‘Are your kids next?’

WAIMEA — More than 20 residents and visitors lined Mamalahoa Highway waving signs Saturday morning to protest more than 2,300 children ripped away from their parents and caged or otherwise hidden in secret places across the U.S. earlier this month.

NHCH recruiting volunteers

Residents can support patients and their families as volunteers at North Hawaii Community Hospital. No special skills are required, and the only qualification required is a desire to help others.

29th annual Turtle Independence Day celebrated

Since 1989, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows staff members have raised young honu from Sea Life Park on Oahu in the hotel’s saltwater ponds. Several juvenile turtles are approved for release each year.

Space still available in P&R Waimea, Honokaa Summer Fun programs

The Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation announced that children can still be registered in their 2018 Summer Fun program. Offered now through July 20, it consists of a spectrum of arts and crafts projects, indoor/outdoor games, sports, music, dance, nature exploration, swimming, special events and excursions.

Additional summer school program and free meals offered at WES

In addition to a music camp, Waimea Elementary School (WES) is running an official DOE academic summer school program teaching students math and reading concepts through project based learning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The program continues through July 3.

Across the Universe

On the summer solstice — “the first day of summer” — in June, the sun reaches its most northerly position in the sky. On this day, the sun will be directly overhead at solar noon at the Tropic of Cancer and visible for a full 24 hours at the Arctic Circle. Solar noon is the time of the day when the sun is highest in the sky.