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Hawaii: The Land of High Prices

Updated on April 28, 2011

If you are planning to go to Hawaii this summer be prepared for high gas prices, the highest in the US.

In Honolulu, the average is $4.45 a gallon for regular gas and $4.63 for premium gas. In Wailuku, the average price for regular gas was $4.93 and $5.12 for premium. In Hilo, gas is $4.58 a gallon and $4.79 for premium. On Molokai, which gets its shipment of gasoline only once a month, the price was $5.16 a gallon and $5.24 for premium. Hana, Hawaii, gas is now $6 a gallon. That compares with the average state cost of $4.60-75.

The prices on the mainland are not that far behind those in Hawaii, especially those in California. The cost of living in the state has always been high, everything on those islands has at one time or not, been shipped in. Whatever it is, there is an additional 25% cost to cover this, if not more. The state wages are no better than anywhere else on the mainland because it is basically a service oriented economy. Wages reflect this despite the fact that the cost of living there is at least 25% more for the same item.

Because of the Japanese earthquake, Hawaii has been hit hard on the tourist front. Many hotels are 50% empty and if you have the money to fly there, you can get some  great vacation packages. Hawaii depends more heavily on the Asian tourists than its own from the mainland, which spend millions every year. This year will be an exception. 


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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Yes, I went there a long time ago. I was planning to live there but after three months of looking for work and seeing the prejudice against mainlanders and preference for Asians within the service industry, I gave up. But, I still love Hawaii and the weather. Like most visitors agree with, it is a great place to vacation or live for a short time, but not permanently.

    • elayne001 profile image


      7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      You are right. Hawaii does have high prices, but that is the cost of living in a moderate climate near the beaches and beauty everywhere. Seems every one dreams of coming here at least once. I feel fortunate to live here in Hawaii, and although we do not have the high standard of living you might joy in other states, there are some things that make it worth it. I still stand in awe each time I see the waterfalls running off the Ko'olau Mountains after a rain storm or see the waves coming in with a gorgeous sunset in the background. I hope you can still come here and enjoy Hawaii. It is expensive all around the world right now. Aloha!

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      7 years ago from Brasil, Vitoria - ES

      I liked this Hub! Very useful. I'm brazilian and here everybody want knows Hawaii someday. I hope one day...


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