RICHARD WALKER / RWALKER@STARBULLETIN.COM
A familiar family of chips moves into new territories
They're playing a bit of a name game over in Hilo, where Atebara potato chips have been made for 70 years. New owners took over in 2002 and they've re-energized the line, bringing back taro and shrimp chips and adding sweet potato chips, plus cookies and candies. It's just that some of the newer items have a new name: Hawaii Island Gourmet.
Co-owner Nimr Tamimi says he and partner Clyde Oshiro wanted to maintain the familiarity of the Atebara name for locals, but put the clear stamp of Hawaii on other products. With their newer products, their aim is to use only Big Island-grown produce. In fact, they're growing their own dryland taro and sweet potatoes. On Oahu, go to Marukai stores for Atebara/Hawaii Island products , including sweet potato cookies, cookies made with chips, and chocolate candies with chip bits mixed in. The company's principal outlet is in Hilo. Call (808) 969-9600.