Sponsored by Hawaii State Department of Agriculture
When it comes to snacking, there’s nothing better than reaching for a bag of chips! Next time you’re looking for something to snack on, check out Hawaiian Chip Company, which makes its addicting snacks from locally grown purple Okinawan and orange sweet potatoes. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is in the kitchen to get a taste!
“The purple ones are grown on the Big Island, Oahu, and even Maui,” says owner Jimmy Chan. “The orange potatoes were originally grown on Molokai, but now grown on the Big Island.”
Hawaiian Chip Company’s snacks are sold throughout Hawaii grocery stores, Costco, and even to restaurants in Japan. Chips are also available fresh and made-to-order from the factory store in Kalihi, served right off the production line.
Chan started the Hawaiian Chip Company in the year 2000 by making sweet potato chips on a little table top fryer to sell at the open markets. By the second year, Hawaiian Chip Company was struggling and on the brink of bankruptcy. With guidance from other leaders in Hawaii’s business community, the company survived. The company is now profitable, with the chips sold statewide. Chan currently serves as a board member of the Hawaii Export Council and the Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association.
“Even though our sales dropped drastically, the farmers couldn’t stop the potatoes from growing. To make sure they stay in business, we kept buying and used the PPP money to pay for labor to process them and donated to various charitable entities like Aloha Harvest, FoodBank, and Aloha Challenge,” Chan says. “Good way to help the community, and Aloha Harvest ended up helping us out in return with food for our employees.”
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