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Final fill-ups at busy Oahu gas station

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A long-time Honolulu gas station will shut down on Thursday, November 29. Miyazaki's 76 gas station on Rodgers Boulevard is the closest one to the airport. Visitors will have to find another spot to fill up their rental cars.

According to workers, the business has been around for more than 25 years. The gas station's five employees found out about the closure in July. The facility, which is on state airport land, will be demolished to create extra parking for nearby rental car companies.

"It's cheaper to fill up now rather than having the car rental place do it," said California visitor Dayle Lawrence. "It was on the way. I didn't have to worry about getting lost trying to find it."

"It's not going to be a good thing because it makes it a lot easier for us just to pull in, get gas bring the car back," said Rhode Island visitor Angelo Turano.

Turano travels to Oahu often to work on submarines. He said he always fills up at Miyazaki's before returning his rental car.

"If I get gas four five miles away from here and then I pull in, they're gonna put gas in and they're gonna come after us. They're gonna say we didn't fill up the car so this was a lot convenient," said Turano.

The demolition is separate from proposed changes in the Airport Modernization Program. That project calls for a five-story consolidated rental car facility. Other improvements include demolishing and rebuilding the commuter terminal, and constructing a new mauka concourse that will have more gates and be able to handle larger airplanes. The public comment period on the environmental assessment ends on November 30. A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation said the state has received a dozen responses so far.

"I'd like to see the improvements. I wish that they would keep the gas station here somewhere on the corner. It would be much easier for us," said Turano.

The gas station owner, Shizuo Miyazaki, lives in Japan. He decided not to find a new location.

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