The price of gas in Hawaii — which is already the highest in the nation, set a record yesterday and looks like it will continue to go even higher over the next couple of weeks. Escalating gas prices continue to be a major problem in Hawaii, as drivers are getting gouged at the pump worse than ever.
The AAA Hawaii Daily Fuel Gauge Report estimated Saturday that the state-wide average price of regular gas reached $4.597 a gallon, beating the old record of $4.594 set in May 2011. Theaverage price dropped by 1/10th of a cent today. The price of gas here has risen about 25 cents in the last month and is about 33 cents higher than the same time last year.
Nationally, the average price of gas is $3.925 for regular and some analysts believe it could reach a record high next month. Analysts think pump prices will top $4 a gallon nationally within the next couple of weeks, perhaps sooner. Then they could start to fall.
Prices Around Hawaii
In Honolulu, the average regular gas price is about $4.47 cents a gallon and could beat the record price of about $4.48 cents a gallon in the next couple of days if prices continue rising at the same pace.
Hilo’s gas prices set another record Saturday of about $4.76, but dropped by 1/10th of a cent today. Gas prices in Hilo have been setting records daily since March 22.
Wailuku’s average price of about $4.77 a gallon for regular is 22 cents a gallon less than the record of $4.99 set in May 2011.
Gas prices are so far out of hand that many drivers don’t know what to do. Most people will put $20 in their tank, drive down the freeway one time and then have to put more gas in the same day. There really is no way to combat prices short of everyone getting together and not going to the pump for a while. Since this seems impossible, Hawaii and the rest of the nation will have to hold out hope that the current record high gas prices in Hawaii will start to fall shortly.