HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Gas prices spiked throughout the islands last week and Hilo set a record price of $4.75 this past week, breaking the previous record of $4.71 set March 29, 2012, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.
Today, the statewide average for regular unleaded is $4.60 a gallon, three cents more than a week ago, 23 cents more than a month ago and 28 cents more than a year ago.
Honolulu's average price rose three cents over the past week to $4.47 a gallon. That price is 21 cents more than a month ago and 25 cents higher than this time last year.
In Hilo, the average gas price is $4.75 a gallon, four cents more than last week, 18 cents more than last month and 41 cents higher than this time last year.
Wailuku's average is $4.78 a gallon, four cents more than last week, 24 cents more than last month and 19 cents higher than on this date last year.
Alaska has the second most expensive fuel in the U.S. with an average price of $4.37. California has the third most expensive gas in the country with an average price of $4.29 a gallon.
How can drivers reduce their gas bills? Here's our tip of the week: "Avoid heavy traffic and peak driving times, if you can," said AAA Hawaii Regional Manager Diane Peterson. "Plan your drive and errands. The shortest route may not be the most efficient route if you're stopping in traffic frequently."