Maui gas hits $4

Mar 12, 2008 Read more: Honolulu Star-Bulletin 28
Some residents wonder why prices are at least 40 cents higher than on Oahu STORY SUMMARY WAILUKU Some Maui County residents are staying home more and driving less as the price for unleaded regular gasoline has ... Read more
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Greg Kingsley

Thorntown, IN

#1 Mar 12, 2008
Gas prices in Cleveland just jumped from $3.09 to $3.49/gal in less than 6 hours yesterday (3/11/08). Hawaii, watch out - even higher prices are comin' your way!
William Starr Moake

Hilo, HI

#2 Mar 12, 2008
The oil companies should be prosecuted under federal RICO statutes for running a continuing criminal enterprise to swindle the public.

Soon you will have to be rich to drive a car. When that happens, people should light torches and head for the nearest gas station chanting "Burn, baby, burn!"
Thomas

Las Cruces, NM

#3 Mar 12, 2008
Well the only good thing to come from higher fuel costs in Hawaii , more people will start riding bikes or walk which will make them healther ! There will be less crowds on the streets of Waikiki as there will be less tourists , as who will be able to go to Hawaii anymore ?
David H

Buffalo, NY

#4 Mar 12, 2008
Well, we can stop driving (SUVs) or start drilling.

As long as we (the US) import oil, we will be competing with China and other emerging economies for demand, which is driving up prices.

Since: Nov 07

Paia, Maui

#5 Mar 12, 2008
During one of the Honolulu major power outages someone called Larry Price’s radio program to complain about driving around trying to find an open gas station. Mr. Price chewed him out,“What are you driving around for!!!!?”
mauicin

Honolulu, HI

#6 Mar 12, 2008
That is totally outrageous!!! Pretty soon we will have to go back to horse and carriage days. Who in our government can help to control, I believe, the overcharging of gas on Maui. How is it all the other islands are cheaper than Maui..doesn't make any sense to me..maybe someone can explain it to me.
Maui Guy

Ewa Beach, HI

#7 Mar 12, 2008
My problem is with Kubota's article. His article does not reveal to us here on Maui what we don't already know. He poses the question that we have asked for decades... why is there such a significant price difference between Oahu and Maui.

He also fails to point out, what is also common knowledge here... that gas prices are inexplicably cheaper in central Kihei(12 miles from the Kahului port), cheaper in Kula(20 miles from Kahului) and Maalaea(9 miles from Kahului). So why are prices in Wailuku(2 miles from Kahului) higher than these places farther away?

Kubota does not ask or interview a single distributor, and even the service station operators are not asked about pricing discrepancies. Why pose a question and make no attempt to find an answer?

Eh... Kubota, don't waste my time telling me stuff I already know.
Ticia

United States

#8 Mar 12, 2008
I can't wait till $20 of gas fills up my car.
MauiCougar

Honolulu, HI

#9 Mar 12, 2008
Gas is $3.98 this morning (3/12) in Wailuku and $3.91 in Pukalani.

I've always believed that the reason for the price discrepancy between Maui and Oahu (and the other islands) was because of the local county taxes that are added to the price here on Maui. The other outer-islands don't have the level of taxation that we do here on Maui. If that really is the case, then it's up to the citizens of Maui to speak to their reps to get the tax down.

Personally, I'd rather we just drill, drill, drill for gas and then build a nuclear plant to provide electricity. So simple...
big oil

Honolulu, HI

#10 Mar 12, 2008
...some people think these rises are just the beginning and that cheep oil is quickly on the way out.
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peak_oil )
rich_driver

Honolulu, HI

#11 Mar 12, 2008
William Starr Moake wrote:
The oil companies should be prosecuted under federal RICO statutes for running a continuing criminal enterprise to swindle the public.
Soon you will have to be rich to drive a car. When that happens, people should light torches and head for the nearest gas station chanting "Burn, baby, burn!"
NO WAY - would love to see gas prices continue to rise. This will get more of those dumb drivers in their SUVs and monster trucks off the road. This is the BEST thing that's happening for energy conservation and pollution mitigation. Additionally, I hope this leads to a fundamental change in business practices of the US automakers.
The oil prices are doing what no government policies nor environmental action groups ever hoped to accomplish.
Mao

Chicago, IL

#12 Mar 12, 2008
MauiCougar wrote:
Gas is $3.98 this morning (3/12) in Wailuku and $3.91 in Pukalani.
I've always believed that the reason for the price discrepancy between Maui and Oahu (and the other islands) was because of the local county taxes that are added to the price here on Maui. The other outer-islands don't have the level of taxation that we do here on Maui. If that really is the case, then it's up to the citizens of Maui to speak to their reps to get the tax down.
Personally, I'd rather we just drill, drill, drill for gas and then build a nuclear plant to provide electricity. So simple...
...local county taxes? You mean payoff money to the crooks in the government. The added taxes on fuel is supposed to go to road improvement. If that was really true, judging on how our roads look right now, I think gas should be tax free.
Hilo Milo

Hilo, HI

#13 Mar 12, 2008
Legalize hemp for fuel! I have been talking about it in my high school and college reports for over a decade ago. Everyone looked at me like i was out of my mind. Guess i have the last laugh now! Hope gas go up to 4 bucks by the end of the 2nd quarter.
ACDC

Honolulu, HI

#14 Mar 12, 2008
Maui Guy wrote:
He also fails to point out, what is also common knowledge here... that gas prices are inexplicably cheaper in central Kihei(12 miles from the Kahului port), cheaper in Kula(20 miles from Kahului) and Maalaea(9 miles from Kahului). So why are prices in Wailuku(2 miles from Kahului) higher than these places farther away?
Oh and don't forget...gas is cheaper in Lahaina too! Can someone explain why that is?
my2cents

Honolulu, HI

#15 Mar 12, 2008
The demand for oil is up worldwide and that cannot be avoided. The upside is that if gas ever hits $8 or $10 per gallon that maybe there will be less vehicles on the road. Maui will always cost more. The refineries are on Oahu. Be glad that refinery pollution and oil spill risks are on Oahu and not Maui.
Paris

Kaunakakai, HI

#16 Mar 12, 2008
Shame on those who take this for granted.There is no need to raise the gas because we are not running out yet and,the only people making money from it is the state.No excuses lingle please you are so funny in coming out talking like you know it all[and those fools with you blood suskers!!!].Shame on you all dirty rats!!!
Brown Man

Silver Spring, MD

#17 Mar 12, 2008
Its not about supply and demand, this is simply a rip off of the american tax payers by the bush administration. Cheney is supposed to go to Saudi Arabia to discuss the possibility of them increasing output to bring down prices. The only thing that is going to happen is that Cheney is going to create a deal for him and his cronies to get paid more money.
Eric

Honolulu, HI

#18 Mar 12, 2008
It is only a matter of time before we are pay this much or more for gas on Oahu. I have three words for you :GET A MOTORCYCLE!!! My bike gets over 50 mpg and it costs me less that $10 a week for gas (and I commute from Kailua to Honolulu every day!) Some smaller bikes and scooters get as much as 75 mpg and as an added bonus, it will cut down on traffic! Imagine if everyone who drives to work in an SUV switched to a motorcycle!
B Entrekin

Wailuku, HI

#19 Mar 12, 2008
So if a gallon of gas is $.41 more in Wailuku than in Hilo, more than twice as far from Oahu, does that mean the Crooks on Maui are the biggest Crooks in Hawaii?
Why doesn't the paper name the Crooks and the crooked politicians in their pockets?
WAIMEA KAUAI

Montgomery, AL

#20 Mar 12, 2008
I thought since we went to Ethanol we was to get cheaper prices on fuel, I guess not, and Ethanol screws up our boats motor also. How come only other islands pops up on the chart for gas prices and doesn't show Kauai, reg. unlded gas $3.85

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