Gas prices stable — at a high rate

LIHUE — The average price for regular gasoline in Hawaii remained unchanged last week compared to the previous week, though it did increase by a penny from Wednesday to Thursday, according to the most recent AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch, released Thursday.

“It’s been remarkably stable for several months,” AAA spokeswoman Marie Montgomery said of gas prices in Hawaii.

But the unfortunate thing, she said, is that the prices stabilized at a high rate.

The Hawaii state average for regular unleaded gas last week was $4.33 per gallon, which was the same as the prices for the previous week, four cents more than last month and three cents less than a year ago, according to AAA.

Locally, gas prices have shown a similar pattern — either remaining flat or increasing slightly last week, the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch states.

Honolulu’s average price remained unchanged for six weeks at $4.24 a gallon for regular unleaded — also unchanged from last month and a penny less from a year ago, according to AAA.

On Kauai, it costs about 30 cents more than in Honolulu for a gallon of go-juice.

On Tuesday, the price of regular gas on the Garden Isle was around $4.55 per gallon (though at Costco, it was $4.37), according to Hawaii Gas Prices, a website that tracks information on real time. Premium gas costs about 20 cents more per gallon.

Motor spirits cost more in Hawaii than anywhere else in the nation — the average price of gallon of gas was $4.29 Tuesday at noon, according to Hawaii Gas Prices. By comparison, in South Carolina, where gas is the cheapest in the U.S., it costs $3.25 for a gallon of regular gas.

Kauai, however, does not have the most expensive gas in the state. On Molokai, it costs $5.30 or more for a gallon of gas, according to AAA Hawaii.

Montgomery said Oahu will always be on the low end, because of the high concentration of the state’s population and the competition between several gas stations.

“Honolulu is almost always the cheapest on the islands,” she said.

Honolulu’s record high was on May 8, 2011, when gas prices there reached $4.48.

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