HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Local gas prices increased compared to the prior week, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.
Friday, the statewide average for regular unleaded is $4.07 a gallon, three cents more than a week ago.
Honolulu's average price increased over the past week by four cents from $3.89 a gallon to $3.93. That price is four cents more than a month ago and 35 cents higher than this time last year. In Hilo, the average gas price is $4.25 a gallon, four cents more than last week, three cents more than last month and 56 cents higher than this time last year. Wailuku's average is $4.38 a gallon, three cents more than last week, three cents more than last month and 31 cents higher than on this date last year.
"How to cope with high fuel prices? Here's our tip of the week: Use the most energy-conserving vehicle you own as much as possible," according to AAA Hawaii Regional Manager Diane Peterson. "Families often have more than one vehicle, so select the one that meets the task at hand. Don't jump into the SUV when the sedan will do. Consider renting that full size truck instead of buying it if you only need its capabilities occasionally."
Hawaii continues to have the highest gas prices in the U.S., followed by Alaska with a $3.89 state average and California at $3.70. The Alaska and California prices are identical to their state averages last week.