This month continues to be a record one for Hawaii gas prices, which have not moved much over the week and continue to be at or near their highest levels ever, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch. The average regular unleaded gas price for Hawaii is $5.24, which is the same as last week and just a fraction of a penny below the all-time record price set April 9. The average national price is $4.12, up five cents from a week ago.
In Honolulu, today’s average price for regular unleaded is $5.15, which is unchanged for three weeks in a row, 15 cents higher a month ago, $1.49 higher than the price on this date last year, and technically a new record for the state by a fraction of a penny. The Hilo average gas price is $5.29, down one cent from last Thursday’s price, 17 cents higher than a month ago, and $1.40 higher than on this date a year ago.
In Kahului, the average price is $5.35, which is two cents higher than last week, 15 cents higher than last month, and $1.58 higher than a year ago. Lihue’s average price for regular is $5.46, which is the same as last week, 20 cents higher than last month, and $1.52 higher than a year ago.
“When gas prices are this high, drivers can save on fuel by being mindful about combining errands and using the most fuel-efficient vehicle in their household,” said Liane Sumida, AAA Hawaii general manager.
More AAA Hawaii tips to save on fuel include:
- If you use premium unleaded fuel, make sure it is required for your vehicle, not just recommended. AAA’s Automotive Research Center found that vehicles with recommended premium fuel performed safely with regular unleaded gasoline.
- Make sure your tires are properly maintained and inflated to the correct level.
- Maintain your car according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Regular service will ensure optimum fuel economy.
- Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and hard accelerations. These actions greatly increase fuel consumption.
- Slow down and drive the speed limit. Higher speeds result in more aerodynamic drag.
- Use cruise control on the highway to help maintain a constant speed and save fuel. However, never use cruise control on slippery roads because you could lose control of the vehicle.
- Minimize your use of air conditioning.
- Avoid extended idling to warm up the engine, even in colder temperatures. It’s unnecessary and wastes fuel.
- Remove unnecessary and bulky items from your car.
- Minimize your use of roof racks and remove special carriers when not in use.
- Download the AAA Mobile app to find the cheapest gas prices near you.
Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find AAA discounts, book a hotel and access AAA Roadside Assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/Mobile.
Prices as of 6 a.m., April 21: