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Taro Ko Factory

3940 Hanapepe Rd, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI 96716
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Ranked #3 of 6 shopping in Hanapepe
Type: Shops
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Cupertino, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

The guy who served us was glum and brusque. But his dour demeanor did not deter us. We came for the chips, not to be coddled. The lee hing mui flavored sweet potato chips were delicious and addictive. But the plain taro chips and the plain sweet potato chips were just so-so.

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Kauai, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

How many places like this still exist? The place has actual authenticity! Not FAKE authenticity! ^-^ These 2 guys put so much love into every batch of chips - they even grow their own taro! The Li hing mui versions are unlike anything you've ever had - you'll either like it or not - but well worth a few bucks... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

Ukulele Mele and Friends in kalaheo is another location where you can buy these products. They are located in Kalaheo across from Napa auto parts They also sell a variety of Kauai made products like Pueo Breads ( locally made brand of sweets breads and other assorments), Aloha Sweet delights( Kauai made cookies, manju, and other snacks, and hand sown... More

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Don't be scared to walk in. You'll be surprised at what you'll find: Exceptional chips...crispy...flavorful tropical variety.

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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

If you're in the area, it's worth the stop. Even if it's just to satisfy your curiosity. The sign reads "Taro Ko Factory," which is worth a chuckle once you actually see it in "action" because what it really is is this dilapidated shack with two guys flipping chips in gigantic woks filled with oil. If you are not prepared... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

when you pass through Hanapepe, please stop at the little house and enter up the stairs to the side and behold the chips in boxes for you to buy...many varieties, all fresh and delicious...buy extra, because you'll want to take some back to your friends. The guys inside are super nice and will hook you up...If you miss your shot... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Happened to be driving in Hanapepe and saw this sign for Taro Ko Facory. Walked into this small house with 2 of the nicest gentlemen. Looks like this house was the Taro chip factory. picked up a pack of taro chips and sweet potato chips. Asked the Gentlemen what the flavoring for the third type of chip was - Li... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We visited Hanapepe to see the shops, walk across the swinging bridge, and buy chips at Taro Ko because of the rave reviews. When we arrived they were frying chips in the large wok, and one of the gentlemen brought out about a half dozen ziploc bags with samples. The samples were crumbled up into very small pieces and you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The taro, sweet patato, and bread fruit chips were wonderful. The prices were reasonable for island prices. This business was a little hard to find. The folk there were friendly. We drove back down for more and will most likely go again before we leave the island.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

You go like almost to end of the road making a sharp right turn and there is this old house that looks nothing like a place to buy anything. Once you get inside, you meet Stanley and Dale. Stanley is a big 49er fan. He knows all the players from the 50's....like I do so we struck up a happy... More

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