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Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
A locally owned and run community newspaper (www.kaucalendar.com) distributed in print to all Ka`u District residents of Ocean View, Na`alehu, Pahala, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano Village and Miloli`i on the Big Island of Hawai`i. This blog is where you can catch up on what's happening daily with our news briefs. This blog is provided by The Ka`u Calendar Newspaper (kaucalendar.com), Pahala Plantation Cottages (pahalaplantationcottages.com), Local Productions, Inc. and the Edmund C. Olson Trust.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Sunday, December 8, 2019

The 41st annual Pāhala Christmas Parade - produced every year by Santa, Eddie Andrade, with family and
friends - wound through the sunny streets of the village today. See more photos below. Photos by Julia Neal
THE DEATH OF ARTIST SHINGO HONDA is prompting police to ask the public for any clues of motive and any witness statements. Under arrest is Michael Cecil Lee, whom police picked up yesterday at the Pāhoa Christmas Parade. Police charged him last night with second-degree murder, with bail set at $250,000.
    The late Shingo Honda during his show called Transience at East Hawaiʻi
 Cultural Center. Photo from East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center
     Honda, 75, was an artist in Tokyo, LA, and Hawaiʻi Island, with shows here and abroad, and commissions for images he developed for private and public places. East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center hosted his 2016 show called Transience.
     Honda wrote: "I've been making art for over 50 years, and each series is different from another, but not. I've made installations, prints, paintings, sculpture, and public works. I've been influenced by the different places where I've lived or visited, but it all goes back to a moment in childhood which crystallized my ongoing theme.
     "I was born in Northern Japan — snow country. As a child I was fascinated by the thin ice which formed on a puddle of water. I'd pick up the ice, so shiny and beautiful, reflecting the sunlight, but, in a moment, it was gone. It had melted in my hand.
     "I liked that transient, ever-changing world and it has always been what I've wanted to express. The word 'permanent' is unrealistic. There's no such thing. I want to melt an irrational concept.
     "Hawaiʻi nature's strong contrast, my everyday bug's eye view of it, is also that." See more on Honda at shingohonda.com and at East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center.
     Honda and his wife, author Lynne Farr, lived in upper Puna in Orchid Land Estates. Police found his body a few hundred feet from home after his wife reported him missing. According to police, an autopsy revealed that blunt-force trauma caused his death. A court appearance for the accused is set for Monday in Hilo.
     Information on this case can be reported to police by calling 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers by calling 961-8300.

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THE PASSION KILLING BY AN EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT WOMAN who fatally stabbed a woman she found with her boyfriend at Whittington Beach Park in April, netted a sentence of eight years in prison. Judge Melvin Fujino sentenced 20-year old Kaleianuenue Borero-Kaluna, of Nāʻālehu,  as a youthful offender. The father of her unborn child at the time of the killing was 36.
     Public defender Ann Datta negotiated a deal with prosecutors for Kaluna to plead no contest to manslaughter, and asked for probation with credit for 225 days in custody. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Stephen Frye asked for 20 years. The mother of victim asked for life in prison, which the judge said was impossible for a manslaughter conviction.
     A story in today's Hawaiʻi Tribune Herald quoted Kaluna's testimony before sentencing:
     "I have dealt with my fair share of trials and tribulations and I continue to deal with them daily. This one, by far, is the worst. I'm so speechless of my actions, I wish I could turn back time and do everything differently; unfortunately, it doesn't work like that. I've grown a lot as a person and learned about myself as well. My family raised me better than this and it's sad to say I let them down but more importantly I let myself down.
     "And, honestly, I am so truly sorry to the family and their loss. I regret everyday the poor decision that led me up to this predicament."
     She also said, "I understand there are consequences to my actions and I am ready to face them."
     The victim, Marie Lyn Boyles, most recently from Alaska, died at the scene. Kaluna also stabbed her male companion, but he survived.
     According to the Hawaiʻi Tribune Herald report, the public defender filed a motion to reduce Kaluna's sentence, following the judge'e decision to give her eight years.

Megan Lamson of Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund.
Photo from Big Island Video News
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A POTENTIAL SOLUTION to the large amount of plastic waste in Hawaiʻi came to the Hawaiʻi County Environmental Management Commission from Megan Lamson of Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund. On Nov. 27, she gave the address, saying over 50,000 pounds of plastics washed up on Hawaiʻi Island shores this year, with much of it landing on Kamilo Beach in Kaʻū. In addition, many more tons of plastic waste are generated by on-island consumers throwing away plastic containers.
     Lamson introduced ByBlock - plastic waste directly processed into building material. The manufacturer is ByFusion, byfusion.com, which states that its "Blocker" system "turns 100 percent of plastic waste into ByBlock – an advanced, cost-effective building material." The process is "eco-friendly," and "uses steam and compression" to directly convert any plastic waste into ByBlocks, with "no added chemicals. No fillers. No waste." There is no sorting, no cleaning, and no pre-processing needed, according to ByFusion.
     Lamson said the ByBlock process avoids plastic melting and burning that would create more pollution.
     The blocks each weigh about 22 lbs. (10 kg) and are made for use in new construction and to "replace concrete bricks and blocks." Using the upcycled plastic for building could cut carbon emissions and lower the cost of building materials, said Lamson and a commission member.
A ByBlock, partially made from plastics waste from Hawaiʻi. 
Photo from Big Island Video News
     A marine biologist, Lamson leads the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund program to clean shorelines. In the last decade, volunteers carried away more than 282 tons, most of it plastic, including derelict fishing nets.
     She presented the commission a sample of a ByBlock, partly made from plastics waste from Hawaiʻi. The shape is reminiscent of an oversized, two-stud Lego. Lamson said the blocks need to be sealed to avoid breaking down from "too much exposure to UV."
     Lamson said that plastics have been mass produced – and consumed – since the '50s. "Even if we cut it off, and move forward with single-use plastic phase-out (and) bans statewide, we're still going to have an awful lot of waste. We're still gonna have tons and tons washing up along our shorelines."
     She contended that make building blocks out of plastics waste is "a win/win, because we have a disposal issue. Right now, we are throwing the vast amounts of our mixed plastic waste away (except derelict fishing nets that are burned for electricity.) They're just going in the landfill." She said ByFusion is interested in having "island-scale facilities" in Hawaiʻi.
Clyde Silva, right, with his Holy Rosary Church choir. Photos by Julia Neal
     Lamson said the most important way to reduce plastic waste is to cut down on its use. "Ideally, if this business model works, for the ByFusion company or our island, they'll be out of a job in several decades" as use of plastics declines.
     Lamson said she has no financial stake in the ByFusion company. In July, she flew to Kauaʻi for the unveiling and blessing of the first ever permanent building made of ByBlocks. She said some of the blocks will be used on Maui in a project soon.

Kaʻū Coffee Mill and its founder Ed Olson are sponsors of the parade.
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MEASLES VACCINES ARE REQUIRED for anyone traveling to American Samoa. Schools there are closed and children are barred from public gatherings. The outbreak in the Independent State of Samoa has claimed at least 70 lives, most young children, since October. The count was 65 on Friday. Read more in yesterday's Kaʻū News Briefs.

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Santa visits with long-term patients at Kaʻū Hospital.
PĀHALA CHRISTMAS PARADE took joy today to Kaʻū Hospital long term patients with a visit from Santa and other participants. The 41st annual event, organized by the Eddie Andrade family, found a sunny day for the ride through the neighborhood, with carols and gifts of candies to the children.
     The Kaʻū Coffee community of farmers, Kaʻū Coffee Mill, and the Miss Kaʻū Coffee court rolled through town as did churches, the Filipino Club, and Tūtū & Me program for children.
     All were fed at the Holy Rosary Church at the end of the parade route. See more in tomorrow's Kaʻū News Briefs.

The Pāhala Filipino Club celebrates Christmas with red, white, and blue.
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UPCOMING
MONDAY, DEC. 9
Accordion Paper Reindeer Activity Registration, Dec. 9-17, Ka‘u District Gym. Program takes place Wednesday, Dec. 18, 3:30-5p.m., multipurpose room. Grades K-6. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Hawaiʻi Coffee Association President Chris Manfredi
donates his classic truck for the Kaʻū Coffee Growers
Cooperative ride in the parade.
TUESDAY, DEC. 10
Birding at Kīpukapuaulu, Tuesday, Dec. 10 and 24, and Thursday, Dec. 12 and 26, 8-10a.m., Kīpukapuaulu - Bird Park - Parking Lot, HVNP. Led by retired USGS Biologist Nic Sherma. Two hour birding tour. $40/person. Register online. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373, admin@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment: Lauhala Weaving Ku‘uipo Kakahiki-Morales, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 11a.m.-1p.m.Volcano Art Center. $10 per person supply fee. 967-8222volcanoartcenter.org

After Dark in the Park: 100th Anniversary of the Mauna Iki Eruption, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7-8p.m.Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. UH Mānoa geologist Scott Rowland explains the significance of this eruption. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11
Moa Pahe‘e Games, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 10a.m.-noonKīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Similar to ‘ulu maika, this game requires a little more strength and skill. In celebration of the annual Makahiki season. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 
throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
THURSDAY, DEC. 12
Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka‘ū, Thursday, Dec. 12, 6:30p.m.United Methodist Church, Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkeley Yoshida, 747-0197

FRIDAY, DEC. 13
Hawai‘i Disability Legal Services, Friday, Dec. 13, 9a.m.-noonOcean View Community Center. Free disability legal services provided by Hawai‘i Legal Aid. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

SATURDAY, DEC. 14
Nā Mamo o Kāwā Community Access Day, Saturday, Dec. 14, gates open 6a.m.-6p.m., Kāwā. All cars must park at end of road fronting Kāwā Flats. Dogs must be on leash. No driving through fish pond. 557-1433, nmok.orgfacebook.com/NMOK.Hawaii

Pancake Breakfast and Raffle, Saturday, Dec. 14, 8-11a.m., Ocean View Community Center. To volunteer, call 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Guided Hike On A 60 Year Old Lava Lake, Saturday, Dec. 14, 10a.m.-2p.m.Kīlauea Iki Overlook, HVNP. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderate to challenging 2.4 mile (one way) hike. $80/person. Register online. Park entrance fees may apply. 985-7373, admin@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Holidays at Kahuku: Hawaiian-Made Craft Fair, Saturday, Dec. 14, 10a.m.-3p.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free entry. Entertainment, food, shave ice. nps.gov/havo

Ocean View Keiki Christmas with St. Jude's Christmas Celebration, Saturday, Dec. 14, 10a.m-2p.m., Kahuku Park and lower parking lot of St. Jude's.

Zentangle Artist Inspired Workshop with Lydia Meneses, Saturday, Dec. 14, 10a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center. Creative tangle techniques inspired by Gustav Klimt and Keith Haring. Art supplies provided. Open to all levels. No experience required. Potluck, bring snack to share. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $15 supply fee. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Hula Kahiko - Kumu Kapuaikapoliopele Ka‘au‘a with Unuokeahi and Unuiti, Saturday, Dec. 14, 10:30-11:30a.m., hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery. Hula performance. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.com,
volcanoartcenter.org

Nā Mea Hula with Kumu Hula Moses Kaho‘okele Crabbe, Saturday, Dec. 14, 11a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery porch. Hands-on cultural demonstration. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.comvolcanoartcenter.org

Jazz in the Forest: Christmas Jazz, Saturday, Dec. 14, 5:30p.m.Volcano Art Center. Featuring Jean Pierre Thoma & the Jazztones with Jeannine Guillory-Kane performing classics of the holiday season. Ticket are $20/VAC member, $25/non-member. Purchase tickets online through Jan. 13, VAC Admin Office or VAC Gallery. Pūpū, wine, and beer available for purchase. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Christmas Lighting Parade, Saturday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m., along Hwy. 11, from Nā‘ālehu Elementary School to Nā‘ālehu Community Center. Refreshments to follow at Community Center. Ka‘ū Roping & Riding Association. Participants sign waiver by 5p.m. at school.

Soul Town Band, Saturday, Dec. 14, 7-10p.m.Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge, in HVNP. $5 cover charge. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Volcano Chorus: 25th Annual Holiday Concert, Saturday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.Kīlauea Military Camp's Theater, in HVNP. Free; donations accepted. Park entrance fees may apply. 982-7344, kden73@aol.com

SUNDAY, DEC. 15
3rd Annual Hawai‘i Bird Conservation Marathon, Sunday, Dec. 15, Volcano Golf and Country Club to Boy Scouts' Kīlauea Camp. Funds raised support endemic birds of Hawai‘i through the Hawai‘i Forest Institute for the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center Discovery Forest in Volcano. Race registration closed. Donations welcome; donors of over $100 invited to behind the scene tour of Keauhou Bird Conservation Center Discovery Forest, 10a.m.-noon, Saturday, Dec. 14. hawaiiforestinstitute.kindful.com

‘Ōhi‘a Lehua, Sunday, Dec. 15, 9:30-11a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, easy one-mile walk. nps.gov/havo

Santa's Workshop Event Registration, through Dec. 11, Ka‘ū District Gym. Event takes place Thursday, Dec. 12, 6-7:30p.m. All ages. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Christmas Coloring Contest Registration, through Dec. 11, Ka‘ū District Gym. Deadline for entries is Thursday, Dec. 12, 6p.m. Grades Pre-K to 6. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Holiday Ornament Registration, through Dec. 16, Kahuku Park. Program takes place Wednesday, Dec. 18, 3-4p.m. Ages 6-14. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Christmas in the Country featuring 20th Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit, daily, through Dec. 31, Volcano Art Center Gallery. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

T-Ball and Coach Pitch Baseball League: Ocean View Team - Mondays and Wednesdays, Kahuku Park. Nā‘ālehu Team - Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nā‘ālehu Park. Pāhala Team (seeking coaches) - attend Nā‘ālehu practice. T-Ball, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 5-6. Coach Pitch, 4:30-6p.m., ages 7-8. Programs take place through April 16. Wear cleats or tennis shoes, bring a glove if possible. Extras gloves available for use. All skills and genders welcome. $35 per teammate. See Ka‘ū Youth Baseball on Facebook. Josh or Elizabeth Crook, 345-0511

Tūtū & Me Home Visiting Program is a free service to Pāhala families with keiki, birth to five years old. This caregiver support program offers those taking care of young keiki "a compassionate listening ear, helpful parenting tips and strategies, fun and exciting activities, and wonderful educational resources" from Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. Home visits are one hour in length, two to four times per month, for 12 to 15 visits. Snacks are provided. See pidfoundation.org or call 808-938-1088.

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Saturday, December 07, 2019

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Saturday, December 7, 2019

Measles has killed nearly 70 in the Independent State of Samoa and nine cases are confirmed in American Samoa. Both
governments shut down schools and launched mass inoculations for those four months to 60 years of age.
Photo by Logan Church RNZ
AMERICAN SAMOA ANNOUNCED NINE MEASLES CASES ON FRIDAY and will shut down all schools and public gathering in parks, starting this Monday, announced the U.S. territorial government. Health Department Epidemiologist Dr. Aifili John Tufa made the announcement on American Samoan television saying that samples from infected American Samoans were tested in Hawaiʻi, leading to confirmation that "We are currently in the state of emergency" and "measles outbreak." The spread of the virus comes during an epidemic in the nearby Independent State of Samoa that has killed nearly 70, most of them children, four and under. Neighboring Pacific Island countries Tonga and Fiji are under a state of emergency.
     Seventy Hawaiʻi health workers began returning from the Apia, the capital of Independent State of Samoa, on Friday after helping to inoculate more than 40,000. Lt. Gov. Josh Green, who began his Hawaiʻi medical career in Kaʻū, joined the mission to administer the vaccine to as many people as possible in 48 hours. Aid from all over the world has flooded into Samoa, including from organizations such as the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
Lt. Gov. Josh Green, left, with Samoa PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.
Photo from the Samoa Government
     Green applauded Samoan officials for the immunization campaign, "the bold action you've taken. But there is going to continue, I would presume, to be some fatalities, less and less I would expect, because you have done such a good job of getting people immunized so quickly."
     About 89 percent of Samoa's population of 201,300 is now inoculated and health officials say they are hoping that the epidemic will be over soon. Measles has infected about 4,460 Samoans since October when the virus began to spread quickly.
     In late October, the Samoan government based in Apia declared a state of emergency and made vaccinations compulsory. All Samoan schools were closed and children banned from public gatherings. On Dec. 2, the government implemented a curfew and cancelled all public gatherings. Last Thursday and Friday, Samoan officials told the entire population, except essential public utilities workers, to stay home. Roads closed to nonessential vehicles. Teams traveled door-to-door to administer vaccines to those who hung red flags from their houses – indicating that un-immunized people lived there.
     Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, said the death toll could be attributed to lack of immunization and seeking medical assistance too late. The immunization level was about 30 percent last year, according to the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
The country of Samoa's website, health.gov.ws, overflows 
with advice on measles, vaccinations, and more, 
in both Samoan and English.
     A sharp drop in measles vaccination followed "an incident in 2018 when two infants died shortly after receiving measles vaccinations, which led the country to suspend its measles vaccination program. The reason for the two infants' deaths was incorrect preparation of the vaccine by two nurses who mixed vaccine powder with expired anesthetic," according to a post on Wikipedia.
     Tuilaepa said he wants to bring Samoa to 90 percent vaccination coverage, and will implement penalties for parents who don't vaccinate their children.
     Green said, "Your government is doing a very smart thing to immunize people aggressively." He said that global support for Samoa shows care for the Samoan people. Donations funded almost all of the $2 million expended by the team from Hawaiʻi for the rapid immunization project.
     This week, WHO announced that measles infected nearly ten million people worldwide in 2018. Most of the 140,000 who died were children. WHO said provisional data for 2019 up to November shows there are three times as many cases this year than in 2018. Kate O'Brien, WHO's top executive on immunization, stated, "The reason we're having increases in cases and deaths of measles has to do fundamentally with people not getting vaccinated."

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Vincent Kapoi.
Photo from his family
THE NAMES OF TWO CIVILIAN PEARL HARBOR SHIPYARD WORKERS, FATALLY SHOT on Wednesday, have been released. Roldan A. Agustin, 49, and Vincent J. Kapoi, 30, were both from Hawaiʻi. They worked for the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers. The worker who survived is in stable condition but has not been identified to the public.
     According to a statement from his family, Kapoi was a husband, son, brother, and uncle, and was of Native Hawaiian and Filipino heritage. Kapoi was a metals inspector apprentice through the shipyard's Intermediate Maintenance Facility Apprentice Program. Agustin was a shop planner.
     On Wednesday, around 2:30 p.m., while guarding the USS Columbia, 22-year old Navy submariner Gabriel Romero, of Texas, fatally shot Kapoi and Roldan, and injured the third man, using an M4 service rifle. Romero used his M9 service pistol to kill himself.
     According to numerous reports, the shooter faced disciplinary issues, involving several review board appearances, regarding neglecting his duties and punching equipment such as lockers. He was under review for a Captain's Mast, a disciplinary action one step lower than a court marshal, meant for minor criminal offenses.
     Hawaiʻi has the lowest gun death rate in the U.S., with 2.4 deaths per 100,000 residents, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The state's strict firearms laws are rated seventh in the nation, and include bans on assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.
     In a second shooting incident at a U.S. Navy base this week, a Saudi national, in aviation training for two years in Pensacola, FL, opened fire in a classroom building, leaving three victims dead and eight wounded. The shooter killed himself. The New York Times reported the shooter showed films of mass shootings at a dinner party the night before he killed his victims.

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THE 78TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WORLD WAR II ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR is commemorated today all over Hawaiʻi. On Oʻahu a total of 2,403 died from the attack: 2,008 Navy personnel, 218 Army, 109 Marines, and 68 civilians. About half as many suffered wounds: 1,143, including 710 Navy, 364 Army, 69 Marines, and 103 civilians.
Iwao Yonemitsu (left) and the late Toku Nakano, of the 
Greatest Generation, served in the 442nd Combat Team 
in World War II and returned to Kaʻū to lead very 
productive lives as Japanese Americans. 
Photo by Julia Neal
     Sen. Brian Schatz posted this message today: "Seventy-eight years ago, more than 2,400 American patriots lost their lives at Pearl Harbor.
     "Today, we remember their service, salute their heroism, and honor their families. We also give thanks to the veterans and survivors who answered the call to defend our nation.
     "The Greatest Generation faced one of the darkest moments in human history with bravery and resolve. They achieved what President Roosevelt foretold would be their inevitable triumph: they defeated the forces of tyranny and secured freedom for all the generations that followed.
     "Let us draw from their strength, learn from their love of country, and always strive to live up to their example."
     A statement from Sen. Mazie Hirono's office read: "Every year on December 7th, we honor the tremendous sacrifice of the more than 2,000 service members who lost their lives on this solemn day.
     "In the weeks, months, and years that followed, brave Americans answered our country's call to serve, and together triumphed in WWII. The veterans of this conflict – including the Congressional Gold Medal recipients of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, the 100th Infantry Battalion, and the Military Intelligence Service from HI – are called the Greatest Generation because they fully embody the values of our country.
     "It is incumbent on all of us to continue to defend the values of democracy and freedom they fought so hard to protect."
     Rep. Ed Case wrote, "Remembering today all those we lost 78 years ago, with the heartfelt hope that you would be proud of what we have accomplished since on your sacrifice. #PearlHarborRemembranceDay"

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CONTINUE THE CELEBRATION OF THE ANNUAL MAKAHIKI tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 8, at Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach Park. Festivities begin at noon. At the celebration of Hawaiian values, culture, talent, and food, local bands volunteer to come out and play. Free food is on offer. Hawaiian crafts, including weaving coconut frond hats, are among the cultural practices that have been featured over the many years of the Makahiki.

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Holy Rosary singers ride a trailer during last year's parade through Pāhala.
The church hosts refreshments after the parade. Photo by Julia Neal
PĀHALA CHRISTMAS PARADE will be held tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 8. The 41st event starts at Pāhala Armory at 1 p.m. Parade participants can line up starting at 11:30 a.m.
       Expected are floats and trailers with Christmas characters and music, classic cars, Kaʻū Coffee farmers, churches, schools, and community groups representing the holiday spirit. Receive the well wishes of Santa and candy thrown with help from his elves. After the parade, Holy Rosary Church traditionally hosts participants and attendees for refreshments on the church grounds. For more, call Santa and organizer Eddie Andrade, 928-0808.

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Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 
throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
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UPCOMING
SUNDAY, DEC. 8
41st Pāhala Christmas Parade, Sunday, Dec. 8, starts at Pāhala Armory. Parade participants can still sign up by calling Eddie Andrade at 928-0808. See floats and trailers with Christmas characters and music, classic cars, Kaʻū Coffee farmers, churches, schools, and community groups representing the holiday spirit. Receive the well wishes of Santa and candy thrown with help from his elves. After the parade, Holy Rosary Church traditionally hosts participants and attendees for a free lunch on the church grounds. Eddie Andrade, 928-0808

Pele & Hi‘iaka, Sunday, Dec. 8, 9:30-11:30a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderate, one-mile walk. nps.gov/havo

Medicine for the Mind: Teachings in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, Sunday, Dec. 8 – 2nd Sunday, monthly – 3-5p.m.Volcano Art Center. Free; calabash donations welcome. Dress warmly. Patty Johnson, 345-1527, volcanoartcenter.org

MONDAY, DEC. 9
Accordion Paper Reindeer Activity Registration, Dec. 9-17, Ka‘u District Gym. Program takes place Wednesday, Dec. 18, 3:30-5p.m., multipurpose room. Grades K-6. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

TUESDAY, DEC. 10
Birding at Kīpukapuaulu, Tuesday, Dec. 10 and 24, and Thursday, Dec. 12 and 26, 8-10a.m., Kīpukapuaulu - Bird Park - Parking Lot, HVNP. Led by retired USGS Biologist Nic Sherma. Two hour birding tour. $40/person. Register online. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373, admin@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment: Lauhala Weaving Ku‘uipo Kakahiki-Morales, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 11a.m.-1p.m.Volcano Art Center. $10 per person supply fee. 967-8222volcanoartcenter.org

After Dark in the Park: 100th Anniversary of the Mauna Iki Eruption, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7-8p.m.Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. UH Mānoa geologist Scott Rowland explains the significance of this eruption. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11
Moa Pahe‘e Games, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 10a.m.-noonKīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Similar to ‘ulu maika, this game requires a little more strength and skill. In celebration of the annual Makahiki season. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

THURSDAY, DEC. 12
Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka‘ū, Thursday, Dec. 12, 6:30p.m.United Methodist Church, Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkeley Yoshida, 747-0197

FRIDAY, DEC. 13
Hawai‘i Disability Legal Services, Friday, Dec. 13, 9a.m.-noonOcean View Community Center. Free disability legal services provided by Hawai‘i Legal Aid. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

SATURDAY, DEC. 14
Nā Mamo o Kāwā Community Access Day, Saturday, Dec. 14, gates open 6a.m.-6p.m., Kāwā. All cars must park at end of road fronting Kāwā Flats. Dogs must be on leash. No driving through fish pond. 557-1433, nmok.orgfacebook.com/NMOK.Hawaii

Pancake Breakfast and Raffle, Saturday, Dec. 14, 8-11a.m., Ocean View Community Center. To volunteer, call 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Guided Hike On A 60 Year Old Lava Lake, Saturday, Dec. 14, 10a.m.-2p.m.Kīlauea Iki Overlook, HVNP. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Moderate to challenging 2.4 mile (one way) hike. $80/person. Register online. Park entrance fees may apply. 985-7373, admin@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Holidays at Kahuku: Hawaiian-Made Craft Fair, Saturday, Dec. 14, 10a.m.-3p.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free entry. Entertainment, food, shave ice. nps.gov/havo

Ocean View Keiki Christmas with St. Jude's Christmas Celebration, Saturday, Dec. 14, 10a.m-2p.m., Kahuku Park and lower parking lot of St. Jude's.

Zentangle Artist Inspired Workshop with Lydia Meneses, Saturday, Dec. 14, 10a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center. Creative tangle techniques inspired by Gustav Klimt and Keith Haring. Art supplies provided. Open to all levels. No experience required. Potluck, bring snack to share. $30/VAC member, $35/non-member, plus $15 supply fee. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Hula Kahiko - Kumu Kapuaikapoliopele Ka‘au‘a with Unuokeahi and Unuiti, Saturday, Dec. 14, 10:30-11:30a.m., hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery. Hula performance. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.comvolcanoartcenter.org

Nā Mea Hula with Kumu Hula Moses Kaho‘okele Crabbe, Saturday, Dec. 14, 11a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery porch. Hands-on cultural demonstration. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.comvolcanoartcenter.org

Jazz in the Forest: Christmas Jazz, Saturday, Dec. 14, 5:30p.m.Volcano Art Center. Featuring Jean Pierre Thoma & the Jazztones with Jeannine Guillory-Kane performing classics of the holiday season. Ticket are $20/VAC member, $25/non-member. Purchase tickets online through Jan. 13, VAC Admin Office or VAC Gallery. Pūpū, wine, and beer available for purchase. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Christmas Lighting Parade, Saturday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m., along Hwy. 11, from Nā‘ālehu Elementary School to Nā‘ālehu Community Center. Refreshments to follow at Community Center. Ka‘ū Roping & Riding Association. Participants sign waiver by 5p.m. at school.

Soul Town Band, Saturday, Dec. 14, 7-10p.m.Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge, in HVNP. $5 cover charge. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Volcano Chorus: 25th Annual Holiday Concert, Saturday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., Kīlauea Military Camp's Theater, in HVNP. Free; donations accepted. Park entrance fees may apply. 982-7344, kden73@aol.com

ONGOING
Santa's Workshop Event Registration, through Dec. 11, Ka‘ū District Gym. Event takes place Thursday, Dec. 12, 6-7:30p.m. All ages. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Christmas Coloring Contest Registration, through Dec. 11, Ka‘ū District Gym. Deadline for entries is Thursday, Dec. 12, 6p.m. Grades Pre-K to 6. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Holiday Ornament Registration, through Dec. 16, Kahuku Park. Program takes place Wednesday, Dec. 18, 3-4p.m. Ages 6-14. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Christmas in the Country featuring 20th Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit, daily, through Dec. 31, Volcano Art Center Gallery. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

T-Ball and Coach Pitch Baseball League: Ocean View Team - Mondays and Wednesdays, Kahuku Park. Nā‘ālehu Team - Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nā‘ālehu Park. Pāhala Team (seeking coaches) - attend Nā‘ālehu practice. T-Ball, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 5-6. Coach Pitch, 4:30-6p.m., ages 7-8. Programs take place through April 16. Wear cleats or tennis shoes, bring a glove if possible. Extras gloves available for use. All skills and genders welcome. $35 per teammate. See Ka‘ū Youth Baseball on Facebook. Josh or Elizabeth Crook, 345-0511

Tūtū & Me Home Visiting Program is a free service to Pāhala families with keiki, birth to five years old. This caregiver support program offers those taking care of young keiki "a compassionate listening ear, helpful parenting tips and strategies, fun and exciting activities, and wonderful educational resources" from Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. Home visits are one hour in length, two to four times per month, for 12 to 15 visits. Snacks are provided. See pidfoundation.org or call 808-938-1088.

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Ka‘ū News Briefs, Friday, December 6, 2019

The 30-year career of soon-to-be retired USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geophysicist Asta Miklius was
 largely devoted to studying how the motion of the ground reflects magmatic processes beneath the surface.
 Shown here in 1997, she measured the precise position of a benchmark near Puʻu ʻŌʻō on Kīlauea
Volcano's East Rift Zone to track an intrusion of magma. USGS photo
HONORING THE CAREER & CONTRIBUTIONS OF AN HVO SHINING STAR is the title of this week's Volcano Watch, written by staff and associates of Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, U.S. Geological Survey:
     On March 30, 2018, a change occurred within the ranks of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory's staff when geophysicist Asta Miklius retired. One month later, a collapse at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō heralded the start of Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone eruption and summit collapses. In the subsequent chaos of the 2018 volcanic events, Asta's 30-year career with the HVO deformation group was never properly acknowledged.
    With the volcanic crisis underway, Asta immediately stepped up to assist with HVO's eruption response—a testament to her commitment to both HVO and the Island of Hawaiʻi. She then accepted a part-time position with HVO, where she continued working through 2019.
     Today, we honor the exceptional contributions of our HVO colleague and friend, Asta, who, at the end of this month, again "retires"—for real, this time.
A leader in installing the borehole tiltmeter at the top of Mauana Loa, Asta
Miklius worked for decades on this island for USGS. Photo by M. Steiner
    Asta grew up in Chicago and earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in geology, petrology, and geophysics from the University of Illinois. In 1988, she joined HVO's staff.
     At HVO, Asta monitored the deformation of Hawaiian volcanoes and researched how this information could be used to better understand the inner workings of Kīlauea and Mauna Loa. She oversaw the transition from older technologies, such as measuring surface motion with lasers, to modern techniques—most notably the continuous Global Positioning System (GPS) network on the Island of Hawaiʻi. Asta also worked to install and operate several other sophisticated instruments, including borehole tiltmeters, borehole strainmeters, and continuous gravimeters.
    Her job at HVO was neither small nor easy. Instruments needed maintenance, data analysis involved complex computer processing routines, and new technologies required evaluation. This meant that Asta had to be a research scientist, electrical engineer, IT specialist, office manager, and field technician all at the same time.
    Thanks to her commitment to excellence, Asta ensured that HVO's geodesy network was always one of, if not the, best in the world. Particularly adept at collaboration, she worked with both U.S. and international scientists to conduct experiments and pursue cutting-edge research.
    During Asta's career, HVO hosted numerous USGS scientists who generally rotated in from mainland positions for a few years. Through these many transitions, Asta was the glue that held HVO's deformation effort together. Credit for HVO's reputation as a leader in volcano deformation research and monitoring largely belongs to her.
Asta Miklius helped lead the development of HVO's reputation as a leader in volcano deformation research and monitoring.
USGS photo by C. Parcheta
     In the 1990s and 2000s, Asta led the charge to better instrument Mauna Loa with GPS stations and was the first to recognize the complex deformation occurring at the volcano. She showed that the south side of Mauna Loa is sliding southward, much like at Kīlauea, and that the complex pattern of uplift at Mauna Loa’s summit is due to multiple magma reservoirs, rather than one simple source as had long been assumed.
     Asta also lent her expertise to studies of Kīlauea, recognizing that magma supply to the volcano fluctuates and impacts eruptive activity. In staff discussions, especially during the dramatic events leading to the 2018 summit collapse, Asta’s voice was one of the most respected in the room. She used her incredible experience and insight to guide both scientific and societal responses to Kīlauea's activity, and mentored HVO staff in their responses to volcanic events.
     In addition to her research and monitoring work, Asta led the effort to modernize HVO's data management system, helping to integrate all data streams (deformation, seismic, gas, and others) into a common database so that scientists can better understand changes that occur on volcanoes. Tools that Asta maintained are now used by volcano observatories around the world.
    Asta also tirelessly contributes time to island communities. Her well-known efforts include the restoration of native ecosystems and the rescue of animals, especially during volcanic crises. In 1990, Asta evacuated cats and dogs from Kalapana as lava flows approached, adopting her long-time feline companion, Lili, in the process. In 2018, Asta again helped save hundreds of pets and livestock from encroaching lava flows. Her kindness touches everyone she meets.
     We thank you, Asta, for your friendship and unselfish dedication to HVO and Hawaiʻi. Both are better places because of your wisdom and compassion—and we are all better people for knowing and working alongside you. You are indeed a shining star and we wish you all the best.
    Visit HVO's website, volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo, for past Volcano Watch articles, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa updates, volcano photos, maps, recent earthquake info, and more. Email questions to askHVO@usgs.gov.
Mauna Loa is slowly moving to the southeast, as evidenced by Hilina Pali and Hilina Slump.
Asta Miklius, of USGS, has been a leader in understanding how volcanoes move.
Image from Wikipedia
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MAKING AND TAKING CHRISTMAS CRAFTS is on the schedule for next Thursday, Dec. 12 at Kaʻū District Gym Mulipurpose room. From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. a Santa's Workshop will be held. t's called Hale Hana ʻO Kanakaloka. Sponsors are the county Department of Parks & Recreation - Pahala, Uplinks After School Allstars, Tūtū & Me, Boys & Girls Cloub, and Hui Malama Ola Na Oiwi.

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TO INCREASE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY,  County of Hawai'i Department of Public Works Traffic Division will convert the intersection of Pikake Street and Kamani Street in Pahala to an all-way stop. The work, which includes enhanced striping, pavement legends and signage, is tentatively scheduled to take place Jan. 21 to 24, 2020, between a.m. and 2:00 p.m., weather and construction conditions permitting.
     The all-way stop is being installed in response to community concerns for pedestrian safety at the intersection with a bus stop, market, pharmacy, post office, two food stores and the road into Ka`u District gym and the public school campus and library. It's Pahala's busiest corner.
     During this work period traffic flow will be controlled by special duty officers. Motorists are advised to expect delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes.
     The County of Hawai'i Department of Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the community for patience and understanding.
       If there are any questions or concerns, call the Traffic Division at 961-8341.

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NĀ LEO O HAWAIʻI PUBLIC TELEVISION CELEBRATES 25 YEARS on Friday, Dec. 20. The public is invited to join in the celebration at Sangha Hall in Hilo. Tickets are $30 each, or purchase a table of 8 for $250. Live music will be provided by Media and by Hawaiʻi's "last Rock n Roll Band," Wasabi from Honolulu. There will be pūpū, a buffet dinner, and much more. Purchase tickets at the Hilo office at 91 Mohouli Street or by calling (808) 935-8874. Visit the website for more information. "This is a great opportunity to end the year with fellowship and fun. Hope to see you there as we celebrate a quarter-century of public access television throughout Hawaiʻi Island," states the announcement from the station.

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Print edition of The Kaʻū Calendar is free to 5,500 mailboxes 
throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
stands throughout the district. Read online at kaucalendar.com
See monthly and weekly Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, and Meditation at kaucalendar.com.

UPCOMING
SATURDAY, DEC. 7
AdvoCATS, Saturday, Dec. 7, 7a.m.-4:30p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Free spay/neuter for cats. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org

Painting from Observation with Lisa Maria Martin, Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, 9a.m.-3p.m.Volcano Art Center. For beginners and intermediate. All supplies provided. $220/VAC member, $240/non-member. See supplies required. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Realms and Divisions, Saturday, Dec. 7, 9:30-11:30a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderately difficult, two-mile, hike. Bring snack. nps.gov/havo

Ocean View C.E.R.T. Mtg., Saturday, Dec. 7, 10a.m.-1p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team monthly meeting and training. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Keiki Science Class, Saturday, Dec. 7 – 1st Saturday, monthly – 11a.m.-noon, Ace Hardware Stores islandwide; Nā‘ālehu, 929-9030 and Ocean View, 929-7315. Free. acehardware.com

Blackwater Railroad Company Band, Saturday, Dec. 7, 7-10p.m.Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge, in HVNP. $5 cover charge. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com
Eddie Andrade will be Santa this Sunday in the Pahala Christmas Parade. It's his 41st year organizing the event.
Photo by Julia Neal
SUNDAY, DEC. 8
41st Pāhala Christmas Parade, Sunday, Dec. 8, starts at Pāhala Armory, winds through the village to Ka`u Hospital and back to Holy Rosary Church for refreshments.  Eddie Andrade, 928-0808

Pele & Hi‘iaka, Sunday, Dec. 8, 9:30-11:30a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free, moderate, one-mile walk. nps.gov/havo

Medicine for the Mind: Teachings in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, Sunday, Dec. 8 – 2nd Sunday, monthly – 3-5p.m.Volcano Art Center. Free; calabash donations welcome. Dress warmly. Patty Johnson, 345-1527, volcanoartcenter.org

MONDAY, DEC. 9
Accordion Paper Reindeer Activity Registration, Dec. 9-17, Ka‘u District Gym. Program takes place Wednesday, Dec. 18, 3:30-5p.m., multipurpose room. Grades K-6. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

TUESDAY, DEC. 10
Birding at Kīpukapuaulu, Tuesday, Dec. 10 and 24, and Thursday, Dec. 12 and 26, 8-10a.m., Kīpukapuaulu - Bird Park - Parking Lot, HVNP. Led by retired USGS Biologist Nic Sherma. Two hour birding tour. $40/person. Register online. Organized by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 985-7373, admin@fhvnp.orgfhvnp.org

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment: Lauhala Weaving Ku‘uipo Kakahiki-Morales, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 11a.m.-1p.m.Volcano Art Center. $10 per person supply fee. 967-8222volcanoartcenter.org

After Dark in the Park: 100th Anniversary of the Mauna Iki Eruption, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7-8p.m.Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. UH Mānoa geologist Scott Rowland explains the significance of this eruption. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11
Moa Pahe‘e Games, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 10a.m.-noonKīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Similar to ‘ulu maika, this game requires a little more strength and skill. In celebration of the annual Makahiki season. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

THURSDAY, DEC. 12
Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka‘ū, Thursday, Dec. 12, 6:30p.m.United Methodist Church, Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkeley Yoshida, 747-0197

FRIDAY, DEC. 13
Hawai‘i Disability Legal Services, Friday, Dec. 13, 9a.m.-noonOcean View Community Center. Free disability legal services provided by Hawai‘i Legal Aid. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

ONGOING
Santa's Workshop Event Registration, through Dec. 11, Ka‘ū District Gym. Event takes place Thursday, Dec. 12, 6-7:30p.m. All ages. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Christmas Coloring Contest Registration, through Dec. 11, Ka‘ū District Gym. Deadline for entries is Thursday, Dec. 12, 6p.m. Grades Pre-K to 6. 928-3102, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Holiday Ornament Registration, through Dec. 16, Kahuku Park. Program takes place Wednesday, Dec. 18, 3-4p.m. Ages 6-14. 929-9113, hawaiicounty.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation

Christmas in the Country featuring 20th Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit, daily, through Dec. 31, Volcano Art Center Gallery. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

T-Ball and Coach Pitch Baseball League: Ocean View Team - Mondays and Wednesdays, Kahuku Park. Nā‘ālehu Team - Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nā‘ālehu Park. Pāhala Team (seeking coaches) - attend Nā‘ālehu practice. T-Ball, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 5-6. Coach Pitch, 4:30-6p.m., ages 7-8. Programs take place through April 16. Wear cleats or tennis shoes, bring a glove if possible. Extras gloves available for use. All skills and genders welcome. $35 per teammate. See Ka‘ū Youth Baseball on Facebook. Josh or Elizabeth Crook, 345-0511

Tūtū & Me Home Visiting Program is a free service to Pāhala families with keiki, birth to five years old. This caregiver support program offers those taking care of young keiki "a compassionate listening ear, helpful parenting tips and strategies, fun and exciting activities, and wonderful educational resources" from Tūtū & Me Traveling Preschool. Home visits are one hour in length, two to four times per month, for 12 to 15 visits. Snacks are provided. See pidfoundation.org or call 808-938-1088.

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