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Kona Fuel Prices Lock in Month-Long Averages

February 29, 2016, 5:29 PM HST
* Updated February 29, 5:33 PM
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Photo credit: Josh Pacheco.

Photo credit: Josh Pacheco.

Big Island fuel prices have been split down the middle since the onset of the New Year.

Hilo fuel averages are seeing weekly cent-by-cent fluctuations, while Kona prices are sealing off the month of February with stand-still 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 Monday, regular fuel in Hilo rose by one penny to $2.55, compared to last week’s average. Mid-grade fuel remains the same as last week at $2.66. Premium fuel dropped by a penny to $2.77.

One month ago, regular fuel in Hilo was two cents less than its current average. Mid-grade fuel was one cent less and premium fuel was two cents less than its current average.

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Average fuel prices compared to the same week in 2015 remain lower across the board. At this point last year, regular fuel in Hilo cost $0.46 more at an average of $3.01. Mid-grade fuel cost an average of $0.41 more at $3.07. Premium gas cost $0.51 more on average last year at $3.18.

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Yet another steady week of fuel price averages took place in Kona. Big Island Now’s calculation of Gas Buddy data from Kailua-Kona shows that regular fuel has held onto its average over the last six 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 Monday. The fuel averages in Kona have been locked in for nearly the entire month of February.

In Honolulu, the average price of regular fuel was $0.20 cents lower than in Hilo. Fuel averages were $0.44 lower in Honolulu than in Kona. Honolulu fuel purchasers were paying an average of $2.35, a drop of two cents in the past week and a total drop of 10 cents in the past three weeks.

Diesel fuel in Hilo is averaging $4.04, one cent higher than last week’s average. Honolulu diesel buyers were paying an average of $4.09, the same average as last week.

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The national average for regular fuel on Monday was $1.74, a slight increase of three cents over the past week. In addition, the national average is $0.81 cents less than Hilo’s average this week and $1.03 less than Kailua-Kona’s average prices.

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

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