Endless flavor combinationsA La Carte
August 8, 2021
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
Hawaiian Chip Company first started serving up its iconic purple Okinawan sweet potato chips 21 years ago in Ziploc bags for sale at local swap meets.
These chips were, and remain, distinguishable from other similar products on the market because they are seasoned with signature flavors like Zesty Garlic, Kiawe BBQ and Kilauea Fire. These distinct flavor combinations eventually inspired a line of hot sauces, including the headlining Kilauea Fire Hot Sauce.
By mixing and matching different flavors in an array of combinations, Hawaiian Chip Company has created seemingly endless possibilities over the past two decades. The local business is also collaborating with Menehune Mac on a snack and gift center in Kalihi that showcases specialty chips and chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, as well as a variety of popular locally made products like okoshi, party mix, cookies and “Pidginmoji” fortune cookies.
“We were inspired by the products’ popularity to serve the chips right off the production line at the factory in Kalihi, which allows customers the opportunity to select their own seasoning for those freshly made chips,” says Hawaiian Chip Company owner Jimmy Chan. “The goal is to create an experience that tourists and locals alike will appreciate.”
Guests can get their fix with a made- to-order 1-pound box of Taro Chips ($20) — the perfect way to stock up. Kick things up in the kitchen with Kilauea Fire Hot Sauce available in 11-ounce ($6.75) and 21.5-ounce ($8) bottles. And, for those looking to balance savory with something sweet, reach for Menehune Mac Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts ($10.50).
While Chan is working hard to meet staffing and production shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, he is very appreciative of the loyal customers and visitors who continue to flock to Hawaiian Chip Company to enjoy their favorite ono snacks and treats.