Marshall Akamu, left, Dustin Williams and Duane Pajimola stock the shelves in preparation for the holiday season at the Hawaii Food Basket. The holidays are always a busy time for the food basket as families trying to get by rely on the provider to help fill their shelves. Hawaii County remains well below the state average median income, according to recent Census Bureau figures. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
HILO — It’s long been said a rising tide lifts all boats, but census data released last week shows the Big Island remains grounded on the reef of a faltering economy.