WAILUKU, Hawaii — The Hawaii Department of Education is making up ground in its shortage of school bus drivers on Kauai and Maui islands.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/2xeBkMv ) the department says two Iao Intermediate bus routes were restored last week on Maui.

School bus contractors have not had enough drivers with commercial licenses.

Maui’s shortage of qualified school bus drivers is currently at seven, down from 11 three weeks ago. Routes at Lahainaluna High School have been fully restored.

Kauai’s shortage of qualified school bus drivers is at seven, down from eight three weeks ago. School bus routes have been consolidated to adjust to staffing shortages and all schools are still being serviced.

The department says several candidates are in the licensing process and routes will be restored when they enter service.