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Maui Bus Driver Forced to Leave Five Kids Behind Due to Shortage of Buses

Maui school bus driver Cheryl Kuanoni was forced to leave five children behind because of a shortage of buses.

She posted on social media Thursday about the heartbreak of having to leave the young children behind, after filling her 72 seat capacity. Kuanoni even offered to remove her own kids from the bus.

Parents say refusing keiki shouldn’t even have to be an option.

“I read a post saying that the bus driver was crying because she was forced to leave behind five kids and the kids were asking her, ‘Why auntie, why can’t I get on the bus?’ ” Said parent, Natalie Darisay.

Darisay soon realized one of those keiki was her own 6 year old daughter Ka’ua. It was her second day back to school and her first time using the bus.

“I couldn’t imagine how she was feeling. When I got a call from the school saying that she was one of the five that had to be left behind, I had so many emotions going through me.” Said Darisay.

Darisay was on her way to work, but quickly re-routed to pick up her daughter from Paia Elementary. When she arrived, Ka’ua had already been put on another bus.

“At first I was scared. Now, I was just mad and scared. I didn’t know where my daughter was at that point” explained Darisay.

Other parents who’s keiki take the bus say the uncertainty of their children making it home is unacceptable.

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