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 […]
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 […]
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.
Starting tomorrow, the Holiday Season is officially here. 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 […]
The holidays are almost here. Can you believe Thanksgiving is this Thursday? With the holidays comes lots of great food. Roasted turkeys and hams, stuffing, pies and don’t forget the sweets. Candies in all kinds of shapes and flavors. Whether you prefer dark, milk or white […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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
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, […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]