Free Atebara Chips Eco Bag

Atebara Chips Eco Bag

The all new Atebara Chips eco bag. We’ve had a number of people request this one and we finally have it. For a limited time, you can get it FREE with any purchase of $30 or more at our 717 Manono St. gift shop (normally priced at $6.50).

Atebara Chips is the first chip company in Hawaii (established in 1936) and people come from all over Hawaii (and even the world) to bring back some of our famous handmade chips.

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The Atebara Chips eco bag is made of durable black fabric and can be reused again and again. Each one contains the traditional “Atebara’s Potato Chips” logo that has been on our potato chip bags for many years. It’s a great bag to give as a gift along with our chips or to use as your daily grocery shopping bag.

Hawaii Island Gourmet Holiday Gift Baskets

Hawaii Island Gift Baskets

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already September. Halloween is just around the corner and before you know it we will be into Thanksgiving and Christmas! Where did the time go?

It’s been a great year so far and here at Hawaii Island Gourmet and Atebara Chips we are hard at work preparing for the holiday season.

We will be bringing out an new original holiday flavor for our sweet potato chips and one for our chocolate bark. Both items will be announced soon and will only be available for a limited time during the holidays. Please watch this blog and our Facebook page for updates. We will let you know as soon as they are available.

Ginger & Garlic Sweet Potato Chips In Bowl

With only a couple of months before the holiday season, now is a great time to get your shopping done. Don’t wait for the hectic shopping days to get here. We offer a selection of gift baskets that can be matched to any situation. Each basket is full of our delicious, handmade cookies, candies and chips. Each one made with Aloha.

In addition to being handmade, our taro chips and sweet potato chips are also locally grown right here on the Big Island. Using local taro and sweet potatoes means that our chips are made from the freshest product. To read more about how that helps give our chips the incredible taste they are known for, please see the following article: sweet potato chips.

Place your order now and we will have it ready for pickup whenever you need it. Need a large number of gift baskets for your employees or customers? No problem! Just give us a call (808) 969-9600 and we can find you the perfect gift basket and arrange delivery.

You can stop by our gift shop at 717 Manono St, Hilo, HI 96720. Just look for our new signs (pictured below). You can also order from our website: Hawaii Island Gourmet Store. As the sign says, we also have breadfruit chips in stock!

Hawaii Island Gourmet Sign

 

Be sure to samples all of our chocolates, cookies and chip samples while visiting our gift shop. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Breadfruit Chips (Hawaii Island Ulu Chips)

ulu chips

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.

Hawaii Island Gourmet Online Store

Click the below link for more information on the amazing breadfruit tree?

Breadfruit Tree

Hawaii Island Gourmet Ulu (Breadfruit) Chips

Breadfruit chips

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.

ulu breadfruit

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.

Breadfruit Slices

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.

Breadfruit ulu chips cooking

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.

Breadfruit chips ulu chips

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:

http://ntbg.org/breadfruit/breadfruit/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breadfruit

 

Sweet Potato Chips Bag

Sweet Potato Chips Grown and Made in Hawaii

Sweet Potato Chips Bag

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.

Local Sweet Potato Field

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.

Big Island Sweet Potato Farmer 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.

Picking the best sweet potatoes

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.

Big Island Sweet Potato

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.

Sweet potato chips

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.

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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!

Two Weeks to Christmas

Christmas stocking

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.

Holiday Gift Baskets

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).

Coconut Marbled Bark

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!

Hawaii Island Gourmet 4th of July Special

Hawaii Island Gourmet Chips (taro, potato, Sweet potato)

 

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.

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

 

 

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!

 

 

Hawaii Island Gourmet’s Ginger Taro Cookies

Ginger Taro Cookie

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!

Ginger Taro Cookie on Rack

Taro Chip and Potato Chip Cookies

Potato Chip Cookies

 

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.

Taro Chip Cookies

Atebara’s 75th Anniversary

The Atebara Chip Company – Hawai’i Island Gourmet

Proud to Be Hawaii’s First

Chip Company!

 Click on the Following Links

    Atebara’s Sweetheart’s Giveaway

  Made in Hawaii Gift Baskets

~New Local Kine  Chips~

Atebaras is Proud to Celebrate their 75th Anniversary in 2011
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Hawaii Island Gourmet Cookies

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

 

Hawaii Gourmet Gifts - Famous Taro Chips

Famous Chips

Kettle Cooked to Perfection!

Hawaii Island Gourmet Taro Chips
Fresh Kettle Cooked Hawaii Island Gourmet Taro Chips

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.

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Hawaii Gourmet Gifts - Taro Cookies

Gourmet Cookies

Scrumptious Island Shortbreads!

Gourmet Gifts from Hawaii - Green Tea Cookie

Hawaii Island Gourmet Green Tea Cookie

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.

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Hawaii Gourmet Gifts - Handmade Chocolates

Handmade Chocolates

Rich Decadent Chocolates!

Hawaii Island Coffee Crunch Bark

Hawaii Island White & Dark Chocolate Coffee Crunch Bark

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!

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Hawaii Mac Nuts - Macadamia Nuts Gifts

Macadamia Nuts

Hawaiian Grown Whole Kernal Mac Nuts!

Hawai'i Island Gourmet Furikake Mac Nuts
Hawai'i Island Gourmet Furikake 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.

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Hawaiian Gifts & Cases

Beautiful Gift Baskets & Combination Cases!

Hawaii Island Gourmet Holiday Gift Collection
Hawaii Island Gourmet Holiday Gift Collection

Hawai’i Island Gourmet makes a wide variety of different gift sets and baskets that are perfect for any special occasion.  From our Lauhala Travel Packs to our Seasonal baskets, we can personalize gifts to meet your specific needs!  Also check out our wonderful cases and combinations for your favorite products at a discount price.

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