AIEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A day after the Department of Education released its list of school bus route cuts, residents from one of Oahu's hardest hit communities are speaking out.
Representative K. Mark Takai spoke with concerned families in Aiea Sunday.
About seven schools and hundreds of students in the Aiea-Pearl City area will be affected by the cuts, which will save the state $5.5 million dollars.
Rep. Takai says the Governor should exercise emergency power to save the 103 slashed routes.
"This is a pretty high priority. We have to ensure that our kids are learning, and in order to learn, they have to be in school. If we don't provide bus service to our students, I'm afraid that some of those kids won't be in school", said Rep. Takai.
"I used to walk to school when I was a freshman in intermediate, and having a little six-year old walk to school and walk up the hill by themselves, it's really dangerous", said Aiea High School student Rebecca Bolosan.
In addition to using emergency funds, Takai also proposed adjusting school start times, an option which the DOE is reviewing.