HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) Gas prices rose throughout the islands last week and Hilo set a new record price of $4.66, breaking the previous record of $4.65 set July 31, 2008, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.
Thursday, the statewide average for regular unleaded is $4.50 a gallon, six cents more than a week ago, 25 cents more than a month ago and 36 cents more than a year ago.
Honolulu's average price rose four cents over the past week to $4.37 a gallon. That price is 25 cents more than a month ago and 34 cents higher than this time last year.
In Hilo, the average gas price is $4.66 a gallon, seven cents more than last week, 38 cents more than last month and 51 cents higher than this time last year.
Wailuku's average is $4.63 a gallon, nine cents more than last week, 20 cents more than last month and 32 cents higher than on this date last year.
California has the second most expensive gas in the country with an average price of $4.34 a gallon and Alaska has the third most expensive fuel in the U.S. with an average price of $4.29.
"Remove excess items from the passenger compartment and truck of the vehicle," said AAA Hawaii Regional Manager Diane Peterson. An extra 100 pounds could reduce your miles per gallon by up to 2 percent. The reduced mileage is based on the percentage of extra weight compared to the vehicle's weight. Smaller vehicles are affected more than larger ones, she added.