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Living Hawaii: The Surprising Price Tag for New Car Buyers in the Islands

Long-distance shipping affects the cost of many goods in Hawaii, but that's not the case for our vehicles.

·By Nick Grube

Editor’s Note: Civil Beat is examining why life in the islands is so expensive in an ongoing series, Living Hawaii. We are taking a look at what’s behind high prices here and discussing ways to bring them down.

We’ve all heard about the “Paradise Tax.” It is, people say, the added cost of living in these islands.

We feel it at the gas pump, when we open our electric bill, and at the checkout counter when we purchase a gallon of milk.

Many believe it gets back to the cost of shipping goods

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Nick Grube

Nick Grube is a reporter for Civil Beat. You can reach him by email at nick@civilbeat.com or follow him on Twitter at @nickgrube.
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