It is of little consolation to Kaua’i motorists to hear of and read about Southern California drivers paying more for a gallon of gas than we do here.
Yes, Southern California gas prices soared above the Kaua’i average recently, though prices in Northern California, which reached record highs last week, are more on par with current Kaua’i prices.
Fears of war are among factors driving up the price of crude oil. The price of a barrel of oil last week reached $36.70, just shy of a 12-year high reached the week before.
Cold weather on the Mainland East Coast and the continued refinery strike in Venezuela are other factors influencing soaring gas prices both on the right side and center of the Pacific Ocean.
Thoughts that going to war will eventually stabilize and lower gas prices aren’t consoling, either, to those who are worried about the impacts the war could have on a beleaguered national economy, and the tourism-based economy of Hawai’i.
Gas prices on Kaua’i kept marching upward, leaping 14 cents a gallon on average for regular between the first week of February and first week of March, from $1.98 to $2.12.
At least one location, Princeville Chevron, the cost of a gallon of regular gas was higher than the pump price of a gallon of premium fuel at nearby Kilauea Super Service.
According to information compiled by Martin Rice, the cost of a gallon of regular gas was $1.92 the week of Jan. 27; $1.98 the week of Feb. 6; $2.04 the week of Feb. 21; $2.10 the week of Feb. 27; and $2.12 last week.
The average price of a gallon of gasoline nationwide was $1.75 last week, according to the Lungberg Survey.