Posted February 06, 2019 04:11:49The islands of Maui, Lanai and Kauai are all set to raise prices for families on February 8 as the nation braces for an ice storm.
The price hike will bring the cost of a standard meal to $11.50 per person, a hike of 3 per cent over the past six months.
There will be no increase on children under six and people who have not yet had their first child will see their prices increase.
A spokesperson for Hawaii Health told The Irish News that the price hike was aimed at encouraging families to prepare for the upcoming holiday season.
“In the wake of the cold snap that we experienced, we have decided to hike prices for all of our families, including those who are making the most of their time off,” the spokesperson said.
“This is in keeping with our policy of increasing prices to help families save money during this time.”
The spokesperson added that the decision to hike the price was a result of the fact that most families were spending less than they did during the peak summer months.
“When families are in the market, we are also looking at how families can better manage their spending and we are going to be working with our suppliers to see if we can come up with some more ideas to help reduce the costs of this winter,” the statement read.
The spokesperson said the price increases would take effect from 2pm on February 11.
The cost of the standard meal is now $10.50 for a family of four, up from $8.50 last year.
The spokesman said that the cost would rise to $15 for a four-person family.
Kauai also raised its prices by an extra $1 for a three-person meal.
An extra $5.25 is charged for children under four, and an extra 2.5 per cent for people over 50.
The cost increases will be implemented in the same manner as the cost hikes on all other items.
People are advised to check their local health department for details of how to increase their spending, including what to do if their household budget is not up to par.
Health Minister Jonathan Elkins said in a statement that the move was in line with the Government’s commitment to reducing the impact of the severe winter weather on the island of Hawaii.
“The price increase is meant to encourage families to spend more money in order to get a quality holiday, and is part of a number of measures to help Hawaii cope with this difficult time,” the minister said.
“Our focus has always been to ensure that families can make the most out of the holidays.
This increase will help families who are preparing for the holidays, who are looking to save money and who are trying to get ahead during this critical time.”
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