Why is gas so expensive in Hawaii?

My partner and I are vacationing in Hawaii. We thought we’d budgeted well for the whole trip, but we’re spending so much more on gas than we expected. Why is gas so expensive in Hawaii?

Sarah Gray · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
I hope you and your partner are having a great vacation despite the high gas prices you’re running into. Here are the biggest reasons gas is so expensive in Hawaii:
  • Decreased gas and oil imports
  • Distance from refineries
  • Increased demand
Prices for gas and other necessities are always somewhat higher in Hawaii simply because it’s difficult to get things there. This, coupled with increased demand from tourists and commuters post-COVID-19—not to mention shortages from bans on Russian oil and gas imports—has created the perfect storm for gas prices to skyrocket.
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