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Ethanol-free fuel being sold in Hawaii

Though most boaters won’t be headed to Hawaii for their fuel, one island distributor is offering ethanol-free gasoline in light of the problems the additive has caused retail customers.

Aloha Petroleum is offering ethanol-free Aloha Classic gasoline in Waianae, on the island of Oahu. Rated a minimum 89 octane and containing a detergent additive, Aloha Classic is formulated for boat engines and other small engines that can be damaged by ethanol-blended gasoline.

Gasoline without ethanol does not qualify for exemption from the state General Excise Tax, so the tax must be collected at the time of purchase.

A state law that took effect in 2006 requires 85 percent of gasoline to contain at least 10 percent ethanol. However, Aloha says boaters began reporting problems running ethanol-blended gasoline, including damage to fiberglass tanks and engines, and clogged fuel intakes and carburetors.

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