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Hilo Fuel Averages Fluctuate, Kona Steady

February 9, 2016, 4:23 PM HST
* Updated February 9, 4:14 PM
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gas PIXABAYHilo fuel prices jumped up by a few notches this week, and Kona average gas rates remained the same.

Using numbers from AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, along with Gas Buddy Data, Big Island Now continues to track fuel prices on the Big Island.

On Tuesday, the regular fuel price average in Hilo was up four cents at $2.57. Mid-grade fuel was averaging $2.68, which is five cents more than last week’s average. Premium fuel also saw an increase at $2.79, a three cent bump.

One month ago, regular fuel in Hilo was two cents less than its current average. Mid-grade and premium fuel were also cheaper on average one month ago at six and four-cent jumps in the past four weeks, respectively.

Average fuel prices compared to the same week in February 2015 remain lower in average across the board. At this point last year, regular fuel in Hilo cost $0.47 more at an average of $3.04. Mid-grade fuel cost an average of $0.45 more at $3.13. Premium gas cost $0.45 more on average last year at $3.24.

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Fuel prices in Kona were steady this week. Big Island Now’s calculation of Gas Buddy data from Kailua-Kona shows that regular fuel has held onto its average over the last month of $2.79. Mid-grade fuel saw no movement, hanging on to an average of $2.89, as did premium fuel at an average of $2.98 on Tuesday.

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In Honolulu, the average price of regular fuel was 12 cents lower than in Hilo and was $0.34 lower than in Kona. Honolulu fuel purchasers were paying an average of $2.45 on Tuesday, the same average as the past two weeks.

Diesel fuel in Hilo is averaging $4.08, one cent lower than last week’s average. Honolulu diesel buyers were paying an average of $4.15, a four-cent decrease.

The national average for regular fuel on Monday was $1.72, a drop of seven cents over the past week and nearly $0.20 in the past two weeks. In addition, the national average is $0.85 cents less than Hilo’s average this week and $1.07 less than Kailua-Kona’s average prices.

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Club member-only prices, such as Costco and HFN, are excluded from this analysis and its averages.

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