updated 4/10/2008 7:07:10 PM ET 2008-04-10T23:07:10

The average price of regular gasoline on Maui island has reached a record $4 a gallon.

Wailuku is the first area in the nation tracked by AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report to hit the $4 mark. In the remote coastal town of Hana, the price is around $4.55 a gallon.

Maui's average is up about half a cent from Wednesday, 5.7 cents from a month ago and about 74 cents from a year ago.

The state's average stands at $3.67, about a penny shy of the record high set in September 2005. California leads the nation with an average of $3.75.

The national average price of gas climbed 1.4 cents overnight to a record just under $3.36 a gallon. The Energy Department believes the national average price could spike as high as $4 a gallon this summer.

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