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Saturday, January 04, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Saturday, January 4, 2020

Electricity production by Tawhiri Pakini Nui windmills at South Point could be reduced under Hawaiian Electric's
plan to use more geothermal. See more below. Photo by Peter Anderson
HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC PROMISES LOWER ELECTRIC BILLS WITH PUNA GEOTHERMAL VENTURE BACK ON LINE THIS YEAR. On Dec. 31, Hawaiian Electric filed its power purchase agreement with the state Public Utilities Commission to resume buying electricity from Puna Geothermal Venture. The PGV facility, in operation since 1992, shut down and was partially covered by lava during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. The plan is to reopen PGV in the second quarter of this year, if PUC approves the agreement.
     Hawaiian Electric said the geothermal facility would "produce an additional 8 megawatts of firm, lower-cost renewable energy, further reducing bills and the use of fossil fuels to generate electricity," making PGV a 46-megawatt plant. Until PGV was shut down, Hawai‘i Island had the highest rate of renewable energy production in the state. Hawai‘i Island's renewable energy total would be close to 70 percent with the additional megawatts.
     Residential bills would drop about $7.50 a month starting in 2022, and $13 a month in 2023, based on current prices. Lower rates would come with a new contract when upgrades are completed in 2022, then run through 2052.
     The contract changes the cost paid by Hawaiian Electric to PGV to a fixed rate, no longer linked to volatile oil prices. Electricity from PGV would displace about 160 million gallons of oil over the life of the contract, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, states Hawaiian Electric.
     The utility is also applying to construct 69 Kilovolt overhead transmission lines to reconnect PGV to the grid. The application was suspended in August pending additional information on the power purchase agreement.
     All repairs, including rebuilding the transmission lines and the switching station that ties PGV into the grid, are at no cost to utility customers.
This image shows the proposed configuration of the new Puna Geothermal Venture plant, courtesy Hawaiian Electric.
     Sharon Suzuki, president of Hawaiian Electric's Maui County and Hawai‘i Island utilities, said, "We thank our regulators for the opportunity to revisit the agreement and find solutions that will reduce customer bills. The pricing of renewables has dropped significantly in recent years. The owners of PGV recognize that and we appreciate their willingness to sit down and work with us on an amended contract that benefits customers and accelerates our transition to 100 percent renewable energy."
     Isaac Angel, chief executive of Ormat Technologies, Inc., owner of PGV, said, "We have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Hawaiian Electric and Hawai‘i Electric Light, and are grateful for its support of geothermal power. We are proud to partner with Hawaiian Electric and enable Hawaii's commitment to clean energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As Hawaii continues to pursue the goal of achieving 100 percent of its electricity generation from renewable sources, PGV is an increasingly critical source of renewable energy and capacity, unaffected by volatile fossil fuel pricing, in this region."
     The PUC recently denied a motion to intervene by Tawhiri Power LLC, which sells power generated by its Kaʻū windfarm to Hawaiian Electric, reported Big Island Video News. According to PUC documents, Tawhiri stated that "if HELCO's proposed transmission project is approved, it may result in HELCO curtailing production from Tawhiri's wind farm, which 'has the potential to financially ruin' Tawhiri's investment in the windfarm." The PUC instead granted Tawhiri "participant status in lieu of intervention," reported BIVN.
     Hawaiʻi Department of Health requested a Wednesday, Jan. 22 deadline to make a decision on whether an environmental review is required. Puna Pono Alliance and other community members, reported BIVN, "are demanding further environmental review as a condition precedent to PGV's request for an air pollution permit renewal." Puna Pono argues that the Environmental Impact Statement produced in 1987 is not valid, following the 2018 eruption, "because the present situation has changed substantively from that addressed by the 1987 EIS in many matters that may have a significant effect," reported BIVN.
     Pacific Business News reported that, after PGV was shut down, Hamakua Energy facility had to take on the demand load, going from a 15 percent capacity plant to a 75-to-80 percent capacity plant overnight. The Hamakua plant is an asset of Pacific Current, a tier-one subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries, reported PBN, that "invests in renewables, transportation electrification and clean water, energy, and agriculture. In late October, the Pacific Current signed a contract with Pacific Biodiesel, to add biofuel to the fuel mix at the Hamakua plant, and reduce the intake of Naphtha fuels."
Lava inundated Puna Geothermal Venture in the Lower East Rift Zone during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. 
Photo from Civil Defense

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PASS THE NO MORE PRESIDENTIAL WARS RESOLUTION, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard urges Congress, following the U.S. airstrike Friday that killed Iran's top general, Qasem Soleimani. The resolution would "restore Constitutional balance and ensure Congress fulfills its responsibility to determine whether or not to declare war," states Gabbard.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
     Introduced in May by Gabbard, the resolution would allow the House to charge the president with impeachable "high crimes and misdemeanors" if the president initiates wars without prior congressional declarations. The resolution also prohibits the president from "making the United States a co-belligerent in an ongoing war" without a congressional declaration.
     On social media, Gabbard said, "We need to get American forces out of Iraq and Syria now. How many more American lives, how many more trillions of dollars will be wasted before we exit? It could be now, or it could be 10 or 20 years from now, but there is no American victory."
     She said neocons are "praising Trump actions against Iran in Iraq," but that those actions are "opposite of what many Trump voters voted for." Gabbard called the attack a "fundamental violation of the Constitution. Trump's action will drag us deeper into war with Iran that will be far more costly and devastating than the wars in Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan. We must get our troops out of Iraq and Syria now."
     Soleimani, head of Iran's elite Quds Force, "was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region," according the Department of Defense. DOD also stated Soleimani approved attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad earlier this week.
     Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said a "harsh retaliation is waiting" for the U.S. Khamenei called Soleimani "the international face of resistance," and declared three days of public mourning for the general's death.
     Hessameddin Ashena, an adviser to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, said, "Trump, through his gamble, has dragged the U.S. into the most dangerous situation in the region. Whoever put his foot beyond the red line should be ready to face its consequences."
     Iranian state television, in a commentary, said the action is "the biggest miscalculation by the U.S." since World War II. "The people of the region will no longer allow Americans to stay."
A burning vehicle at the Baghdad International Airport following an airstrike 
in Baghdad, Iraq, early Friday, Jan. 3. The Pentagon said the U.S. military 
killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, at the 
direction of Pres. Donald Trump. 
Photo from Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office via Associated Press
     The airstrike also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, and five others, including the PMF's airport protocol officer, Mohammed Reda, Iraqi officials said.
     Trump tweeted, "General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more... but got caught! He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people, including the recent large number of protesters killed in Iran itself.
     "While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hated and feared within the country. They are not nearly as saddened as the leaders will let the outside world believe. He should have been taken out many years ago! The United States has paid Iraq Billions of Dollars a year, for many years. That is on top of all else we have done for them. The people of Iraq don't want to be dominated & controlled by Iran, but ultimately, that is their choice. Over the last 15 years, Iran has gained more and more control over Iraq, and the people of Iraq are not happy with that. It will never end well!"

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Protesters against a possible war with Iran, outside the White House, posted on social media by Sen. Brian Schatz.
"ANOTHER, EVEN MORE CATASTROPHIC WAR" is possible, said Sen. Brian Schatz, after U.S. airstrikes killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani on Friday. Schatz tweeted, "The neocons are back on television with their magical thinking, their moral hectoring, and their amnesia about Iraq. They could very well get us into another, even more catastrophic war. They have lied about almost everything. There is no reason to suddenly give them the benefit of the doubt because they took a precipitous military action. Instead, our deepest skepticism, our toughest oversight, our most probing questions, must come now.
     "Lotta experts saying this is going to work out fine. And by experts, I mean people who were aggressively wrong over the last twenty years."
     Schatz also remarked, "Young people are going to have to vote in record numbers in order to put this madness to an end. Today is a good reminder that there is a real difference between the two major political parties and that a vote for a third party candidate is a vote for Donald Trump."

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SECOND SATURDAY IN VOLCANO VILLAGE happens next Saturday, Jan. 11. Each month, the entire Volcano area hosts a wide array of entertaining, engaging, educational, and delicious activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free family fun, open to the public.
     Volcano Garden Arts will host self guided "Secret Garden" tours of its famous gardens. There will also be specials in the art gallery, which showcases the works of many local artists; receive a 10 percent discount.
     Special menu selections will be featured at Cafe Ono, which serves lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed Mondays.
     For more details and information, call (808)985-8979 or visit experiencevolcano.com, volcanogardenarts.com, cafeono.net.

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THE TROJANS BOYS BASKETBALL team hosted Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy in a Varsity-only game on Friday. Kaʻū scored 34 to the Ka Makani's 61. Elijah Evangelista scored 11 points for Kaʻū, Kealiikoa Nalu-Reyes scored 8, Kyson Toriano scored 4, Michael Rodante, Raymond Polido-Kalili, and Kaikea Kaupu-Manini each scored 3, and Dayson Burns scored 2.

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Kaʻū Winter Sports Schedule

Girls Basketball
Tue., Jan. 7 @Kohala
Fri., Jan. 10 host Honokaʻa
Tue., Jan. 14 host Konawaena

Boys Basketball
Thu., Jan. 9 @Waiakea
Sat., Jan. 11, @Konawaena
Mon., Jan. 13 host Hilo

Mon., Jan. 6 @HPA
Wed., Jan. 8 host Kealakehe, 2pm
Sat., Jan. 11 @Honokaʻa

Sat., Jan. 11 @Kealakehe

Sat., Jan. 11 @Kona Community Aquatic Center

Farmers Market, Sunday, Jan. 5, 12, 19, and 26 – every Sunday, monthly – 6-10a.m.Cooper Center in Volcano. thecoopercenter.org

ʻŌhiʻa Lehua, Sunday, Jan. 5, 9:30-11a.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. Free. nps.gov/havo

Clay – High Fire!, Sunday, Jan. 5 through Feb. 23, 11:30a.m.-2:30p.m. or 2:45-5:45p.m. 8-week morning or afternoon pottery series with Erik Wold. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sunday, Jan. 5 – 1st Sunday, monthly – noon-2p.m., Manukā State Park. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. View sites.google.com/site/southpointarc or sites.google.com/viewith southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

Guided Hike of Kīlauea Iki Crater, Monday, Jan. 6, 13, 20, and 27, 10a.m.-1p.m. Meet Ranger Mike at Kīlauea Iki Overlook Parking Lot. Iconic four mile, moderately difficult hike, with an elevation gain of 400 feet. Crosses steaming crater floor through the intersection of eruption and native rainforest. Free; Park entrance fees apply except Jan. 20. nps.gov/havo

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment: Dietrich Varez Block Printing with Desiree Moana Cruz, Monday, Jan. 6 – first Monday, monthly – 11a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center. No registration required. $10 per person supply fee. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Ocean View Volunteer Fire Department Mtg., Monday, Jan. 6 – first Monday, monthly – 4-6p.m.Ocean View Community Center. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Hawai‘i County Council Committee Mtgs., Tuesday, Jan. 7 (Hilo) and 21 (Kona) – second and fourth Tuesday, monthly. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

Bookstore and Thrift Shop, Tuesday-Saturday, 8-11:30a.m., and Sunday, 6:30-10a.m., weekly, Cooper Center in Volcano. Shop, donate, or both. thecoopercenter.org

Blended Learning Computer Class, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 14, 21, and 28, and Wednesday, Jan. 8, 15, 22, and 29 – every Tuesday and Wednesday, monthly – 8a.m.-3p.m., St. Jude's computer lab. Free. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Family Yoga Class, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 14, 21, and 28 – every Tuesday, monthly – 9:30-10:30a.m., PARENTS, Inc., Nā‘ālehu. 0-12 years old and caregivers. All levels welcome. Wear comfortable clothes. Bring mat, if can - supplies limited. Free. 333-3460, lindsey@hawaiiparents.org

A Walk into the Past with Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 14, 21, and 28 10a.m., noon, and 2p.m. One hour performance includes climbing stairs and entering a confined space. Meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Ka‘ū actor-director Dick Hershberger brings the renowned geologist and founder of Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory, Dr. Jaggar, to life. Space limited; pick up free tickets at Visitor Center's front desk day of program. Supported by Kīlauea Drama Entertainment Network. Free; Park entrance fees apply. nps.gov/havo

Papa ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i: Hawaiian Language Classes Level 1, Tuesdays, Jan. 7-Feb. 4, 4-5p.m.Volcano Art Center. $85/VAC member, $95/non-member. Basics class focuses on vocabulary, counting, simple conversation, grammar, and sentence structures. No textbook or previous knowledge required. No class Jan. 24 or 31. Instruction by Kumu Kaliko Beamer-Trapp. volcanoartcenter.org

Papa ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i: Hawaiian Language Classes Level 2, Tuesdays, Jan. 7-Feb. 4, 4-5p.m.Volcano Art Center. $85/VAC member, $95/non-member. Class focuses on expanding vocabulary, using longer snippets of conversation, and understanding how repeating Hawaiian word and phrase patterns can be used to communicate using many types of sentences. Class taught using Hawaiian as language of instruction about 10% of the time to help with listening comprehension. No textbook required. No class Jan. 24 or 31. Instruction by Kumu Kaliko Beamer-Trapp. volcanoartcenter.org

Papa ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i: Hawaiian Language Classes Level 3, Tuesdays, Jan. 7-Feb. 4, 6:30-8p.m.Volcano Art Center. $85/VAC member, $95/non-member. Class taught over 50% in the Hawaiian language to increase comprehension and to "immerse" the student. Class is ideal for teachers, cultural practitioners, and those with the goal of using Hawaiian language on a daily basis. No textbook required. No class Jan. 24 or 31. Instruction by Kumu Kaliko Beamer-Trapp. volcanoartcenter.org

Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Mtg., Tuesday, Jan. 7– 1st Tuesday, monthly – 6-8p.m.Pāhala Community Center.

After Dark in the Park - Transitions: What's Next for HVO and the Volcanoes it Monitors?, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 7-8p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Tina Neal, Scientist-in-Charge of HVO, describes the current status of Kīlauea and Mauna Loa and what might be coming next, and gives update on HVO's new volcano observatory. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

Hawai‘i County Council Mtg., Wednesday, Jan. 8 (Hilo) and 22 (Kona) – second and fourth Wednesday, monthly. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

ʻAi Pono: Healthy Hawaiian Foods, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 10a.m.-noonKīlauea Visitor Center lānai. ‘Anake (Aunty) Edna Baldado discusses eating and living healthier with native Hawaiian foods like kalo (the staple food of Hawaiians), ‘uala (sweet potato), and ‘ulu (breadfruit). Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

Restoring Hope Group, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 15, 22, and 29 – every Wednesday, monthly – 4-6p.m., PARENTS Inc. Office, Nā‘ālehu. For families with keiki ages ages 3-17. Free, dinner included. Registration required. For more info, 333-3460

A Walk Through Kīlauea Volcano's Summit History, Thursday, Jan. 9, Friday, Jan. 17, Wednesday, Jan. 22, Saturday, Jan. 25, 8-10a.m., Devastation Trail Parking Lot. Join USGS HVO scientist emeritus Don Swanson on a two-hour walk. Learn about the past 500 years of Kīlauea Volcano's history. Free; Park entrance fees apply. 985-6101, nps.gov/havo

Beginning Improv for Adults, Thursday, Jan. 9 through Feb. 13, 1-3p.m. Learn to live more in the moment, think on your feet, let go of self-judgment, bring more joy in your life, and recapture your playful spirit in the 6-week workshop series with improv legend Keli Semelsberger. Attendance to all 6 classes is not required – classes may be attended individually. No prior experience is necessary. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka‘ū, Thursday, Jan. 9 – second Thursday, monthly – 6:30p.m., United Methodist Church, Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkeley Yoshida, 747-0197

Hawai‘i Disability Legal Services, Friday, Jan. 10 – second Friday, monthly – 9a.m.-noon, Ocean View Community Center. Free disability legal services provided by Hawai‘i Legal Aid. 939-7033, ovcahi.org
Nā Mamo o Kāwā Community Access Day, Saturday, Jan. 11 – second Saturday, monthly – 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.org, facebook.com/NMOK.Hawaii

Pancake Breakfast and Raffle, Saturday, Jan. 11 – second Saturday, monthly – 8-11a.m., Ocean View Community Center. To volunteer, call 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Swap Meet, Saturday, Jan. 11 and 25 – second and fourth Saturday, monthly – 8-12:30p.m.Cooper Center in Volcano. thecoopercenter.org

Sharp Turns – The Creative Art of Woodturning Exhibit, Saturday, Jan. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 16, daily, 9a.m.-5p.m. Volcano Art Gallery features works of Aaron Hammer and Mark and Karen Stebbins. Join the artists for an opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 5 to 7p.m. Live woodturning demonstration will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, 11a.m.-2p.m. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Stained Glass Basics I with Claudia McCall, Saturday, Jan. 11, 18, and 25, 9a.m.-1p.m. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Hike the Path on Mauna Loa's 1868 Lava Flow, Saturday, Jan. 11, 10a.m.-1p.m., Kahuku Unit, HVNP. RCUH-HVO geologists Katie Mulliken and Lil DeSmither lead this guided hike along the Pu‘u o Lokuana trail. Free; bring snack and water. nps.gov/havo

Zentangle Embedded: It Grows Like Coral!, Saturday, Jan. 11 – second Saturday, monthly – 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 Nā Kumu Pelehonuamea Harman & Kekoa Harman with Hālau I Ka Leo Ola O Nā Mamo and Nā Mea Hula with Loke Kamanu & ʻOhana, Saturday, Jan. 11 – second Saturday, monthly – 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, Jan. 11 – second Saturday, monthly –  11a.m.-1p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery porch. Hands-on cultural demonstration. Free; park entrance fees apply. 967-8222, volcanohula@gmail.com, volcanoartcenter.org

Sounds at the Summit: Muriel Anderson Live in Concert, Saturday, Jan. 11, 6:30p.m. The guitarist/harp-guitarist leads a journey in music and stories, with a backdrop of visuals artfully compiled by award-winning photo-artist, Bryan Allen. Tickets available online or at any VAC location. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Girls Night Out Band, Saturday, Jan. 11, 7-10p.m.Kīlauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge, in HVNP. $5 cover charge, free to in-house guests. Open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

Deadline to Sign Up for Aloha Kidney in Kaʻū is Friday, Jan. 10. Classes run Thursday afternoons, 1-3:30p.m., Jan. 16 through Feb 20, at Kaʻū Resource Center, 96-3126 Puahala St. in Pāhala. The free class series on Chronic Kidney Disease is lead by retired kidney doctor Ramona Wong. Bring a pen and whomever cares/cooks/shops for the person(s) with CKD. Enroll online at alohakidney.com or call (808) 585-8404.

Apply for Mosaics of Science by Monday, Feb. 3. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park's 12-week paid summer internship position is designed to engage university students and recent graduates with on-the-ground work experience in the National Park Service. A $4,800 stipend, and all travel costs are covered, including a week-long career workshop in Washington,  D.C. to meet with NPS managers.
     The internship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents ages 18-30, and to military veterans up to age 35. Funding is provided under a cooperative agreement for youth conservation activities as part of the Public Lands Corps program, which mandates that these age ranges are followed. 
     The selected intern will assist with the development of education curriculum for Kīpukapuaulu and Pu‘u Loa trails in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

     For more information, contact Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Education Specialist Jody Anastasio by email at jody_anastasio@nps.gov. To apply go to go.nps.gov/mosaics or mosaicsinscience.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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