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Kona Fuel Averages Hang Tight, Hilo Moving Lower

February 16, 2016, 4:58 PM HST
* Updated February 22, 4:07 PM
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gasAfter rising slightly last week, Hilo fuel price averages have decreased slightly week, while Kona fuel averages are deadlocked in month-long averages.

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 down by a penny from last week at $2.56. Mid-grade fuel was averaging $2.66, a two-cent drop from last week’s numbers where the average rose by five cents. Premium fuel also saw an increase at $2.78, a one-cent decline.

One month ago, regular fuel in Hilo was one cent less than its current average. Mid-grade and premium fuel were at the same average one month ago.

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 $0.42 more at an average of $2.98. Mid-grade fuel cost an average of $0.44 more at $3.10. Premium gas cost $0.40 more on average last year at $3.18.

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Fuel prices in Kona were once again 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 five weeks of $2.79. Mid-grade fuel again 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 14 cents lower than in Hilo and was $0.38 lower than in Kona. Honolulu fuel purchasers were paying an average of $2.41, a drop of four cents on Tuesday after hanging onto the same average for the two weeks prior.

Diesel fuel in Hilo is averaging $4.10, two cents higher than last week’s average. Honolulu diesel buyers were paying an average of $4.10, a five-cent decrease.

The national average for regular fuel on Tuesday was $1.69, a drop of three cents over the past week and about $0.30 cents over the past three weeks. In addition, the national average is $0.87 cents less than Hilo’s average this week and $1.10 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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