HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Gas prices in Hawaii continue to rise, with some parts of the state paying as much as $ 4.16 a gallon for regular unleaded gasoline.
On Thursday morning in Honolulu, the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular was just over $ 3.90.
“Ridiculous, but what should you do? You need the gas, you have to go far, ”said local resident Jansen Ng. “That costs a lot. I have a pickup and at this price it is quite high. “
According to the AAA Hawaii, average gas prices last reached this level in November 2014.
Currently, the national average is around $ 3.05.
Marie Montgomery, spokeswoman for AAA Hawaii, says that with so many variables in play, it’s hard to predict when we might see some relief.
“Overall, what we are seeing around the world is an increase in oil prices that has been going on since the beginning of the year and has really contributed to the overall price hikes,” said Montgomery.
“If you look at two years ago or later, Hawaii has of course seen higher prices than it is now, but it’s a little unsettling to come from a time when there is a lot of fighting and the tourism industry isn’t coming all the way back yet.”
Montgomery added that demand has not fully returned, but the higher prices are due to increased oil costs, components in gasoline manufacturing, and expected future demand as COVID restrictions ease.
AAA Hawaii has some tips for drivers looking to save as much as possible. Montgomery says drivers developed a speed problem with less traffic during the pandemic. Slowing down, anticipating stopping, and rolling out when you can really add up when it comes to cost savings. Remember to run errands together and plan trips as efficiently as possible.
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