Are rising energy costs an emergency? Council members receive update from Hawaiian Electric

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Elijah Mahauou fills up his truck half way while his son, Eazyn, leans outside the window at a Shell gas station in Hilo on Tuesday. Mahauou lives in Kalapana and says he has to spend at least $40 a day on a half tank of gas. This rising price of oil due to Russia’s attack on Ukraine also is increasing residential utility bills.

A Hawaiian Electric representative hopes customers’ energy bills might start to decrease by the summer, but nothing is certain.