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AAA gas watch:average gas prices rise again

 HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Gasoline prices pushed up throughout the islands again this week, due to a continued run-up in crude oil and global demand, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price in Wailuku is $4.02 a gallon, two cents more than last week, 12 cents more than last month and 34 cents more than last year.

Thursday, the statewide average rose again to $3.68 a gallon - a penny more than last week.

Thursday's average price in Honolulu is $3.55 per gallon for regular unleaded, one cent more than last week, 17 cents more than a month ago and 33 cents higher than this time last year.

In Hilo, the average gas price is $3.70 a gallon, a nickel more than last week, 23 cents more than last month and 39 cents more than this time last year. Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia are averaging above $3 per gallon for self-serve regular gasoline.

"Some interesting post-holiday fuel figures showed that U.S. gasoline use for the week ending Dec. 24 was up 3.9 percent from the same week in 2009. Even though this might look like a substantial increase, the year-to-date gasoline demand showed only mild growth for 2010 to 0.3 percent versus 2009, "said AAA Hawaii Regional Manager Diane Peterson. "However, demand for oil and gasoline in developing countries has been increasing and that demand is driving up the price of oil."

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