Whenever and wherever we stopped on the tourist routes on the Hawaiian islands over the past month or so, we were quite annoyed that the tour buses and vans kept their engines running the entire time their passengers were hiking, walking, bathrooming, shopping, eating.....for varying lengths of time. How can it be that this is permitted when it creates air and noise pollution, harms the plants and animals, annoys other visitors, and is environmentally and ecologically so wasteful and terrible. Every day I observed big tour buses and smaller vans running their engines...sometimes over an hour. Is it too hard for the driver to turn off the engine and restart it forty minutes later? Will it take too long for the bus to get cool enough and will it heat up so much in 20-30 minutes? Would it be possible for the driver to start up the bus a few minutes before reboarding to cool the bus rather than leaving it running for so long?
I strongly urge Hawaiians to fight for legislation and for tourists to object to the pollution their tour buses and vans create.
Mother Earth thanks you