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Hilo Fuel Prices Slightly Increase, Kona Mixed Bag

July 20, 2015, 4:55 PM HST
* Updated July 20, 4:57 PM
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Hilo gas prices have barely moved on the graphs since last week, as price comparisons to just one month ago have only changed slightly.

The average cost of regular fuel in Hilo on Monday rose by three cents to $3.33, compared to last week. Monday’s price held steady to what was reported on Sunday as the Hilo average for regular fuel. Mid-grade gas has seen no fluctuation over the past week as the cost has held at $3.39, which is the same that was reported as the average one month ago. Premium fuel saw a trend similar to that of regular fuel. At $3.54. it has held its price for the past 24 hours, but has jumped three cents from last week.

Big Island Now’s analysis of AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report shows that Hilo’s regular grade fuel has risen by four cents, compared to one month ago, while mid-grade fuel is at the same price it was four weeks ago and premium fuel has seen a five cent increase.

While fuel prices are slightly stretching upwards, fuel prices remain lower than they were one year ago. AAA reports that during the same time period in 2014, average gas prices for regular fuel were $4.16, while mid-grade was an average of $4.24 and premium fuel cost $4.35.

Gas prices for regular fuel have dropped slightly in Kona, according to Big Island Now’s average calculations of Gas Buddy data. Regular fuel averaged about $3.48 Monday, down from $3.52 last week. Meanwhile, mid-grade and premium fuel have both slightly increased this week with averages of $3.67 and $3.69, an increase of three and two cents, respectively.

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In Honolulu, the average gas price of regular fuel is six cents less than in Hilo and 24 cents less than prices in Kona. Residents on Oahu are paying an average of $3.24 for regular fuel, a decrease of two cents from last week.

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Diesel prices in Hilo are an average of $4.17, a decrease of six cents, after showing no fluctuation two weeks prior, while Honolulu diesel buyers are paying an average of $4.50, a penny less than last week’s average.

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