: Hawaii Island Gourmet Store.
July 4th is just around the corner. Are you looking for that perfect party snack that is both unique and local? We can help.
Our sweet potato chips are both grown and made right here on the Big Island of Hawaii. In fact, we are the first chip company in Hawaii and have been making our chips here in Hawaii since 1936!
To celebrate the 4th of July, we are running a special on our sweet potato chips from now through July 4th. Buy three 4oz bags of sweet potato chips and get the 4th bag for free. That’s a $5 value!
Not only is this a great deal, but you are helping to support the local community and farmers in Hawaii. In addition, our chips are healthier because they are made fresh with the best produce. We don’t use any additional additives or preservatives. Just delicious, premium sweet potatoes.
This offer is only available through our 717 Manono St. Gift Shop.
Not in the area? Give us a call at 808-969-9600 and we will be happy to ship it to you.
Please check out our online store to see our other delicious products.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Today officially marks the one week point to Christmas. We hope that you are having a wonderful holiday season.
For all of you who are still shopping, we have gift baskets and other handmade, Hawaiian gourmet products on our online store: Hawaii Island Gourmet Store.
In addition to our holiday gift baskets, gift bags and all of our other gourmet products, we have brought out some special holiday candies. Available only at our gift shop for a limited time.
What happens when you add a holiday taste to our famous barks? The Peppermint Bark. Crushed peppermint candy mixed into a peppermint flavored dark chocolate, topped with a peppermint white chocolate and sprinkled with peppermint candy.
When you taste our peppermint bark it will feel like Christmas no matter where you are!
Macadamia Nut Honey Flavored Dark Chocolate Truffles
A rich white chocolate ganache flavored with real, Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Honey, covered in a dark a chocolate shell and hand dipped in dark chocolate. Handmade on the Big Island using Hawaiian honey.
Handmade Caramel Candies
How do you make a simple candy better? Use the best ingredients. These Caramel Candies are handmade using the best gourmet caramel.
Holiday Baskets and Other Gourmet Products
Visit our gift shop at 717 Manono St., Hilo, HI 96720 or visit our online shop: Hawaii Island Gourmet Online Store for gift baskets and more handmade gourmet products.
The lights are hung, the trees are up and now we are officially just two weeks away from Christmas.
Don’t worry, there is still time to find that perfect gift!
While most stores are now starting to clearance their Christmas decorations, Hawaii Island Gourmet is here to help you find that perfect gift. With our Big Island made cookies, candies, chips and gift baskets, you will have your holiday shopping done in no time.
Whether you are looking for something small or large, we have gourmet products and gift baskets for everyone on your list.
Want to create your own Christmas gift basket? We also do custom baskets. You can choose the products individually or let us know the price, and we will make the basket to your specifications.
Or check out our current gift basket specials, the “Aloha” and “Gourmet” gift baskets are a great deal. Each filled with unique Hawaiian flavors like our Coconut Marbled Bark (dark chocolate marbled with coconut infused white chocolate and pieces of our Hawaii Island taro chips and Atebara potato chips) and our Ultimate Chocolate Cookies: Lilikoi Dipped (dutch chocolate shortbread chocolate chip cookies dipped in lilikoi (passion fruit) infused white chocolate).
Our gift baskets can be ordered online (Holiday Gift Baskets) or by visiting our gift shop at 717 Manono St., Hilo, HI 96720.
For those able to stop by our gift shop, we will soon have some unique, handmade holiday candies. Stay tuned, we will be announcing them as soon as they are available.
Signup to our newsletter on the right side of page to make sure you get the update. We look forward to seeing you soon. Happy Holidays!
We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.
While you begin your Holiday shopping, we ask that you please consider your local community and stores.
Our products and gift baskets are made by local members of the community using as many local products as possible. Our taro chips and sweet potato chips are made using Hawaii grown taro and sweet potatoes from local farmers.
Each dollar spent with us is supporting not only the artists who handcraft our cookies, candies, chips and gift baskets, but also the local companies and farmers who supply the materials.
Thank you for all of your support. We look forward to celebrating the holidays with you!
Candies in all kinds of shapes and flavors.
Whether you prefer dark, milk or white chocolate, we’ve got you covered. Our original handcrafted Atebara Crunch is available no matter what kind of chocolate you prefer.
Our Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Crunch are made from high quality, gourmet chocolate mixed with pieces of our famous Atebara Potato Chips, the first and original chip in Hawaii (since 1936), and Hamakua Macadamia Nuts.
Our Purple Sweet Potato Crunch is creamy, gourmet white chocolate mixed with pieces of our Hawaii grown and made Hawaii Island Sweet Potato Chips.
Some people prefer dark for its slightly more bitter taste and its associated health benefits (you can find more about the health benefits of dark chocolate here). Some prefer milk for it’s sweeter taste, and some prefer white for it’s combination of sweet and creamy.
So when it comes to choosing your holiday sweets, there is only one thing left to decide. Do you prefer milk, dark or white chocolate?
You can also find our Atebara Crunch Chocolates in our Holiday Gift Baskets.
Whether it is baked potatoes, mashed potatoes or sweet potato chips, you should probably be eating more purple sweet potatoes. Listed #1 on Dr. Oz’s “5 Superfoods To Eat Now” in 2010, the purple sweet potato has health benefits that you just can’t get from other types of potatoes.
To start with, the purple sweet potato gets its vibrant color from the high level of naturally occurring antioxidants. Blueberries are known for their high level of antioxidants and purple sweet potatoes contain over 150% more of them than blueberries do. Antioxidants are known to help prevent cancer.
They are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese and fiber, as well as vitamin b6, potassium and iron. As mentioned in the Dr. Oz article, they are also rich in beta-carotine. Test have been done showing that purple sweet potatoes have the ability to help regulate blood sugar and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
You can find a short video containing a number of documented benefits of the purple sweet potato here: Purple sweet potato.
Originally native to the Americas, the Purple Sweet Potato found it’s way to Japan where it is used in everything from main dishes to sweets to ice cream. Also called the Okinawan Sweet Potato, it eventually made its way to Hawaii where it thrives in the volcanic soil.
Hawaii Island Gourmet has been using premium Hawaiian purple sweet potatoes to make our sweet potato chips since the first sweet potato chips were produced shortly after the company started in 1936. We still make them the same way using our time-tested techniques.
We don’t use any additives or preservatives in our chips. The great taste comes from quality Hawaiian grown purple sweet potatoes made to perfection.
Regardless of how you eat them, incorporating more purple sweet potatoes into your meals will give you a boost to your daily nutrition.
There are a lot of chips available these days. As we are all considering healthy options, there has been an increase in healthy chips made from vegetables and sweet potatoes. Sweet potato chips in particular have become a popular option because they are naturally sweet, healthier than regular potatoes, and are allowed as part of the paleo diet.
As it turns out, sweet potatoes are not all the same. As mentioned in the video from Nutritionfacts.org, only purple sweet potatoes have been shown to decrease inflammation and increase anti-oxidant capacity.
In addition, hypertensive subjects who consumed 6-8 small purple sweet potatoes a day showed a decrease in blood sugar and inflammation and a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke.
It also matters where the purple sweet potatoes come from. Because purple sweet potatoes grow well in a warmer, slightly more tropical environment, many purple sweet potatoes come from Asia where they don’t have the same regulations on pesticides and chemical use.
Our purple sweet potato chips are only made from select, Hawaii grown sweet potatoes. Our sweet potato chips are made here in Hawaii and don’t contain any additives or preservatives. The great flavor comes from the high quality ingredients and our time tested methods.
Give our sweet potato chips a try and you will be hooked on the healthy, natural taste. You can find our sweet potato chips and all of our other products at our online store.
You can find the original article at the link below:
Hawaii Island Gourmet has create 7 new white chocolate flavors and we need your help to decide which are the best.
Simply come by our shop at 717 Manono St, Hilo, HI 96720, taste the new flavors of chocolate and the dipped chocolate cookies and fill out the survey to let us know which were your favorite.
As an additional bonus, all of the surveys will be entered into a drawing to win a free Hawaii Island Gourmet Gift basket valued at $25. No purchase necessary. Must be at least 18 years old to enter. Winner will be drawn on July 31.
We will be sampling until July 31 or until the samples run out. There is a limited supply so come see us soon.
To celebrate this 4th of of July, Hawaii Island Gourmet is offering a special at our Hilo, Hawaii shop. Through July 5th, buy any 4-4oz bags of chips and get the 5th one for free. It’s a great value
It’s a perfect chance to try the original Atebara’s Chips (the first chips in Hawaii), our Sweet Potato Chips, and our Taro Chips. We also have two unique flavors: Furikake Potato Chips and Ginger & Garlic Sweet Potato Chips. Try them all!
Happy 4th of July from all of us here at Hawaii Island Gourmet and Atebara Chips.
The Hawaii Island Gourmet shop will be closed on July 4th and will reopen on July 5th with regular business hours.
What are healthy chips? There are a lot of diets out there that limit what you can and can’t eat. They all vary on what is okay, but what they do mostly agree on is that fewer ingredients is better. You also want to try and keep those ingredients as basic as possible. If there is something on the label that you can’t pronounce, it probably isn’t going to fall into the health category. Keeping ingredients in there most basic forms is better for your body. So let’s start with the ingredients that make Hawaii Island Gourmets chips healthy. Three. All of our salted chips contain only three ingredients as listed below.
- Taro Chips: Premium Hawaii Island grown taro, canola oil, salt
- Sweet Potato Chips: Premium Hawaii Island grown sweet potatoes, canola oil, salt
- Original Atebara’s Potato Chips: Premium russet potatoes, canola oil, salt
In addition to keeping our chips to only three ingredients, we only use premium, freshly grown produce. Our sweet potato chips and taro chips are made from sweet potatoes and taro grown locally here on the Big Island of Hawaii. Because our produce comes from local farmers, we are able to get the freshest sweet potatoes and taro possible. The produce is then selected by hand and only the best potatoes and taro are used to make our chips. We start with great produce and turn it into a chips using the minimal amount of ingredients. All of the above leads to a chip that has:
- No Cholesterol
- No Trans Fat
- No Preservatives or Additives
Furthermore, sweet potatoes and taro are both allowed as part of the peleo diet. Sweet potato chips especially make a naturally sweet and crunchy snack that can be difficult to get when on the paleo diet. Purple sweet potatoes also have a number of health benefits over other types of potatoes. You can find more about that here: Why Sweet Potato Chips. You can also find more helpful tips on eating healthy here.
If you are looking for healthy chips, give Hawaii Island Gourmet chips a try. Once you taste the difference, you won’t want to eat anything else.
In the last post we discussed why sweet potato chips are a good snack for those on the paleo diet. The purple sweet potato has a number of health properties that make it a great choice. You can find that article here: Paleo Diet Snack-Sweet Potato Chips. Shortly after writing that article, I came across another article on the paleo diet that complimented it so well I just had to write another post. It’s titled 19 Homemade Paleo Salsas, and like the title suggests, it’s 19 salsas that will meet the paleo diet. So grab yourself a bag of sweet potato chips and then choose your favorite paleo salsa. 19 Paleo Salsas.
If you are on the Paleo Diet then you aren’t allowed to eat potatoes or corn. You can’t eat potato chips or corn chips. However, just because you are on a paleo diet doesn’t mean you can’t have something sweet and salty. Sweet Potato chips are not only healthier than potato chips, they are also allowed as part of the paleo diet.
What makes Hawaii Island Gourmet sweet potato chips special is that we use purple sweet potatoes grown right here on the Big Island of Hawaii. Getting our purple sweet potatoes from local farmers means they have higher regulations on the uses of pesticides and chemicals than those coming from overseas. It also means that our chips our made from the freshest purple sweet potatoes possible.
The purple sweet potato has some unique properties that make it a great part of your diet. They are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and iron. Studies have been done that show that sweet potatoes may improve blood sugar and may be good for diabetes . However, the most important health benefit of the purple sweet potato may be their high level of antioxidants 1.
Thanks to the naturally occurring anthocyanins (antioxidants), which gives the sweet potato its dark, vibrant color, the purple sweet potato has a number of health benefits which may include anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory, and cancer prevention properties 2, 3.
To keep our sweet potato chips as natural and healthy as possible, we use only three ingredients (sweet potatoes, oil, and salt). We don’t use any additives or preservatives in our chips. What you taste is the flavor of locally grown, premium sweet potatoes made with Aloha. Because our sweet potatoes are grown by local farmers here in Hawaii, they are as fresh as possible. They come straight from the farmers and are turned into chips in our Big Island factory.
You end up with healthy chips that you can enjoy as part of your paleo diet.
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Who would have thought to make taro chips when everyone else was already making potato chips? While it is becoming more common today, using taro or sweet potatoes to make chips required a bit of ingenuity and some special circumstances. It’s actually quite an interesting story about a new company going through hardships and finding a way to thrive.
In 1936, Hawaii Island Gourmet, or Atebara’s as we were called at the time, became the first chip company in Hawaii. Mr. Atebara was looking through a magazine and came across a chip making machine. Having never even eaten a potato chip, but being the entrepreneur that he was, he purchased the machine and Atebara’s Chip company was started.
The company did well in the early years. Atebara’s kitchen cooked chips grew in popularity, but something was about to happen that would change Atebara’s and the world forever. In 1941, World War II started. As a result, all of the potatoes went toward the war effort and Atebara’s was in danger of having to close it’s doors.
Instead of giving up and shutting down, Mr. Atebara looked for another option for his chips. While potatoes don’t grow in Hawaii, there was an abundance of Taro. Taro thrives in the warmer, wetter climate in Hawaii, and was in much lower demand at the time. In 1941, we became the first chip company to produce taro chips.
Having found taro chips, creating a sweet potato chip, another abundant crop in Hawaii, was just the next logical step.
Hawaii Island Gourmet still makes our chips the same way we have since 1936. Instead of adding lots of additives and preservatives, we rely on quality taro and sweet potatoes grown locally here on the Big Island of Hawaii. Even today, our taro chips (as well as our other chips) contain only three ingredients: premium Hawaii grown taro, canola oil, and salt).
The introduction of the taro chip literally saved the company. It’s for that reason that we use an image of the three taro leaves as our the logo for Hawaii Island Gourmet.
It’s that special time of the year again when we get to show our mother’s how much we really appreciate them. This mother’s day gift basket will give her a piece of Hawaiian Aloha and a lot of sweetness.
Whether it’s chips, cookies or chocolates, this basket has it all. The perfect gift to show your mother how special she is to you.
Click here to place an order: Mother’s Day Gift Basket
It all starts with three bags of our famous chips (sweet potato chips, taro chips, and the original Atebara’s potato chip). Kettle cooked the same way since we started making them in 1936. Each chip has it’s own unique texture and flavor.
In addition, all of our handmade chips are made right here in Hawaii and the taro and sweet potatos are grown by local farmers.
Next, are three tropical flavors (passion fruit, coconut, and Kona coffee) of our handmade chocolate barks. Gourmet dark chocolate sandwiched together with flavored white chocolate, with a little bit of crunchiness thanks to small pieces of our chips.
Last, are 3 boxes (ginger, coconut, and dark chocolate) of our handmade taro cookies. The taro gives these cookies a uniquely Hawaiian taste and a great crunch. They go perfectly with tea and coffee.
Hawaii Island Gourmet has been making chips since 1936. The founder of the company, Mr. Atebara found a chip making machine in a magazine, and without any experience, purchased it and started the first chip company in Hawaii. Like everyone else at that time, he originally started making potato chips. So how did we end up making sweet potato chips and taro chips?
Ironically, it was actually because of bad events rather than good ones that started the company’s expansion into taro and sweet potato chips. After only being in business for just a couple of years, World War II started. All of the potatoes went to feeding the soldiers and there were very few left for purchase.
Being the entrepreneur that he was, Mr. Atebara began searching Hawaii for an alternative and noticed that there was an abundance of Taro. Unlike russet potatoes, taro thrives in the warmer, wetter climate of Hawaii. In 1941, we became the first company in Hawaii to make taro chips. Adding sweet potato chips to the line (another crop that grows well in Hawaii) just seemed like the next natural step.
Keeping with tradition, Hawaii Island Gourmet still makes our chips the same way. We keep our ingredients simple and local (our taro and sweet potatoes come from local farmers here on the Big Island), with no additional preservatives or artificial flavors. We instead rely on high quality ingredients and time-tested cooking methods to get the perfect chips.
We are currently running a batch of taro chips, so come by the shop (717 Manono Street, Hilo) to grab a bag fresh out of the cooker. The taro chips in the picture were just made today! If you can’t make it to our shop, you can also purchase online from our store: Hawaii island Gourmet. While you are here, be sure to try some of our taro cookies!
While everyone was preparing for this last weekend, Hawaiian Island Gourmet and Atebara Chips was busy making a new batch of sweet potato chips. To make sure that the chips are as fresh as possible, they are sliced, cooked, and bagged all on the same day.
The chips in the picture above have just been cooked and will next go into the spinner. A device that is used to remove any excess oil. Our sweet potato chips are made from sweet potatoes grown by local farmers right here on the Big Island. This ensure that we use the best, most sustainable products and that you get the freshest chips.
Come by the store (717 Manono Street, Hilo, HI 96720) to grab yourself a bag. If you aren’t in the area, you can also purchase online! Hawaii Island Gourmet Store
These ginger taro cookies are made using locally grown ingredients (taro and ginger) and are of course made at our kitchen here in Hilo, Hawaii.
There are a lot of cookies around, but taro cookies are something that are a little more rare. Because of the taro in the cookie, you get a much different texture than you do from a traditional cookie. The taro makes the cookie much more crunchy, which in turn, makes it perfect for tea or coffee.
As always, you can find them here in our store (717 Manano St, Hilo, HI 96720) or you can purchase them from our online store: Hawaii Island Gourmet. While you are here, be sure to pick up some of our Hawaii grown and made taro chips!
When we say “handmade gourmet cookies”, we really mean handmade. Here is Andrew whipping up a batch of our delicious Ultimate Chocolate Cookies for First Light Bookstore at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station.
Our Ultimate Chocolate Cookies are a chocolate cookie with chocolate chips, that are then dipped in different flavors of chocolate. We offer them in dark chocolate, mint chocolate, raspberry and lilikoi (passion fruit).
Come by our store to try some samples. We are located in Hilo, Hawaii at 717 Manono st. You can also purchase the cookies from our online store: Hawaii Island Gourmet.
Fresh and hot out of the oven, Hawaiian Island Gourmet cookies are more than just cookies. To give them that something extra, we take our hand-made shortbread cookie batter, and add pieces of our potato chips (above) and our taro chips (below). This gives the cookie a sweet soft side with small bits of salty crunchiness. We also have cookies that contain our sweet potato chips.
If you live on the Big Island, or if you will be visiting, come by our shop to try a sample. We are located at: 717 Manono St in Hilo.
If you are located outside of the Big Island, you can find our cookies in our online store. I also recommend you check out our chocolate dipped cookies.
Hawaii Island Gourmet and Atebara is known for its potato chips, taro chips and sweet potato chips. We have been making healthy chips (using only three ingredients: potatoes or taro, salt and canola oil) since 1936. Our chips are kitchen cooked and handmade. To keep them as healthy as possible, we use a special spinning process to remove any extra oil.
This weekend, however, we were at the grand opening of the Hilo Trading Company sampling our hand-made, Hawaii Island Gourmet chocolates. The event was a success with local companies coming from all over the greater Hilo area to promote their products. Whether it be chocolates, chips, macadamia nuts, or coffee; The Hilo Trading Company is a one stop shop for products made in Hilo, Hawaii.
To make our chocolates special, we incorporate our potato chips and taro chips right into the chocolate. You get a unique mixture of melt in your mouth creaminess mixed with a tasty crunch. A taste that you can only get from Hawaiian Island Gourmet Products.
You can visit our online store here: Hawaii Island Gourmet Products
The event at the Hilo Trading Company ended on Saturday, but you can still go by their store (located at the corner of Kamehameha and Mamalahoa Highway) to try some of our samples and purchase our chocolates and chips. You can also come by our store. The address and contact information is listed on our contact page here: Hawaii Island Gourmet. We look forward to seeing you soon.
We are Proud to Celebrate 75 Years of Making
Unique, Hand-Made, Island Inspired, Gourmet
Chips Cookies & Candies in Hilo Hawai’i
What Makes Hawai’i Island Gourmet Products Special?
1.) We Use the Finest Gourmet & Island Grown Ingredients
2.) Our Products are Hand Crafted and Hand Packaged with Great Care
3.) Gourmet Chips are Incorporated into Many of Our Cookies & Candies
4.) This Line of All Natural Gourmet Products is High Quality & Affordable
5.) We Provide Donations & Fundraisers to Schools & Organizations
Our Goal is to Continue to Support the Local
Economy & Environment through Social
Responsibility & Sustainability Efforts
How does Hawai’i Island Gourmet Products
1.) Support Local Agriculture
We Use Locally Grown Crops such as Taro, Sweet Potato, Macadamia Nuts, Ginger, etc.
2.) Support Local People
We Regularly Purchase Crops from 15 Big Island Family Farms
3.) Reducing our Carbon Footprint
Relying on Local Resources Decrease our Need to Import into the Islands
4.) Zero Waste Policy
We Donate Waste Materials to Local Farms as Animal Feed, Donate Used Cooking Oil to Use as Bio-Fuel to Run Vehicles, and Re-Use Plant Materials such as Replanting Previously Cut Stalks
5.) Energy Saving
We Use Energy Efficient Bulbs & Fixtures to Maintain Low Energy Consumption
6.) Giving Back to the Community
We Donate Thousands of Dollars Annually to Local Charities, Schools and Organizations and Provide Groups with Fundraising Opportunities
We Support the Local Community by Helping
Your Org. Raise Funds Selling Healthy &
Sustainable Gourmet Products
* Simple * Unique * Profitable * Fun *
Kettle Cooked to Perfection!
These gourmet chips are light, crispy and bursting with flavor. Atebara’s irresistible variety of Original Potato, Taro, and Sweet Potato chips bring the exotic flavors of Hawai’i Island to life. All chips are handmade in Hilo Hawai’i using all natural ingredients and special oil reducing processes to provide you with the most authentic delicious product.
Scrumptious Island Shortbreads!
Hawai’i Island Gourmet cookies are exquisite and bring out the freshest Island flavors. From our signature Taro Cookies to our unique Chip Cookies, delicious blends of all natural Island grown ingredients make these specialty cookies a delight for everyone.
Rich Decadent Chocolates!
Exquisite Milk, Dark and White Chocolate is infused with Island grown delicacies such as candied ginger, coconut, liliko’i, coffee and more to provide chocolate lovers with the most unique handmade all natural chocolates possible. Try Our famous Atebara Crunch Milk Chocolate with crunchy pieces of potato chips and mac nuts blended into chocolate!
Hawaiian Grown Whole Kernal Mac Nuts!
Our unique line of Macadamia Nuts are grown in Hawaii primarily up the rich Hamakua Coast of the Big Island. These one of a kind flavored nuts are seasoned to perfection with all natural Island inspired spices and flavors. From our delicious Chocolate Dipped to our vibrant Furikake Mac Nuts these simple gourmet snacks are a local delight.
Beautiful Gift Baskets & Combination Cases!