Gas prices concern drivers

Terence Stevenson
Terence Stevenson
Jenny Brady
Jenny Brady
Carol Otani
Carol Otani

By Kristine Uyeno - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The annual gas price spike, leading up to Memorial Day weekend, is frustrating many island drivers.

"I'm astounded. I'm surprised. This is the first time I've seen it like this in a long time," said Jenny Brady, driver.

"A little bit concerned but the prices of oil's rising, so it's expected," said Terence Stevenson, driver.

In the past month, Hawaii's average has gone up 20 cents. But drivers we talked to say, that's not enough to change their driving habits.

"Because we'll stay close to town, you know we're not traveling far, we're not on the Mainland," said Brady.

Hawaii drivers also know, prices could be worse. Remember last Memorial Day weekend?

The state average for a gallon of regular unleaded was $3.98. Today, it's $2.67, about $1.30 less per gallon.

"Back when it was $4, it did change our mentality about driving, consolidating and things like that," said Brady.

Even if gas prices creep back up to the whopping $4 mark, some people say, they'll still, pay up.

"But the thing is, this is my vice, my car. I don't smoke, I don't drink, I like to drive so I don't mind paying the $5 for a gallon of gas," said Carol Otani, driver.

"I'll fill it up no matter what the price," said Stevenson.

The most, Hawaii drivers have ever paid for gas, was last July.

That's when the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded, was $4.51.