Announcements: July 31, 2021

KidX Back to School Celebration is finishing its school supply drive today in collaboration with Get Ready Hawaii, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Keauhou Shopping Center. The event will feature keiki crafts, yard games, selfie station, face painting, giveaways and more. Get Ready Hawaii will be giving away one free book per child while supplies last.

Island Life: Wrong tern

A lone Inca Tern at South Point — the only one of its species to ever have been spotted in the US and Hawaii, as it was blown in during a storm, all the way from South America. (Christiana Hetzel/Community contributor)

Public service in the US: Increasingly thankless, exhausting

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — He scurries through his apartment, downing a quick mug of coffee, brushing his teeth, feeding his pet rabbit, Auggie, before leaving. Not so long ago, Bill Mathis would have headed to his high school classroom to discuss great literature like “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Odyssey” with his freshman.

Israelis gather for Passover, celebrating freedom from virus

JERUSALEM — A year ago, Giordana Grego’s parents spent Passover at home in Israel, alone but grateful that they had escaped the worst of the pandemic in Italy. This year, the whole family got together to mark the Jewish feast of liberation and deliverance from the pandemic.