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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Ka`ū News Briefs Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The fissures in the lower East Rift Zone continue to emit steam, but activity is quiet. See story, below. USGS photo
THE `ŌHI`A CHALLENGE IS OFFERING CASH PRIZES to find a solution to destructive fungi killing native forests. Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park has announced that U.S. Department of the Interior and other government and nongovernmental agencies are working together raise money and to encourage the public and best scientific minds to come up with ideas and solutions to protect the native `ōhi`a trees from extinction through devastation by fungi.
     The fungi, Ceratocystis huliohia and Ceratocystis lukuohia, are responsible for the phenomenon Rapid `Ōhi`a Death or ROD. Since 2014, when first identified, the fungi have infected thousands of acres of forest in Ka`ū and the rest of  Hawai`i Island and Kaua`i. If unstopped, they could irreversibly change Hawai`i's ecosystems and culture by eliminating `ōhi`a.
     On the `Ōhi`a Challenge page, anyone can submit a project that provides solutions that identify infected trees early, minimize the spread, and eliminate the pathogens, with the goal of saving Hawai`i's iconic `ōhi`a tree.
Infected `ōhi`a tree being cut down. NPS photo
     The Department of the Interior has provided a seed purse for the challenge prize. Conservation X Labs is seeking additional sponsors and partners to increase the prize purse and promote the challenge among diverse solver communities. The challenge prize team is calling on the technology community to help solve the problem.
     Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Native Hawaiian Relations, Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, and National Invasive Species Council Secretariat are working in partnership with Conservation X Labs.
     The project seeks to address ROD by harnessing emerging science, technological innovations, and the ingenuity of people around the world. DOI's Susan Combs, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, says, "We are incorporating industry innovation, best science, and best practices to improve environmental stewardship."
     Cindy Orlando, Superintendent for Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, said, "If `ōhi`a is lost, the countless native species that grow in the shade of the `ōhi`a will never be, the native birds that rest in the boughs of the `ōhi`a and koa trees will have no roost, and rain that falls in Hawai`i's old growth forests will merely rush away, taking delicate island soils with it. Even the cycle of creation after a lava flow would be disrupted when there is no `ōhi`a to help bring life back to the land."    
Healthy `ōhi`a forest. Photo from The Nature Conservancy   
     Scott J. Cameron, U.S. Department of the Interior Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget, says, "When invasive species reach our shores, they care little for whether the lands are federal, state, local, or private. Cooperation and innovation are needed when confronting the issue of invasive species and the `Ōhi`a Challenge is a step forward in addressing that need. We must be good neighbors and seek ways to solve this problem together."
     Conservation X Labs hosts the Digital Maker Space; a platform where science, entrepreneurship, and technology communities come together to start projects and co-create tech-enabled solutions to conservation problems.
     Dr. Alex Dehgan, CEO of Conservation X Labs, says, "Our goal is to use the best of human ingenuity to identify technological solutions that can save part of Hawai`i's beauty. This is why we look to engage innovative thinkers within other advanced technology fields through this challenge prize. We don't have to accept `ōhi`a's extinction."
`I`iwi on `ōhi`a lehua  from the
2017 Hawai`i Nei Exhibition.
Photo from volcanoartcenter.org
     The needs are known: identify trees that have been infected with the Ceratocystis huliohia and Ceratocystis lukuohia fungi before they die, and prevent the spread of the fungi and the infection of new trees. The end goal is to develop a treatment for infected trees and ultimately eliminate the pathogen in Hawai`i's forests. While the needs and goals are clear, how to achieve them is not. Dr. Jamie K. Reaser, Executive Director of NISC says, "Someone somewhere out there has the vision and technological capacity to turn 'we can't' into 'we can!' This challenge prize will be awarded to that hero or team of heroes."
     The `Ōhi`a Challenge is named after a Hawaiian legend that tells of the love and separation of the young couple `Ōhi`a and Lehua. Jealous of their love, the goddess Pele turned the warrior `Ōhi`a into a tree and Lehua into the tree's flower. When the red lehua blossoms are picked from the `ōhi`a tree, legend says, the lovers' tears fill the sky with rain as they are separated again.
     See  `Ōhi`a Challenge to enter ideas for identifying innovative tools and creative solutions to address ROD. Interested in becoming part of the coalition to save the `ōhi`a and protect Hawai`i's natural heritage? Visit www.SavetheOhia.org to sign up for updates or express interest in partnering.

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Sen. Mazie Hirono
SEN. MAZIE HIRONO SENT OUT A MAHALO for her uncontested Democratic Primary win on Saturday: "This past weekend, our primary election season came to a close. Mahalo to everyone who voted, volunteered, contributed, or offered words of encouragement when they've seen me this past year. I never take an election for granted, and I continue to be humbled by the support and aloha I've received throughout the state.
     "As we look to the General Election, we must come together to ensure that our shared principles and values continue to be upheld."

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NEW SIREN TESTING started today at Ho`okena Beach Park, Ho`opuloa, and Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. Hawai`i County Civil Defense and Hawai`i Emergency Management will continue new siren testing on Wednesday and Thursday. The sequence will include cycling the siren system on and off throughout a one hour time frame.
     Wednesday, August 15, will have siren testing at Honoka`a and Honomu. Thursday, August 16, will have siren testing at Cooper Center in Volcano in the morning, and Mt. View mid-morning.

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Kīlauea summit is quiet for now, with no indications
that activity will resume. USGS photo
TODAY MARKS TWELVE DAYS OF QUIET at Kīlauea Volcano, with no collapse events since Aug. 2. With the exception of a small, crusted-over pond of lava deep inside the Fissure 8 cone in lower Puna, and a few scattered ocean entries, no lava is seen flowing in the lower East Rift Zone.
     According to USGS, earthquake and deformation data show no net accumulation, withdrawal, or significant movement of subsurface magma or pressurization as would be expected if the system was building toward a resumption of activity. "It is too soon to tell if this change represents a temporary lull or the end of the LERZ eruption and/or summit collapse activity. In 1955, similar pauses of 5 and 16 days occurred during an 88-day-long LERZ eruption. During the Mauna Ulu eruption (1969-1974), a 3.5 month pause occurred in late 1971," says USGS.
     Despite the eruptive pause, cautions USGS, hazardous conditions remain in the LERZ and at the summit, such as:
   - The Fissure 8 crater still hosts a small amount of lava that currently does not enter the existing channel. Should the eruption rate increase, the configuration of outflow around the vent could change, sending lava in new directions. Possible flow paths to the north have been outlined in HVO's 2018 lower East Rift Zone hazard assessment at volcanoes.usgs.gov/vsc/file_mngr/file-185/USGS%20Preliminary%20Analysis
   - Resupply of magma could lead to the reactivation of fissures other than Fissure 8, or the opening of entirely new fissures along the East Rift Zone, potentially leading to new areas being inundated by lava.
   - The new lava flow field in the LERZ includes large areas of still-hot, rugged, and unstable lava surfaces that are subject to collapse.
Fissure 8 still has a small pool of mostly-crusted-over lava. If activity
resumes, lava could go in new directions. USGS photo
   - Sulfur dioxide gas emissions have greatly decreased from LERZ vents, but high levels of SO2 may persist in downwind areas.
   - Tephra (fragments of glassy lava) have accumulated to thicknesses of more than several feet near Fissure 8. This material breaks down over time into small, glassy particles that can be blown on the wind and create an eye, respiratory, and skin irritant. Disturbing the tephra by sweeping, shoveling, or driving over it will break the fragile pieces into a glassy dust. The tephra can also conceal underlying hazards such as ground cracks, holes, and debris from destroyed structures.
   - The LERZ ocean entry is minimally active at this time, but continued laze and lava delta collapses remain a concern. Hydrovolcanic explosions are much less of a concern now, as they require high eruption rates with lava entering the ocean, but they may still occur.
   - At the summit, additional earthquakes, rockfalls, and ground cracking can occur with no warning. Steep crater walls destabilized by months of earthquakes could be prone to collapse for weeks or months to come, even without further ground shaking. See volcanoes.usgs.gov/vsc/file_mngr/file-184/Summit%20scenarios_7-5-18.pdf.
   - Summit SO2 emissions rates are lower than at any time since late 2007 and are not currently a hazard.
Crews are still monitoring road cracks for changes, as they could give 
early indication of a resumption of activity. USGS photo
   - Resuspended ash in the summit region remains a local hazard during strong winds.
   - As the summit continues to adjust to changes in the underlying magmatic system, additional, and potentially damaging, earthquakes are possible. Hawai`i is known for frequent earthquakes, so all residents should be prepared for damaging earthquakes.
   - If magma returns to the shallow reservoir beneath Kīlauea's summit, groundwater could encounter subsurface regions of high temperature, prompting explosions of uncertain size.
   - More dangerous explosive activity at the summit remains very unlikely in the near term. For more information, see volcanoes.usgs.gov/vsc/file_mngr/file-184/Summit%20scenarios_7-5-18.pdf.
   - Aftershocks from the May 4, 2018 M6.9 earthquake below Kīlauea's south flank will continue for months more and could produce moderate, damaging events at any time.
     The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory will continue to closely monitor Kīlauea's activity, including overflights of the rift zone and summit as needed, supplemented with unmanned aerial systems flights and daily visual observations. Field crews will be deployed to the LERZ and the summit areas to collect data and to install and repair monitoring instruments. HVO will continue to issue daily updates and additional messages as needed.

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   Fri, Aug 17, 10am, Scrimmage @ Kea`au
   Sat, Aug 25, 10am, Scrimmage @ Waiakea
   Thu, Sept 6, 6pm, @ Pāhoa
   Sat, Sept 15, 1pm, @ Kohala
   Sat, Sept 22, 3:30pm, host Lanai @ Kea`au
Girls Volleyball:
   Fri, Aug 24, 6pm, @ Mauna Lani
   Wed, Aug 29, 6pm, @ Hilo
   Fri, Aug 31, Kamehameha Tourney
   Sat, Sept 1, Kamehameha Tourney
   Wed, Sept 5, 6pm, host Pāhoa
   Wed, Sept 12, 6pm, @ Christian Liberty
   Fri, Sept 14, @ Kamehameha
   Mon, Sept 17, 6pm, host Lapahoehoe
   Wed, Sept 19, 6pm, host Kohala
   Thu, Sept 20, 6pm, @ Honoka`a
   Tue, Sept 25, 6pm, @ HPA
   Fri, Sept 28, 6pm, host Kona
Cross Country:
   Sat, Aug 25, @ CLA (preseason)
   Sat, Sept 1, 10am, @ HPA
   Sat, Sept 8, 10am, @ Kamehameha
   Sat, Sept 15, 10am, host Kea`au
   Sat, Sept 22, 9am, @ HPA
   Sat, Sept 29, 10am, @ Waiakea

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY HOSTS A VOLUNTEER DAY at Kona Hema Preserve on Friday, August 31, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tools, gloves, and stories will be provided. "Space is limited - and reserving a space in one of our trucks is a must!" states the non-profit's event flyer. The day is sponsored in part by Hawai`i Tourism Authority. For more details or to reserve a spot, contact Mel Johansen at mjohansen@tnc.org or Shalan Crysdale at scrysdale@tnc.org. The Nature Conservancy's next volunteer day will be held on Saturday, September 29. See tnc.org.

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Ocean View Community Association Board Meeting, Wed, Aug 15, 12:30pm, Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Story Time with Auntie Linda from Tūtū & Me, Thu, Aug 16, 10:30-noon, Nā`ālehu Public Library. 929-8571

Hawai`i Disability Legal Services, Thu, Aug 16, 9-noon, Ocean View Community Center. ovcahi.org, 939-7033, ovcahawaii@gmail.com

Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka`ū, Thu, Aug 16, 6:30pm, United Methodist Church in Nā`ālehu. Pres. Berkley Yoshida, 747-0197

Hawai`i Wildlife Fund Kamilo Beach Clean-up and Debris Survey, Fri, Aug 17. Contact in advance for meet up time at Wai`ōhinu Park. Pending volcanic activity/air quality. Space limited. Free; donations appreciated. kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, wildhawaii.org

Pāhala Meeting on the Future of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park on Friday, Aug. 17, at 5 p.m., at Pāhala Plantation House, corner of Maile and Pikake Streets. The community is invited to share ideas and to discuss what the visitor experience might be like during a series of informal meetings slated for Pāhoa, Volcano, Pāhala, and Kahuku.
     Anyone who is interested in the future of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park is invited to attend. Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando and other park managers will share the latest news about what’s going on in the park.
     Other meetings will be held at Tin Shack Bakery in Pāhoa, Thurs., Aug. 16, at 3 p.m.; Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus, Tues., Aug. 21, at 1 p.m.; and Kahuku Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Thurs., Aug. 23, at 10 a.m.
     A statement from the park says "Most of the park has been closed since May 11, after elevated activity at Kīlauea Volcano created hazardous conditions for staff and visitors. Park management will share their plans for recovery."

Volcano Forest Runs Race Day, Sat, Aug 18; 7 am - 1/2 Marathon, 7:45 am - 5k, 8 am - 10k, 10 am - Keiki Runs. Volcano Village, start and finish at Cooper Center on Wright Road. See pre-registration fees online. No race day registration for 1/2 Marathon. Race Director Sharron Faff, 967-8240. volcanorainforestruns.com

Pancake Breakfast & Raffle, Sat, Aug 18, 8-11am, Ocean View Community Center. To volunteer, call 939-7033, ovcahi.org.

Paths and Trails, Sat, Aug 18, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Moderately-difficult, 2-mile hike with some of the most spectacular overlooks in Kahuku. Discover the ways people, animals, and plants got to Kahuku and the paths they followed. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Hands-On Fermented Foods Workshop: Pickled Veggies & Yogurt with Jasmine Silverstein, HeartBeet Foods, Sat, Aug 18, 10-1pm, Volcano Art Center. $50/VAC Members, $55/non-Member. Pre-registration required. Supplies and organic ingredients provided. No cooking skills necessary. heartbeetfoods.com. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Ocean View C.E.R.T. Meeting, Sat, Aug 18, 10-1pm, Ocean View Community Center. Community Emergency Response Team monthly meeting/training. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hula Kahiko - Kumu Hula Iwalani Kalima with Hālau Kou Lima Nani E, Sat, Aug 18, 10:30-11:30am, hula platform near Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Hula performance. Free. Desiree, 987-7288, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org

Nā Mea Hula - Kumu Hula Kaho`okele Crabbe and Halauolaokalani, Sat, Aug 18, 11-1pm, Volcano Art Center Ni`aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Hands on cultural demonstration. Free. Desiree, 987-7288, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org

Bunco & Potluck, Sat, Aug 18, 6pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. Popular game played with nine dice. Bring dish to share. Margie Hack, 541-954-8297

People & Land of Kahuku, Sun, Aug 19, 9:30-12:30pm, Kahuku Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Guided, 2.5-mile, moderately difficult hike over rugged terrain focuses on the area’s human history. Free. nps.gov/HAVO

Discovery Harbour Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Mon, Aug 20, 5-6:30pm, Discovery Harbour Community Hall. 929-9576, discoveryharbour.net

After Dark Near The Park: Saving Rare Plants from the Brink of Extinction in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Tue, Aug 21, 7-8pm, Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus, Volcano Village. Botanist Sierra McDaniel discusses rare plant management at the park. Free; $2 donation suggested. volcanoartcenter.org. Event co-sponsored by Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, 985-6011.

Free Arts and Crafts Activities at Pāhala Comunity Center happen on Wednesdays (excluding Aug 29), from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., through the end of Sept, for keiki in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
   - Aug 22: Silhoutte Art. Register Aug 16 through 21.
   - Sept 5: In observance of Grandparents Day, Craft Stick Puzzle Hanging. Register Aug 30 - Sept 4.
   - Sept 12: Dove Foldable For Peace. Register Sept 4 through 11.
   - Sept 19: Handprint Tree Art. Register Sept 13 through 18.
   - Sept 26: Beaded Wind Chime. Register Sept 19 through 25.
     For more, call 928-3102 or visit the community center during business hours: Mon-Thu and Sat, from noon to 8 p.m., or Fri, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. See hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation/.

Activities at Kahuku Park -- within Hawaiian Ocean View Estates -- over the next two months, include two physical activities, three arts and crafts activities, and a Park Beautification Day.
     For ages 6 to 12:
   - Kickball: Tuesdays and Fridays to 3 p.m., August 21 through September 21. Registration open through August 20.
   - Jump Rope Challenge: Monday, August 27, to 4 p.m. Registration open August 20 through 25.
   - Paper Lanterns: Wednesday, August 22, 3 to 4 p.m. Registration open through August 20.
   - Sand Art: Wednesday, September 5, 3 to 4 p.m. Registration open August 27 through 31.
     For all ages:
   - Friendship Bracelets: Wednesday, September 19, to 4 p.m. Registration open September 10 through 14.
   - Park Beautification Day: Friday, September 28, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Registration open September 19 through 26.
      All activities are free to attend. For more, call Teresa Anderson at 929-9113 or visit the park during business hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. See hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation/.

Cross County Assistant Coach Needed for Ka`ū Trojans, says Coach Erin Cole. The Boys & Girls team starts running Aug 25. Contact Cole for more, or if interested in applying, at erinlcole@hotmail.com.

5th Annual Volcano Winery Harvest Festival tickets on sale for event on Sun, Sept 9. Benefit for Volcano School of Arts and Sciences. Music, food, wine, and raffle. $40/adult (21+), $20 under 21. 967-7772, volcanowinery.com

5th Annual Ka`ū Coffee Trail Run Registration Open, online at webscorer.com/register?raceid=128145, Fees: 5K, $35/person; 10K, $45/person; and 1/2 Marathon, $55/person. Race Day Sat, Sept 22, 7 a.m.; begins and ends at Ka`ū Coffee Mill, kaucoffeemill.com. Event organizers: `O Ka`ū Kākou, okaukakou.org.

Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool's Temporary Nā`ālehu Site Location is Kauaha`ao Church in Wai`ōhinu. Meeting days and times remain the same: Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Pāhala site program meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Pāhala Community Center.
     Tūtū and Me also offers home visits to those with keiki zero to five years old, to aid with parenting tips and strategies, educational resources, and a compassionate listening ear. Free. Visits last 1.5 hours, two to four times a month, total of 12 visits. Snacks are provided.
     To enroll in either program, fill out enrollment forms found at pidf.org/programs/tutu_and_me/enrollment_forms, or call Linda Bong at 464-9634. Questions: Clark at 929-8571 or eclark@pidfountation.org.

Harmony Educational Services, Home Based Educational Programs - Open Enrollment through Oct 15; harmonyed.com/hawaii. Partnered with four local public charter schools, Harmony offers benefits of homeschooling with resources available to public schools. Interested families can also contact Rayna Williams at rwilliams@harmonyed.com or 430-9798.

Disaster Recovery Center open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Kea`au High School Gym. See information applicants need to bring, or register online, at DisasterAssistance.gov. Salvation Army distribution center at Pāhoa Community Center on Tue, Thu, and Sat, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. To donate, contact 756-0306.

Volunteers Needed by St. Jude's Episcopal Church for Sat community outreach, especially soup cooks and shower organizers. "Volunteering for St. Jude's Saturday Shower and Soup ministry is an opportunity to serve God in a powerful way," states St. Jude's. Contact Dave Breskin, 319-8333.

Ocean View Vet Center Visits Suspended until further notice. Veterans, call 329-0574 for VA benefit information. ovcahi.org

Find Your Park, invites Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, to kama`aina and tourist alike. Experience authentic Hawaiian cultural programs, guided hikes, After Dark events, and more from Ka`ū to Volcano to Hilo, while the partial closure of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park continues.
     Free of charge, with no entry fees, rangers offer new and familiar programs at Kahuku Unit, Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus, and Mokupāpapa Discovery Center and Prince Kūhio Plaza in Hilo.
Kahuku Unit
     Kahuku events are posted to the park website, nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/kahuku-hikes.htm.
     Regularly scheduled Guided Hikes, monthly Coffee Talk, daily Ranger Talks, with cultural demonstrations and activities on weekends.
     Guided Hikes on Saturdays and Sundays begin at 9:30 a.m. Meet the ranger at the welcome tent.
     Coffee Talkheld the last Friday of the month, 9:30-11 a.m., at the Visitor Contact Station.
     Ranger Talks on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., at the Visitor Contact Station.
     `Ike Hana No`eau: Experience the Skillful Work Cultural Demonstrations and ActivitiesSaturdays and Sundays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the Visitor Contact Station.
Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus
     Find Park Rangers in Volcano Village daily, at the Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus at 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd. Rangers are there 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide talks and answer questions about the current eruption.
     After Dark …near the park at the Volcano Art Center's Ni`aulani Campus. Each event will have a different subject matter.
Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
     Find Park Rangers in downtown Hilo, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rangers provide daily eruption updates. At 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., they give a talk about all five of Hawai`i Island's volcanoes, including Kīlauea. Get NPS Passport Books stamped. Located at 76 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo.
Prince Kūhio Plaza
     Find Park Rangers alongside the park's non-profit partner, Hawai`i Pacific Parks Association, at their brand new mall store.
Grand Naniloa Hotel
     Find Park Rangers stationed at the Grand Naniloa Hotel in downtown Hilo on Sundays and Mondays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Rangers provide eruption updates at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The park film that is normally available to visitors at Kīlauea Visitor Center at the Summit, Born of Fire, Born in the Sea, is shown every half-hour beginning at 9:30 a.m.
     Park rangers also greet incoming arrivals at the Hilo International Airport, welcome cruise ship passengers as they disembark at the Port of Hilo, and inform visitors at `Imiloa Astronomy Center most Sundays.

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