About Us


Big Island Energy Company has serviced Hawaii Island with fuel and lubricant solutions since 1982, originally as a member of the Akana Petroleum organization, and since 2009 as member of the Maui Oil family of companies.

Today, Big Island Energy Company is part of the largest, local family-owned petroleum marketer in Hawaii. Our main office is located in Hilo, Hawaii, and our family of companies also include Maui Oil Company, Lanai Oil Company, and GP Energy Company.

Maui Oil Company was first launched by Alex McBarnet Senior in 1982, growing to become the largest Maui-owned distributor of fuel and lubricants on the Valley Isle. The company extended service to Lanai in 1986 as Lanai Oil Company, to Hawaii Island in 2009 as Big Island Energy Company, to Kauai and Molokai in 2013, and to Oahu in 2018 as GP Energy Company.

We also operate Maui Express Car Wash in Kahului, Maui.

As our operations evolve, we continue to grow throughout the Pacific, always with a commitment to being good community partners and offering unparalleled petroleum products and services.

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Our company logo is on everything we do, and reflects the very roots of our organization.

The design was guided by author Gill McBarnet, wife of company co-owner Terry McBarnet, as she reflected on the values that inspired Alex and Mary Jane McBarnet to launch our family business in the 1980s.

The waves represent the family’s love and respect for the water that surrounds our island home.

For our founder, Alex McBarnet, flight was lifelong passion. From his days as a pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II, to his time as a private pilot on Maui, he held a deep love for soaring with the birds. The ae‘o, or Hawaiian stilt, is a frequent visitor of the Kanaha Pond Wildlife Sanctuary adjacent to our company’s home office, and the majestic silhouette of the bird in flight seemed an appropriate image to represent the company.

The stars remind us to be passionate about life and our personal aspirations, and to reach for the stars in all that we do.