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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.

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Fresh Food on The Kaʻū Calendar

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily in Ocean View, with takeout only and an online menu
to call in orders. See more on food availability in Kaʻū and Volcano below. Photo from L&L
MANY KAʻŪ AND VOLCANO RESIDENTS IN FARMING, RANCHING, AND FOOD PREP are on the front line of keeping meals on tables during the COVID-19 pandemic. Farmers and ranchers, restaurateurs, food and pharmacy retailers, and workers who provide food to those in need; these people are considered essential under county, state, and federal directives during the pandemic, and are allowed to work outside their homes with safe practices. These people are going the extra mile to stay open. Some also provide gardening supplies and seeds for families to grow their own food.
     Providers are encouraged to email mahalo@aloha.net and kaucalendarnews@gmail.com to share information, to be added to the list, and to make changes or corrections to the information:

Home Meal Delivery for Seniors is available through the County Nutrition program. The meals supplant the late morning weekday lunches that seniors enjoyed at Senior Centers, which are shut down due to social distancing protocols. Call Roann S. Okamura, Elderly Activities Division Operations Director of the county Parks & Recreation department, at 961-8708.

Big Island Creamery sells vegan, plant-based cheeses, creams, spreads, and desserts. They deliver to Kaʻū and Volcano for free with purchase of at least three items. Order at bigislandcreamery.com. Questions? Email govegan@bigislandcreamery.com or call 808-825-8485.

Ocean View Food: Farms, Ranches, Retail
Farmers, Ranchers, and Food Providers can add their listings by emailing mahalo@aloha.net and kaucalendarnews@gmail.com, texting, or calling 808-937-9965, or contacting The Kaʻū Calendar on Facebook.

DJ's Pizza & Bake Shop, mauka of Hwy 11, Monday - Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., takeout only. Pizzas, creme puffs, cake slices, and full cakes to order. Call 929-9800. See Facebook.

Kahuku Country Market, mauka of Hwy 11, is open its regular hours.

Ka Lae Garden Thai Food offers takeout along with farm stand fruits and vegetables. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday - Sunday. Call 808-494-7688.
Mehe's Bar & Grill reopened Monday, June 1. Photo by Julia Neal

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue on the makai side of Hwy 11 is open 8 a.m to 8 p.m. seven days a week, takeout only. See the menu at hawaiianbarbecue.com. To order, call 929-8888.

Mālama Market, makai of Hwy 11, is open seven days a week, 7 a.m to 8 p.m. The store sometimes places a limit on certain items but offers all of its fresh, refrigerated, frozen, canned, and dry foods as usual. Mālama Market is owned by Foodland. Call 939-7560.

Mehe's Bar & Grill, mauka of Hwy 11, is open Saturday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. The menu includes pūpū, burgers, salads, sandwiches, and entrées. See the menu at facebook.com/Mehes-Kau-Bar-and-Grill-381559232037320/menu/. Call 929-7200.

Ocean View Community Market, open Saturdays and Wednesdays, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the corner of Kona Drive and Highway 11, where Thai Grindz is located. New market location for vendors of the recently closed Ocean View Swap Meet. Managed by Mark Cocucci. Masks are mandatory. Limit of people is 100. Social distancing is required. Gate will be unlocked for vendors at 5:30 a.m. Vendors can show up without a reservation for now, with $15 dollars. Parking is in the upper lot; parking on the side of the road is prohibited. All vendors must provide their own sanitizer. All food vendors must have the permits required for the items that you are selling. Vendors and attendees are encouraged to carpool.

Ocean View Market, mauka of Hwy 11, is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Kamagaki family owners may limit the number of people in the store, if necessary. Otherwise, the store is operating with fresh, refrigerated, frozen, canned, and dry foods, and household goods, as usual. Call 929-8800.

Tai Shan Farms offers takeout and goods like cocktail mixes.
Photo from taishanfarms.com
Ocean View Pizzaria, mauka of Hwy 11, is open Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Monday - Thursday 11 a.m - 7 p.m., takeout only. Call in orders at 929-9677.

Ranchos Ace Housemart Hardware, mauka of Hwy 11, is open Monday - Saturday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. The store offers extensive garden tools, soil, seeds for food plants, and fertilizers. Call 929-7315.

Tai Shan Farms is located at 92-9095 Lehua Lane in Ocean View. A farm and commercial kitchen, they offer takeout and hot sauce, cocktail mixes, vinaigrettes, baked goods, jam, and honey. Tai Shan Farms products are available at taishanfarms.com/shop. Their takeout menu is available at taishanfarms.com/oceanview-to-go-menu Wednesday, Fridays, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for dinner. Call 808-929-9613.

Ocean View Food: Free Nutrition Services
St. Jude's Episcopal Church Soup Kitchen is open, with a modified menu and increased health & safety standards, every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hot showers, the computer lab, and in-person services and bible studies are suspended. Services are posted online on Sundays at stjudeshawaii.org.

The Food Basket's Pantry at St. Jude's offers food to the needy on the last Tuesday of the month, July 28See hawaiifoodbasket.org to verify dates and times.

Aloha Mix Food Truck Cafe is open Sunday and Tuesday - Friday for takeout only. Photo from Aloha Mix Food Truck
Nāʻālehu Food: Farms, Ranches, Retail
Farmers, Ranchers, and Food Providers can add their listings by emailing mahalo@aloha.net and kaucalendarnews@gmail.com, texting, or calling 808-937-9965, or contacting The Kaʻū Calendar on Facebook.

ACE offers many gardening tools and
mowers to clear the yard to grow.
Photo by Yvette Slack
ACE Homemart Hardware in Nāʻālehu remains open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. Employees said that backyard food growing appears to have increased since local schools shut down and kids are staying home. The store has found it difficult to keep seeds in stock but is still well supplied with gardening tools, soil, fertilizer, and gloves. Call 929-9030.

Aloha Mix Food Truck on the makai side of Hwy 11 in Nāʻālehu is open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for takeout. Call 808-756-8359.

Bee Boys in Nāʻālehu Shopping Center is open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, with a pass-through window open for those who prefer not to enter the store. Call 808-215-0292. Bee Boys also sells online with free shipping to anywhere in the country during the pandemic. The company sells its products made from honey produced by its own hives. It also sources Kaʻū-grown lilikoi from Waiʻōhinu, Kaʻū Coffee, turmeric, and mamake, guava leaf, and other local teas.

Crooked C Ranch off South Point Road sells papaya, spinach, grass and orange fed beef, oranges, honey, eggs, bananas, and green bell peppers. See Facebook and Instagram. Call or text Elizabeth and Josh Crook at 808-345-0511.

Hana Hou Restaurant is open for takeout, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Retrieve menu by phone, on bulletin board, or at hanahourestaurant.com. They offer mostly burgers, bentos, and pizza, cookies, and dessert bars. Call 929-9717.

The Bee Boys is offering free shipping throughout the country 
for its products, available online and at its store in Nāʻālehu 
Shopping Center, open Monday - Saturday. 
Photo from Bee Boys
Kuahiwi Ranch Store sells locally raised beef, and ranch and farm supplies directly to the public in Nāʻālehu at 95-5520 Mamālahoa Hwy. Among the offerings are grass-fed and grain-finished beef, and feed for cattle, horses, pigs, dogs, and chickens. Hours are weekdays, noon to 5 p.m. Call 929-7333.

Miranda's Farms Coffee Shop, between South Point Road and the Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park at 93-7136 Mamālahoa Hwy., sells internationally award-winning coffee. Patrons can drive through to pick up brewed Kaʻū Coffee and pastries from 8 a.m. "until the coffee runs out," usually mid-afternoon, Monday - Saturday. Also available for pick-up is packaged whole and ground Miranda's Farms Kaʻū Coffee beans. Their coffee is also sold online at mirandasfarms.com.

Taco Tita, next to Hana Hou Restaurant. Photo from Taco Tita
ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Market in Nāʻālehu is open three days per week – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – from 8 a.m. to noon. The goal is no more than 50 customers on the grounds at a time. Vendor booths per day are limited to 25, with 30 feet of space between vendors. Masks and hand sanitizing are required to attend the market. Social distancing will be enforced. A wide selection of fresh vegetables and fruits, prepared takeaway foods, assorted added value foods, breads and baked goods, honey, cheese, grass-fed beef, fish, vegetable plants, masks, handmade soaps, coffee, and more are offered on various days. Contact Sue Barnett, OKK Market Manager, at 808-345-9374, for more and to apply to vend.

Orange Wood Estate on South Point Road, owned by Douglas Olsen, sells beef and a variety of citrus, including Kaʻū gold oranges, tangerines, and tangelos. For more information on purchasing from him, call (907) 232-1950.

Paradise Meadows Orchard and Bee Farm operates a farm stand from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week, less than a mile from Hwy 11, at 93-2199 South Point Road. Offered are honey, macadamia nuts, Kaʻū Coffee, and seasonally: avocados, lemons, watercress, papaya, banana, and kale. See paradisemeadows.com, Facebook, or call 929-9148.

Rollman Family Salmon offers fresh wild Alaska Salmon from their home in Kaʻū and on the road.
See their Facebook. Photo from Rollman Family Salmon

Punaluʻu Bake Shop in Nāʻālehu hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Food is available to order by phone all day, to include malasadas, Portuguese and other sweetbreads, cookies, soups, plate lunches, and hot and cold sandwiches. Call ahead to 929-7343, or walk up and order. The store is limited to six persons at a time, wearing masks. Dining on site is off-limits until further notice. Its employees also continue to produce breads, cookies, and other products that are trucked and shipped to retailers and sold online. See bakeshophawaii.com to buy and gift the locally made products. Call 929-7343 for wholesale and fundraising orders.

A little outside, plenty inside - fresh food at
Will & Grace in Nāʻālehu. Photo by Yvette Slack
Riley Ranch near the police station in Nāʻālehu offers lettuce, kale, chard, arugula, bok choy, salad mix, green onion, and other veggies. Call Amanda and Bryan Riley at 661-619-3601.

Rollman Family Salmon is another source of food in Nāʻālehu. Trevor and Adria Rollman spend time between Alaska and Kaʻū and market their catch as a family affair. They offer fillets, smoked, and whole fish. Contact them for fish through Facebook or at 907-632-8664.

South Side Shaka Restaurant & Bar offers a full takeout menu from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m daily, with food, wine, and beer. Menu is on the Southside Shaka Yelp page. Call 929-7404.

Taco Tita next to Hana Hou is open 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily for takeout only. Call 808-498-4957 or see Facebook.

Ulu Kaʻū Farm, formerly known as Kaʻū Valley Farm, is open on Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., selling pumpkin, eggplant, papaya, lemons, limes, oranges, bananas, avocados, radishes, jicama, tomatoes, broccoli, turmeric, turnips, lettuce, green beans, green onions, squash, and more. Bring shopping bags. Social distance, along with face masks and gloves, will be practiced at the farm stand, 95-1178 Kaʻalaʻiki Road above Nāʻālehu. See ulukauhawaii.com or Facebook. Call 929-7900.

Ulu Kaʻū Farm produce.
Photo from Ulu Kaʻū Farm
Union 76 WikiWiki Mart at the gas station in Nāʻālehu is open daily, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., providing local beef, fresh fruits and vegetables, canned and frozen food, coffee, and juices, and a large array of Costco foods, and cleaning and other household supplies. The store also offers ready to eat foods, snacks, and drinks. Call 929-7135.

Will & Grace Filipino Variety Store in Nāʻālehu Shopping Center remains open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Its array of fresh foods includes produce from backyard farmers in Kaʻū and its own award-winning Rising Sun Kaʻū Coffee. Call 929-9993 or 808-557-4441.

Flyin' Hawaiian Coffee Truck in Nāʻālehu has suspended service due to the pandemic, but Flyin' Hawaiian coffee beans can be purchased by texting 808-640-4712.

Ka Lae Coffee on South Point Road is closed until further notice, with food service and yoga classes postponed.

Nāʻālehu Food: Free Nutrition Services
Home Meal Delivery for Seniors in Nāʻālehu is available through the County Nutrition program. The meals supplant the late morning weekday lunches that seniors enjoyed at the Senior Center, which is shut down due to social distancing protocols. Call Roann S. Okamura, Elderly Activities Division Operations Director of the county Parks & Recreation department, at 961-8708.

Pāhala Food: Farms, Ranches, Retail 
Farmers, Ranchers, and Food Providers can add their listings by emailing mahalo@aloha.net and kaucalendarnews@gmail.com, texting, or calling 808-937-9965, or contacting The Kaʻū Calendar on Facebook.

Kaʻili Maliʼe Farms in Pāhala sells vegetables - including green leafy lettuces, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower - Kaʻū Coffee, and much more, all grown on the former Hester farm above Pāhala. It offers pick-up and delivery in the Pāhala area. Call Marlene or Rodney Freitas at 808-987-2578 or 808-987-8918, or connect to them through Facebook.

Kaʻū Coffee Mill offers curbside pick-up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Pick up location is 96-2694 Wood Valley Road, Pāhala. Call 928-0550 or go to kaucoffeemill.com to order.
     Available are smoothies, blended coffee drinks, hot coffee, iced coffee, and cold brew (same-day order only - see kaucoffeemill.com/curbside-beverages). Customers can also order any products available on kaucoffeemill.com: award-winning Kaʻū Coffee, coffee treats, macadamia nuts, accessories, skincare, apparel, and more.
     Curbside Pickup customers can order and pay online or by phone, or order through drive-thru. First Responders including police officers, firefighters, and Kaʻū  Hospital staff will receive a free cup of coffee daily. They can call to order and again upon arrival, with order number, for coffee delivery to their vehicles.
Lettuce from Kaʻili Maliʻe Farms in Pāhala.
Photo by Marlene Freitas
     All customers will park in the Kaʻū Coffee Mill parking lot, call to let staff know they have arrived, and remain in vehicles for Kaʻū Coffee Mill team member to bring out the orders. Social distancing is required. For more detailed instructions, visit kaucoffeemill.com/curbside.
     The Kaʻū Coffee Mill Visitor Center remains closed to the public - pick-up-and-go only - and no public restrooms are available. More info is available on the Kaʻū Coffee Mill Curbside Pickup FAQ page at kaucoffeemill.com.

Long's Drugs on Pikake Street in Pāhala is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It offers refrigerated and dry food, sundries, cleaning supplies, and hosts the CVS pharmacy. Call 928-6252.

Mizuno's Superette on Pikake Street offers hot coffee and food to microwave. It also sells fresh vegetables; canned, refrigerated, frozen and dry foods; chicken feed; and alcohol. It sells many gardening and household goods, plus cleaning supplies. It is open Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. Call 808-928-8101.

R&G Store is open on Kamani Street from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. It offers frozen, refrigerated, and dry food, and alcohol. Call 808-928-8155.

Volcano Farmers Market at Cooper Center on Sunday morning will offer food and social distancing. Photo by Julia Neal
Volcano Village Food: Farms, Ranches, Retail  
Farmers, Ranchers, and Food Providers can add their listings by emailing mahalo@aloha.net and kaucalendarnews@gmail.com, texting or calling 808-937-9965, or contacting The Kaʻū Calendar on Facebook.

Aunty Pon's Food Truck at 19-4030 Wright Road is open for takeout Tuesday - Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Order ahead by calling 808-785-5795. See auntyponsthaifoodtruck.com.

Café Ono on Old Volcano Highway is open for takeout, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Daily specials. Handmade Pizza Sunday is back "by popular demand." Call ahead to confirm hours and to order, 985-8979. See cafeono.net for menu.

Crater Rim Café in Kīlauea Miltary Camp is open Saturday, July 4. Make reservations to dine in or Grab-and-Go Family BBQ Special will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes 8 BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, 16 pieces of Local Style Fried Chicken, 8 pieces of 6 oz. Corn on the Cob, 2 lbs. of Coleslaw, 2 lbs. of Steamed Rice, and 2 lbs. of Mashed Potatoes, all for $55.95. Individual To-Go Lunches, $12.95 per person. Reservations required for dine-in and to-go; call  967-8356. KMC is open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. See kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

Hawaiʻi True Value Hardware on Old Volcano Highway, is open daily, 7:30 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m. In addition to hardware, it sells soil and garden tools. Call 808-967-7969.

Kīlauea General Store, on Old Volcano Highway, is open daily 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pick-up place for Lava Rock Café (11 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily. See lavarock.cafe.) and Big O's Sandwiches & Coffee (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and pizzas from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). The store offers canned, dry, and refrigerated foods; alcohol; and household goods. From local farms, the store sells such produce as cabbage, lettuce, mushrooms, tomatoes, bell peppers, lemons, and limes. Call 967-7555.

Kīlauea Military Camp is open for lodging, dining, and more. Crater Rim Café offers Dine-In or Grab-and-Go. Reservations for dine-in and take-out are required, call 967-8356. 10-Pin Grill and Java Café are open for dine-in (limited occupancy, face masks required) and take-out from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. for lunch and dinner, daily. Call 967-8350. Reservations for accommodations, for guests who do not require 14-day quarantine, are available. Call 967-8333. KMC General Store is open, face masks required, Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The two gasoline pumps are open for use 24 hours a day, with debit or credit card. The store offers household items, curios, souvenirs, food, drinks, toiletries, firewood, and more. The Post Office is open weekdays, face masks required, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The lobby is open 24 hours a day. Collections times are Monday-Friday at 1 p.m., and Saturday at 8:45 a.m. The laundromat is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tennis and basketball courts are open, with modified hours – call 967-8333 for details. Lava Lounge remains closed for now. Other KMC amenities – such as the bowling alley, fitness center, and rec center – are all still closed. KMC is open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. See kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

Kīlauea Lodge is offering Curbside Take Out for breakfast,
lunch, and dinner. Photo from Kīlauea Lodge
Kīlauea Lodge at 19-3948 on Old Volcano Hwy, is open for take out by calling 808-967-7366. Take out breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m, and lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Special offers are posted on the Kīlauea Lodge Facebook, along with a menu link. Wine is available by the bottle and beer is available by the bottle and can.

Lava Rock Café is open for takeout by calling the adjacent Kīlauea General Store. Hours for pick-up are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily. Alcohol is available in Kīlauea General Store. Call in orders to 967-7555 and see lavarock.cafe. Big O's Sandwiches & Coffee inside Kīlauea General Store offers subs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and pizzas from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call in orders to 808-967-7555; pick up at Kīlauea General Store.

McCall's Volcano Produce sells fresh produce, like lettuce, arugula, beets, bok choy, broccoli, carrots, collard greens, daikon, green onions, kale, sweet and Irish potatoes, radishes, spinach, swiss chard, tomatoes, watercress, zucchini, rhubarb, blackberries and blueberries, and a variety of herbs. Jeff and Claudia McCall sell their produce on Sundays at the Volcano Farmers Market at Cooper Center, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., at their farm stand on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 19-4277 Haunani Rd., through Volcano Cookshop, and by appointment by calling 937-1056. 

Thai Thai Bistro & Bar, at 19-4084 Old Volcano Hwy, is open for takeout only Thursday - Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call in orders to 808-967-7969. Alcohol is available at its adjacent True Value Hardware store. See lavalodge.com/thai-thai-bistro.html.

Volcano Cookshop offers a slow-roasted, garlic-rubbed top
round, sliced thin for sandwiches, at 1/2 lb. for $8. See the
Photo from Volcano Cookshop
Volcano Cookshop offers takeout and Volcano-area delivery on Wednesdays and Fridays. All menu items are delivered cold, to heat up or freeze for a later date. See facebook.com/heatherandkurtnelson for the menu. Call 808-634-6061 to order. Orders must be placed by noon, the day before delivery. If ordering McCall's produce, orders must be made two days before, by 6 p.m. Volcano Cookshop charges a $3 delivery fee. The delivery range is from Volcano Golf Course down to Kahaualea Road (Atkatsuka Orchids). Pick-up for people in Fern Forest or Glenwood is available. Payment by Paypal or Venmo is preferred; credit card by phone (3.5% fee), check, or cash is also accepted. 

Volcano Farmers Market at Cooper Center on Wright Road, off of Old Volcano Highway, is open on Sundays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., with much local produce, island beef, and prepared foods. Call 808-967-7800.

Volcano House, with The Rim and Uncle George's Lounge, lobby, fireplace room, main retail shop, observation deck, and indoor sitting area are all closed temporarily. Volcano House is not taking reservations for hotel accommodations and Namakanipaio, the campground and cabins managed by Volcano House, at this time. See hawaiivolcanohouse.com for updates.

Volcano Store, on Old Volcano Highway, is open daily from 5 a.m. to 6:30. p.m. The store has fresh produce, along with refrigerated and frozen food, alcohol, and household goods. It is the only propane provider in Volcano. Call 967-7210.

Volcano Winery is open for curbside pick-up of wine and cheese spreads. Winery visits and tastings are temporarily suspended. Call ahead for pickup between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. See volcanowinery.com. Call 808-967-7772. The winery is located at 35 Piʻimauna Drive.

Cooper Center Volcano Farmers Market. Photo by Julia Neal
Volcano Village Food: Free Nutrition Services
On-Call Emergency Food Pantry is open at Cooper Center Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. until the food is gone. It is operated by The Food Basket. Call 808-933-6030.