Permit granted for Maui Costco gas station

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui, which has the most expensive gasoline in Hawaii, is set to get a Costco gas station.

Costco has been given a planning commission permit to expand its Kahului store to include a gas station.

Of the areas tracked by AAA, Wailuku on Wednesday has the highest average price in Hawaii for a gallon of unleaded at $4.39. The average price in the state, the most expensive gas in the nation, is $4.19.

According to, Honolulu Costco is selling unleaded for $3.92.

The Maui News ( reports that 90% of the island's adult residents are Costco cardholders.

Costco says construction is to begin in January.

Commissioners have dismissed a petition by Dairy Road Partners, which operates nearby Superstop gas station. Owners say the expansion would hurt their business.

Information from: The Maui News,

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