LIHU’E — Gasoline prices on the island have increased by around 15 cents a
gallon in the past month, from Jan. 25 to Feb. 29.
The latest increase was
a few nights ago, with different island dealers raising their pump prices
yesterday morning and afternoon. (See chart)
Both local dealers and the
U.S. Department of Energy see no relief in sight until September at the
Nationally, the Department of Energy reports that petroleum
product prices have increased between 20 and 40 cents a gallon this year
compared to the same time last year.
The DOE estimates that prices at the
pump might not decline until sometime next year.
Glen Konishi, of Gary’s
Service, Inc., thinks pump prices on Kaua’i will continue climbing right
through the summer, as Mainland news reports indicate.
“Yeah, I think so. I
heard like not until the end of summer” for relief.
“So it’s probably
going to go up until then,” Konishi told The Garden Island.
All over the
Mainland, prices at the pump are going up, Konishi said.
prices start dropping, Hawai’i prices should come down shortly thereafter, he
Since February of last year and now, the price of a barrel of crude
oil increased from $11.37 to abour $30, a nine-year high as a result of
production cuts self-imposed by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting
The OPEC oil ministers will meet at the end of this month
to consider future production strategies, and are under pressure from the
United States to increase production.
Increased production will lower oil
prices, which will translate, eventually, to stabilized or lower pump
The Sunday average U.S. price of a gallon of unleaded regular
gasoline was $1.47, the highest price ever.