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AAA Hawaii: Gas Prices Continue Setting Records In Most Areas

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Gas prices continued setting daily records the past week in Hawaii, but did not increase as quickly as in most other states, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch. The average regular unleaded gas price for Hawaii is now $5.50, which is five cents more than last week and a new record for the state. The average national price is $4.97, up 25 cents from a week ago and also a new record.

In Honolulu, today’s average price for regular unleaded is $5.38, which is a new record price, four cents higher than last week, 21 cents higher than a month ago, and $1.48 higher than the price on this date last year. The Hilo average gas price is $5.56, which is also a new record and nine cents higher  than last week, 22 cents higher than last month, and $1.52 higher than on this date a year ago.

In Kahului, the average price of $5.64 is eight cents higher than last week, 20 cents higher than last month and $1.70 higher than a year ago. Lihue’s average price for regular is $5.83, which is two cents lower than last week, 23 cents higher than last month, and $1.67 higher than a year ago.

“Analysts are projecting significant increases in oil prices over the next year as Russian oil leaves Western markets, and that is continuing to put upward pressure on gas prices” said Liane Sumida, AAA Hawaii general manager.

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 pp 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 

Prices as of 6 a.m., June 9:

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