civilian conservation corps

Courtesy of Malama Puuloa

State-wide unemployment remains at more than ten-percent in Hawaii, among the highest levels in the country. To create jobs, one local organization has brought back an idea from the Great Depression: paying unemployed workers to do environmental restoration.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi/HPR

Hawai’i has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country with nearly a quarter of a million island residents out of work. As state leaders consider solutions to this crisis, there’s one approach that would create jobs, address some local issues, and reach back to a bit of history that worked in the past.