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July 4th Sweet Potato Chips Sale

Sweet potato chips

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!

Hawaii Island Gourmet Chocolate Tasting and Survey

Hawaii Island Gourmet Chocolate dipped cookies

 

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.

Hawaiian Made Taro Chips

Hawaii Island Gourmet Taro Chips

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.

Hawaii Island Locally Grown
Crop of taro plants

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.

Hawaii Island Gourmet taro logo2

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift Basket

Hawaii Island Gourmet Mother's Day Gift Basket

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.

Atebara's Hawaii Island Gourmet Chips

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.

Hawaii Island gourmet ginger bark

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 Coconut Taro Cookies

 


Hawaii Island Taro Chips

Taro Chips

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!

 

 

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