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Motorists line up at gas stations

By Mike Gordon

LAST UPDATED: 01:40 a.m. HST, Oct 28, 2012

Cars and trucks were lined up five deep at the pumps at the Hawaii Kai Chevron, which is in the tsunami inundation zone Saturday.

Rich Reilly was trying to fill up his pickup truck as fast as possible so he could get to his beach lot house in Waimanalo to grab belongings and important papers.

"I'm a sailor, so I respect Mother Nature – and I challenge her as a sailor – but I don't want to challenge her this time," said the 47-year-old Reilly, a general contractor. "I totally respect this."  

Stephanie Dobson, who lives near the ocean in nearby Kuliouou, was relatively calm even though her home is at sea level.

"I pulled the portable generators out form under the house and put them up on a rock wall which is about seven feet high," said Dobson, 37. "I'm just securing property and whatever happens, happens."

Lanikai resident Christine Crosby lives on high ground but has friends at sea level and she wanted to get her gas so she could get home and make sure they were safe. Hawaii has had tsunami threats that resulted in nothing but that didn't matter to her.

"I grew up here and I have neighbors who survived two tsunamis and they said to not go near the ocean," said Crosby, 45. "I take it pretty seriously."

But Bradley Leon-Yep, a 20-year-old carpenter who lives on Kamehame Ridge, was annoyed that so many people showed up to get gas. He was there because his tank was almost empty and not because he feared a tsunami might create gas shortages.

"Where are you going to drive to?" he said. "If a tsunami hits, you're going to stay home. I don't understand why people have to fill their tanks up with gas."

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kalaoa wrote:
city folk are soooo out of touch. why bother filling gas, when they should be using what they have to move away?
on October 27,2012 | 10:13PM
dufus wrote:
Why, because if electricity goes out how the heck will the gas pumps work..!
on October 28,2012 | 12:49PM
niimi wrote:
Some pumps running out of gas. Gas station rage ensuing now.
on October 27,2012 | 10:57PM
droid wrote:
Wow, if we were all like Bradley and lived on Kamehame Ridge, maybe we would “just stay home.”
on October 27,2012 | 11:00PM
localguy wrote:
The little 4th world of Hawaii Nei is showing the world how well our citizens are prepared for a Tsunami - NOT!!!! This is what we do.
on October 27,2012 | 11:16PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
@ localguy. LOL, don't judge small groups as representatives of Hawaii Nei, unless you like doing that. Like "The Grasshopper and the Ant", not everyone is ill-prepared in life. Are you?
on October 28,2012 | 03:14PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
You should fill your tank when it get to 3/4 level. That way you alway will have gas and not likely to be caught empty during an emergency.
on October 27,2012 | 11:18PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
You mean top it off? Really? In 50 years of driving, I have never experienced such an emergency. I always laugh when I hear commercials say "It's not IF Oahu experiences the next hurricane.....it's WHEN!" and I laugh again when people scramble for gas, rice, toilet paper, bottled water, batteries..If I get caught with an empty tank in a hurricane, I'll ride my bicycle around the gridlocked traffic and eat canned goods at home. At night, when it gets dark, I'll keep a flashlight handy and sleep when it gets dark. I guess I'd take extra precautions, if I lived near the shore. I live in the valley, I got my disaster stash, so I can sleep well.
on October 28,2012 | 03:29PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
For those of us who seen and experienced the effects of hurricane ewa in 1982 and hurricane iniki in 1992 when power lines were down and there was no electricity for several days Gas stations were closed. If your car had no gas then you were unable to take your injured family member to find medical attention or come to the assistance of family and friends.
on October 28,2012 | 07:48PM
Aquarius1 wrote:
Probably some of the same fools buying up water and juices, TP, Rice and Spam at the stores. Don't you folks have a disaster stash of food and water? Duuuhhhhhhh........
on October 27,2012 | 11:34PM
1assa wrote:
They bought the tp FIRST.
on October 28,2012 | 04:21AM
Anonymous wrote:
You obviously never lived through the Longshoremen's strikes of the 60's and 70's. Only then would you understand. To you, sir, I say DUHHH!
on October 28,2012 | 05:18AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
LOL, I lived thru those longshoremen's strikes. I laughed then, and I STILL laugh when you guys run around like chickens without heads, doing panic shopping. I just can't help myself. It's so stupid, it's funny.BE PREPARED! Have your disaster stash handy! I just drove back from Makaha. I better go top off my tank.....not! I get 30mpg, so I used 2 gallons. Maybe I'll gas up on Friday.....if I NEED to.
on October 28,2012 | 03:39PM
bobjones wrote:
I think we deserve a major story on this. I witnessed Nuuanu Avenue made almost impassable at the Pauoa inter-connect-street by motorists lined up at the Chevron station. What's the point? Why do Oahu motorists need a full tank? Is it all panic and craziness? We're not evacuating from Grande Isle Louisiana 200 miles north to safety!
on October 28,2012 | 12:12AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
It's a good human interest story, how people panic. Panic shopping. After the hurricane/tsunami/ volcano eruption/ embargo/blockade scare is declared over, then people return the items, I guess, instead of storing them for the next hurricane/tsunami/volcano eruption/blockade/embargo. Mom would buy me a=rice and tp when talks of strike loomed. Ah, come on, Ma. If there's a strike, I'll just NOT eat rice! But thanks for the toilet paper, Mom. LOL. People are funny.
on October 28,2012 | 03:54PM
akulepapiomoi wrote:
good that lots of people wait to buy gas. frees up roads and less traffic! mahalo!!
on October 28,2012 | 06:51AM
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