Gas prices spike in Hilo, drop in Honolulu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Local gas prices are continuing their two-month pattern of barely budging, except in Hilo, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.

The Hawaii state average for regular unleaded is $4.38 per gallon, which is unchanged from last week, the same price on this day last month and 23 cents less than on this day last year.

Honolulu's average price is $4.30 a gallon for regular unleaded, down a penny after six weeks, one cent less than last month and down 17 cents from a year ago.

In Hilo, the average gas price is $4.37 per gallon, four cents more than last week, four cents more than last month and 38 cents less than this time a year ago.

Wailuku's average is $4.53 a gallon, unchanged from last week, two cents less than last month and 35 cents less than the price last year.

"Hawaii is the only state whose gas price averages are more than $4 a gallon, followed by Alaska at $3.99 and California at $3.96," according to AAA Hawaii General Manager Liane Sumida.  "AAA released the results of its annual 'Your Driving Costs' study this week, revealing a 1.96 percent increase in the cost to own and operate a sedan in the U.S. The average cost rose 1.17 cents to 60.8 cents per mile, or $9,122 per year, based upon 15,000 miles of annual driving."

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