East Hawaii News

Isle Gas Prices Still Highest in Nation

August 7, 2013, 2:57 PM HST
* Updated August 8, 2:41 PM
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Gasoline prices rose about 10 cents a gallon nationwide over the past three months while Hawaii’s average gasoline price held steady, according to GasBuddy.com.

But the Aloha State still has the highest price for self-serve regular in the nation – by far – according to the internet site 24/7wallst.com.

“The average gas price of $4.34 per gallon (in Hawaii) exceeds the record gas prices reached in states like New York and Illinois, both of which are no strangers to high gas prices,” 24/7wallst.com reported.

Hawaii’s average price for a gallon of self-serve regular on Aug. 7 was $4.36, or 30 cents higher than the average price in Alaska, the next costliest state for fueling up, according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

The lowest price per gallon of gas in Hilo on Aug. 7 was $4.32 at the Aloha stations at Kekuanaoa and Kanoelehua Streets, and downtown Hilo at Kinoole and Haili Streets, according to GasBuddy.com. Another Aloha station on Henry Street in Kailua had the lowest price in West Hawaii at $4.35 per gallon.

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The nationwide average on Aug. 7 was $3.60, AAA reported.

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Hawaii’s high gasoline prices are attributed to to the cost of transporting fuel across oceans to the state, and having the second-highest state tax on gasoline in the nation, the 24/7wallst.com report reported.

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