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Hawaii gas prices heading higher

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:21 a.m. HST, Jan 06, 2012

Gas prices are rising again after 11 consecutive weeks of declines, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.

Today's statewide average for regular unleaded of $4.03 is 2 cents more than a week ago.

Honolulu's average price increased by 3 cents from about $3.86 a gallon last week to $3.89 today. That price is 5 cents more than a month ago and 33 cents higher than this time last year. 

In Hilo, the average gas price is $4.22 a gallon, 3 cents more than last week, six cents more than last month and 51 cents higher than this time last year. Wailuku's average is $4.35 a gallon, a penny more than last week, 6 cents more than last month and 33 cents higher than on this date last year.

Hawaii continues to have the most expensive gas in the nation, followed by Alaska with a $3.86 state average and California at $3.66. The national retail average price for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline is $3.31, 6 cents higher than last week.

"On an annual average basis, U.S. motorists paid the all-time highest price for gasoline in 2011, surpassing the former all-time record set in 2008," said Diane Peterson, regional manager for AAA Hawaii. "We'll have to see what 2012 brings."

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KeithHaugen wrote:
Local gas prices are going up because they were getting too close to the national average -- within 60 cents a gallon for those of us who are being gouged on O`ahu. We're still number one, the most expensive in the 50 states, by a huge margin.
on January 6,2012 | 04:20AM
jusmetwocents wrote:
I always laugh when I see the big Chevy Suburban's with one person in them and their jack rabbit starts from a stop light to one block later jamming on their brakes to stop at the next light. They use so much more fuel than a smaller car and they are still getting no where fast!
on January 6,2012 | 08:13AM
Kalli wrote:
The SA would do everyone a service if they reminded us that we also have the highest gas taxes in the country by far. Add to that the $1 per barrell tax added last year for environmental whackos and the expected additional $1 per barrell this year that the "blue planet" wants to put on and we have a huge tax. Also, as the price of gas goes up, so does the operating costs of every company in town that delivers goods and services. Grocery stores, restaurants, McDonalds, Wendy's, every retail store uses gas somehow and when their costs go up they just pass them along to the consumer. That's why there is no .99 cent menu at Wendys in Hawaii but on the mainland you can feast for $2.
on January 6,2012 | 08:41AM
Manapua_Man wrote:
Instead telling us what we already know... that gas in Hawaii are more expensive, why don't someone do an investigative article into why the prices are slow to come down, but fast to go up than the rest of the country?
on January 6,2012 | 04:58AM
toomuchpilikia wrote:
Simply because of supply and demand and not enough competition!
on January 6,2012 | 05:47AM
harley1 wrote:
you mean that the SA should do some real reporting? what a novel concept!
on January 6,2012 | 06:12AM
FrankieT wrote:
That's why a rail system is needed. Right now we have the gas companies and car dealers in charge and until somebody takes action against both gas prices will stay high. The gas companies and car dealers are the ones against the rail system and mass transit. Once a rail system is in place and "The Bus" coordinates with the rail system then and only then will the gas prices come down. Hawaii is being gouged by the gas companies and state law makers are avoiding them because of dollars going towards their re-election.
on January 6,2012 | 05:48AM
Wazdat wrote:
You are funny, gas prices have NOTHING to do with rail. We ALREADY have DA BUS, so please stop with the B$ that rail wil help.
on January 6,2012 | 06:09AM
CartwrightPark wrote:
You know nobody gonna ride da rail! Stop da rail now, find ways to improve the infrastructure!
on January 6,2012 | 08:24AM
FrankieT wrote:
You have already destroyed the island with cement. Improve the infrastructure! yea right....... :(
on January 6,2012 | 10:55AM
FrankieT wrote:
That is not B$. Quit making excuses. If you had lite rail out to Kapolei and Ewa Beach then many of your traffic problems would be over. The gas company and car dealers do not want the lite rail and what the gas companies are worried about is the drop in sales. Come on man, get a grip on life.
on January 6,2012 | 10:54AM
kauai wrote:
Interesting how when Mufi was mayor and was pushing rail, he initially said that rail will NOT improve the traffic situation. Then 6 months later he states that rail will improve the traffic situation. Hmm, what changed during those 6 months? There appears to be an aroma of expired sea life around this rail project. Oh yes, and let's not forget that the initial projections of revenue from the 1/2 percent GET were revised DOWNWARD after the lower than expected revenue take (similar to how the state DOE "dumbed down" the assessment tests after lower than expected results). All of a sudden the rail's revenue take then showed a higher percentage to meeting it's revenue projections. Amazing what one can do by manipulating statistics/goals/tests etc. The expired sea life aroma seems to be getting stronger. And let's not forget how dismal the road conditions/maintenance are on city streets. They can't/won't maintain the current infrastructure, yet they want to build another? Unbelievable!
on January 6,2012 | 10:39PM
peanutgallery wrote:
Local gas prices are up because they want them up. With refineries right here on Oahu, this is absolute nonsense. This is the kind of story for a state without refinery capability. Hawaii doesn't use all the gas produced, and rail will do absolutely nothing to decrease the cost of a gallon. Rail is a union gift. Plain and simple. There will be no decrease in traffic congestion, only increases in projected costs, of course. Our local politicians have sold-out Hawaii. They have lined their pockets with land use conversions.
on January 6,2012 | 06:08AM
HD36 wrote:
We have the highest taxes built into the gas.
on January 6,2012 | 06:19AM
McCully wrote:
People has not found a way to cut down on their gas usage. Prices are supply and demand. When prices go down people drive more. Simple as that. It's funny, the feds never audit the oil companies and if they do, they never find anything wrong about their taxes nor prices.
on January 6,2012 | 06:29AM
braddah wrote:
Greed is killing our nation!
on January 6,2012 | 07:03AM
motoxdad wrote:
It's as simple as that.
on January 6,2012 | 07:18AM
CartwrightPark wrote:
Braddah, rajah dat! No be greedy!
on January 6,2012 | 08:25AM
FrankieT wrote:
You got that right
on January 6,2012 | 10:55AM
Bumby wrote:
The use of boycott. Can be good for prices to go down and bad for those people employed in those industries. We the people have the power over government. All we need to do is work together within the laws and the positives for our community will unfold. Apathy has made our leaders control the herd.
on January 6,2012 | 11:11AM
Newsizs wrote:
There was a 30-year old federal ethanol subsidy (VEETC) that was allowed to expire on Dec 31. It amounted to 4.5 cents per gal of gas. The credit/subsidy was never required to be passed on to the consumer, but now that it has expired, the higher cost appears to be passed along to the consumer. Supposed to be saving the fed billions of dollars.
on January 6,2012 | 11:29AM
Wazdat wrote:
Costco gas was 3.71 today a cent cheaper than last week. Amazing as down the road it was 3.99
on January 6,2012 | 03:33PM
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