Oahu drivers see gas prices under $2

Oahu drivers see gas prices under $2
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii's average gas price is still way above the rest of the country, according to AAA.

But on Oahu, motorists are finding prices closer to the national average ($2.57 a gallon) than the state average ($1.71 a gallon).

At the Safeway in Ewa Beach, the price Monday was $1.95 per gallon.

"It feels terrific. I'm so happy," said driver Claire Loo Nakatsuka.

Added Ross Prizzia, "Yeah it's fantastic."

Costo Iwilei was not far behind at $2.05 per gallon.

According to AAA, the highest-recorded average in Honolulu was $4.48 a gallon back in 2012. That's a huge difference for commuters.

Doing the math, the average Ewa Beach resident who commutes to Honolulu five days a week is saving roughly $12 a week, or about $600 a year.

That's on the commute alone.

The picture is not as rosy on Molokai and Maui, where prices are still incredibly high.

It was $4.06 a gallon at one station in Kaunakakai on Monday, and in the mid-$3 range in Kahului.

Honolulu drivers say they're enjoying the low prices because they're not certain how long they'll last.

"I can afford to buy gas. I can afford to take my family out to dinner. Can do a lot of different things," said one motorist.

"Think when I buy my next car I'm going to get a gas guzzler so I can enjoy the low prices," added another.

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