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AAA Hawai’i: Gas Prices See Sharp Rise From 2019

January 11, 2020, 5:00 PM HST
* Updated January 11, 3:35 PM
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Ho’okele Safeway Fuel Station. Maui Now file photo. 

So far into the new year, gas prices in many areas throughout the islands are about 40 cents higher than they were at the start of 2019, AAA Hawai’i Weekend Gas Watch announced on Thursday.

According to AAA Hawai’i officials, Middle East tensions do not appear to be affecting Hawai’i gas prices.

On Thursday, the statewide average price is $3.66 a gallon, which is the same as the week before, 1 cent higher than a month ago, and 37 cents higher than a year ago, GasPrices.AAA.com reported.

In Honolulu, Thursday’s average price for regular was $3.53, which is the same as the week before, the same as a month ago and 40 cents higher than on this date last year.

The Hilo average price is $3.76, which is the same as the week before, two cents higher than on the same date last month and 41 cents higher than a year ago.

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In Kahului, the average price is $3.84, which is one cent higher than the Thursday before, a penny higher than a month ago and 23 cents higher than a year ago.  Līhuʻe’s average price for regular is $3.89, which is the same as the week before, three cents higher than last month and 35 cents higher than a year ago today.

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“Currently, the incidents between the U.S. and Iran have not affected prices locally,” AAA Hawaiʻi general manager Liane Sumida said in a press release.

“However, Hawaiʻi did not experience the significant gas price drops at the end of 2019 that it had at the end of 2018, so we are starting the new year at a much higher price level.”

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Prices as of 8 a.m. Jan. 9:

Area                    Regular   

One Week Change    

Record Price
Honolulu $3.53   No change $4.48   (5/8/2011)
Hilo $3.76   No change $4.76   (4/22/2012)
Kahului $3.84   +1 cent $4.87   (4/10/2012)
Lihue $3.89   No change $4.98   (5/7/2011)
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