Hawaii: The Land of High Prices
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.