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AAA Hawaii: Gas Prices Hover At Or Near Record Levels

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Hawaii gas prices moved very little in most areas over the past week, continuing to hover at high levels as more spring break travelers arrive, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch. The average regular unleaded gas price for Hawaii is $5.24, which is a penny higher than last week and equal to the all-time record price set last Saturday. The average national price is $4.07, down eight cents from a week ago.

In Honolulu, today’s average price for regular unleaded is $5.15, which is unchanged from last week, 31 cents higher a month ago, $1.41 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 $5.30, up one cent from last Thursday’s price, 31 cents higher than a month ago, and $1.41 higher than on this date a year ago.

In Kahului, the average price is $5.33, which is one cent higher than last week, 21 cents higher than last month, and $1.56 higher than a year ago. Lihue’s average price for regular is $5.46, which is up three cents from last week, 30 cents higher than last month, and $1.52 higher than a year ago.

“Oil prices continue to drop, but local drivers have yet to see that benefit at the pump,” said Liane Sumida, AAA Hawaii general manager. “We encourage consumers to aggressively shop around for the lowest gas price using a tool like the free AAA Mobile app. There are gas stations on most of the islands charging well under $5 a gallon.”

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 

Prices as of 6 a.m., April 14:

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