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The Associated Press April 28, 2011, 4:47PM ET

Hawaii gas prices set daily records; hits $4.56

The soaring average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Hawaii has been setting daily records for more than a week.

The Aloha state's average price Thursday was $4.56, up 4 cents from a week ago and about a dollar more than a year ago, according to the American Automobile Association's Hawaii affiliate.

The nationwide average was $3.88, also a 4-cent hike from last week and a dollar more than last year.

Hawaii's price has been setting daily records since April 20, when it first broke the previous record of $4.51 set on July 31, 2008.

"With gas prices so high, many drivers may be tempted to run down their tanks until the fuel light comes on," said AAA Hawaii regional manager Diane Peterson. "AAA reminds drivers that consistently driving on a near-empty tank can cause costly damage to the fuel pump and other car components."

The automobile association recommends filing up before the tank gets below a quarter full.

Hawaii was the first state to break the $4 mark more than a month ago. Now Alaska, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York and the District of Columbia are above $4 as well.

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