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Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
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Sunday, March 08, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Sunday, March 8, 2020

A previous year's submission to the Kaha Kiʻi Congressional Art Competition. The competition is open for 2020. 
See more below. Image from the Office of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

TEMPORARILY STOP ALL CRUISE SHIPS FROM COMING HERE, urges Lt. Gov. Josh Green. The physician, who formerly practiced in Kaʻū, wrote to the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and Department of Health, to ask for the temporary halt of cruise ships docking here after the Grand Princess stopped in Hilo on Feb. 29, with many of the 3,500 crew and passengers taking day excursions.
     After leaving Hawaiʻi, at least 19 crew members and two passengers tested positive for the novel coronavirus and all remaining crew and passengers are scheduled to be tested. KHON television quoted Green saying, "I feel very badly for (cruise ships), but our public health system and our people's health, especially our kūpuna, has to come first." Green said he expects to hear back about his proposal sometime this week.
     Green told KHON, "I look at it this way. It's kind of like an athlete that doesn't want to come off the field but they're hurt. They're hurt right now and if they don't come off the field, they could get severely hurt for a long time. Meanwhile, everybody around them could also have a problem. That's what I think the cruise ships are facing right now and our people are a little scared. So until we can test comprehensively, it probably has to happen."

Dept. of Health director Bruce Anderson, Gov. David Ige, state
epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park, and a sign language interpreter.
Photo from Hawaiʻi News Now covera
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A SECOND COVID-19 CASE IN HAWAIʻI was announced Sunday. The ill person is an elderly Oʻahu resident, unrelated to the first case of the Oʻahu man who traveled on the Grand Princess cruise ship from San Francisco to Mexico. Both patients are in isolation and under observation on Oʻahu. During a press conference at 5 p.m. Sunday, Gov. David Ige, state epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park, and Department of Health director Bruce Anderson gave the update.
     Ige said a Hawaiʻi man who visited Washington state fell ill on March 2. He took a plane back to Oʻahu March 4 and went directly to an urgent care, where he was presumed to have the flu and went home untested for novel coronavirus. On Saturday, March 7, the man was taken by ambulance to an Oʻahu hospital where a COVID-19 test came back a presumptive positive, awaiting confirmation.
     The governor said Hawaiʻi is working with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and federal agencies to track the man's close contacts to notify them.
     Park noted the the health care workers and first responders who interacted with this latest victim of COVID-19 are trained to protect themselves and others from exposure. Anderson said the man was "presumably" at home from March 4 until the ambulance transported him to the hospital, concluding that his close contacts with people in Hawaiʻi are very limited.
     The CDC stated that older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions – like heart, lung, or kidney disease – "seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. Learn ways to support older adults in your family & community if there is a #COVID19 outbreak" at bit.ly/38ofRQc. CDC states that COVID-19 "spreads mostly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when a person coughs or sneezes, similar to how flu spreads." Learn how the virus spreads at bit.ly/36oxxu7.
     See a list of cleaning agents approved to kill novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency on March 3 at epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-
     CDC urges the public to plan for potential changes at workplaces due possible community virus outbreaks, and to learn about employer emergency operations plans and discuss sick-leave policies
and telework options – more info at bit.ly/2TrXBRE.
     The World Health Organization stated Sunday that, while COVID-19 "is a mild disease for most people, it can make some very ill. Around one in every five people who catch COVID-19 needs hospital treatment." Symptoms of COVID-19 are; fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, and malaise.

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A FOOD LABELING AND FOOD SAFETY CLASS for small-scale Hawaiʻi food entrepreneurs will be held Tuesday, March 10, 9 a.m. to noon at Hale Iako at Natural Energy Lab of Hawaiʻi Authority, next to the airport in Kona, 73-970 Makako Drive, Suite 119. Register and pay online, clients.hisbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=5400003, or by 8:45 a.m. at the event. Fee is $20 per person. 
     Speakers will be John Nakishima, of Food Safety Services Hawaiʻi. and Nina Ann Tanabe of Pacific Food Technology.
     Sponsor Hawa`i Small Business Developemnt Ceter issued a statement, saying,  "There are many food entrepreneurs in Hawaiʻi offering a variety of products, but with so many regulations to deal with, they may not be aware of all the regulations that cover food labeling and safety. This class is geared toward the small food manufacturer to make them aware of what needs to be on a label and how to format that, and to understand what is needed in a basic food plan and how to prepare one. The class will provide practical tips on preparing labels and plans, and time will be available for private one on one consultation after the class."
     Contact Boyd at 808-333-5000 or dennis.boyd@hisbdc.org

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KAʻŪ HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ENTRIES FOR THE 2020 KAHA KIʻI CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION are being accepted by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard through Friday, April 3. Winning pieces from students in the 2nd Congressional District for the 2020 Congressional Art Competition will be announced at an awards ceremony on Saturday, May 16. The first-place piece will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol, along with winning artwork from all other congressional districts around the country that participate in the nationwide competition. Interested applicants can find complete details regarding the competition at gabbard.house.gov/serving-you/student-resources/art-competition.

Kaʻū Trojans Boys Baseball team gets a pep talk from 
Coach Alcoran, right. Photo from Kaʻū Athletics
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THE FIRST HOME BASEBALL GAME IN SEVEN YEARS for Kaʻū High was played on Thursday, March 6. The Trojans, coached by Rolland Alcoran, faced off against Ka Makani but the home field advantage didn't land Kaʻū the win. Hawaiʻi Prepartory Academy took the game, 4 to 1.
     In a tweet about the newly reopened baseball field, Kaʻū Athletics stated, "Thank You Makoa & Glenn Moses, Moses Whitcomb & Sam AhYee! Home Games For Our Trojans Baseball Team!!"

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Lilianoe Muller-Afong bows to her opponent. 
Photo from Kaʻū Athletics
KAʻŪ HIGH STUDENTS COMPETED IN JUDO MATCHES yesterday at Kealakehe. Lilianoe Muller-Afong participated in at least two matches. See video of one of her matches, where she wins the match by Ippon – a full point – at twitter.com/KauAthletics/status/

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TROJANS BOYS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL TEAM played two games so far this season. On Feb. 26, Kaʻū faced Christian Liberty. The Chargers took all four sets, 26-24, 25-18, 23-25, and 25-20.
     During the game, Zia-Rae Wroblewski won the $250 ‘O Kaʻū Kākou Serve-for-Cash.
Kaʻū Trojans Spring sports season is underway. ‘O Kaʻū Kākou's
 first Serve-for-Cash winner of the season, Zia-Rae Wroblewski, earned Kaʻū
 Athletics $250. She is joined by OKK's June Domondon and Kaʻū Athletics 
Director Kalei Namohala. Photo from Kaʻū Athletics
     On Wednesday, March 4 the Trojans played three sets against Hilo High. The Vikings took every set, 25-17, 25-14, and 25-14.

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Kaʻū Spring Sports Schedule
Girls Softball
Wednesday, March 11, 3 p.m., @Konawaena
Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m., host Kealakehe
Tuesday, March 17, 3 p.m., host Pāhoa
Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m., @Keaʻau
Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m., host Hilo
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Boys Baseball
Tuesday, March 10, 1 p.m., @Konawaena
Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m., host Kealakehe
Wednesday, March 18, 3 p.m., @Pāhoa
Saturday, March 21, 1 p.m., @Keaʻau
Saturday, March 28, 1 p.m., host Hilo
Boys Volleyball
Tuesday, March 10, 6 p.m., host Makualani
Friday, March 13, 6 p.m., host Konawaena
Tuesday, March 24, 6 p.m., host Kamehameha
Tuesday, March 31, 6 p.m., @Kohala
Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m., @Hilo
Saturday, March 21, 10:30 a.m., @Konawaena
Saturday, March 28, 10:30 a.m., @Waiakea
Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m., @Waiakea
Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m., @Konawaena
Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m., @Waiakea

OKK Farmers Market in Nāʻālehu, Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the future Nāʻālehu Senior Housing Site. Contact Sue Barnett for vending, 808-345-9374.

Hour-Long Lomilomi Massage, Mondays, March 9, 16, and 23, 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Hawaiʻi County Economic Opportunity Council, 95-5635 Māmalahoa Hwy in Nāʻālehu. Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi offers sliding-fee payment scale sessions with experienced Licensed Massage Therapist and lomilomi practitioner Lehua Hobbs. "Improve circulation, alleviate muscle pain, and improve your overall well-being." Call for appointment, 808-969-9220.

Paper Plate Rainbow Craft Registration Deadline, Tuesday, March 10. Program Wednesday, March 11, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Kaʻū District Gym. Ages 5 to 12. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 928-3102

Legacy of Magic in Hawai‘i, Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Some of the world's most famous touring magicians traveled the world by steamship and performed in Hawai‘i. Some made Hawai‘i their home, and their legacy lives on today in local talented magicians, slight-of-hand artist,s and other performers. Join local award-winning magicians Bruce and Jennifer Meyers for an evening of history, mystery, and magic. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series. nps.gov/havo

OKK Farmers Market in Nāʻālehu, Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the future Nāʻālehu Senior Housing Site. Contact Sue Barnett for vending, 808-345-9374.

Spring Flower Wreath Craft Registration, open Wednesday, March 11 to 18. Program Friday, March 20, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Kahuku Park in HOVE. Ages 6 to 12. hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, 929-9113

Lomilomi Demonstration, Wednesday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Lomilomi is a style of massage that incorporates the Hawaiian concept of aloha, which means to love, unify and breathe. Michelle Wall-O'Conner demonstrates the important spiritual components of lomilomi to promote personal harmony. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ‘Ike Hana No‘eau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops. nps.gov/havo

Family Reading Night, Wednesday, March 11 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Nāʻālehu School Cafeteria. Family reading, make & take activities, snacks provided. Free.

Family Reading Night, Thursday, March 12 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ocean View Community Center. Family reading, make & take activities, snacks provided. Free.

Caring for Hawai‘i: How to Make Wise Plant Choices, Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. Presentation by Jaya Dupuis teaches distinctions between native, Polynesian-introduced, and invasive plant species. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

CANCELLED: Community Dance, Friday, March 13, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Minors allowed with supervision only. Alcohol-free event. Variety of music. Snacks provided; additional pūpū welcome. Free. thecoopercenter.org, 967-7800

Deadline to Enter the 2020 Keiki Water Conservation Poster Contest, held by Dept. of Water Supply, is Friday, March 13. "Conserve to Preserve" is the theme contest, open to all Hawaiʻi Island schoolchildren enrolled in kindergarten through the fifth grade. Free entry. Submit original artwork by keiki on flat, 11 by 17 inch paper. No computer graphics or photographs; any medium may be used, except three-dimensional renderings, chalk, charcoal, and oil-based crayon. Each submission must be accompanied by a completed entry form available online at hawaiidws.org, via email by contacting dws@hawaiidws.org, or by calling DWS at 961-8050. Entries may be mailed to or dropped off at DWS offices in Kaʻū, at 95-6041 Māmalahoa Hwy in Waiʻōhinu, and in Hilo, Kona, and Waimea. Additional contest rules are listed on the entry form and the DWS website. DWS 2020 Keiki Water Conservation Poster Contest flyer/entry form.

LEGO Robots Migrant Education Program, March 16 through 20, 8 a.m. to noon, for keiki in grades 3 through 8, at Pāhala Elementary. Registration deadline is Friday, March 13. The program is free. Held during Spring Break, the Lego Education WeDo 2.0 program offers to "engage and motivate elementary school students' interest in learning science- and engineering-related subjects." The program used motorized LEGO models and simple programming. Register online at bit.ly/2VaaPUi or khpes.org. Pick up a registration form in the school's main office. Call 808-313-4100 for more.

Stewardship at the Summit, March 14, Saturday, and Friday, March 20 and 27, 8:45 a.m. Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteer to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a World Heritage Site. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. Under 18? Parental or guardian accompaniment or written consent is required. Additional planning details at nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm.

Kaʻū Plantation Days, Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nāʻālehu Community Center. Organized by Kaʻū Multicultural Society. Marlene Hapai, 808-557-4540

Pastel On-Site Landscape Painting Workshop with Patti Pease Johnson, Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Zentangle: Enso Circle Techniques with Lois & Earl Stokes, Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

Second Saturday in Volcano Village, Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monthly event showcases business throughout the village. Volcano Garden Arts will hold self guided "Secret Garden" tours of its famous gardens, with 10% off in the art gallery, which showcases the works of many local artists. Special menu selections will be featured at Café ʻOno, serving lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed Mondays. experiencevolcano.comvolcanogardenarts.comcafeono.net, 808-985-8979

Miranda's Grand Opening of New Kaʻū Coffee Store, Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the mauka side of Hwy 11 between South Point Road and the Kahuku Section of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The event will feature music and hula, ribbon cutting, tacos, tamales, Miranda Kaʻū Coffee, and cake. mirandasfarms.com

Kaʻū Art Gallery is looking for local artists. Call 808-937-1840

Sign Up to Be a Vendor at the Kauahaʻao Congregational Church Fundraising Bazaar by Wednesday, March 18. The annual event will be held Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located on the corner of Mamalahoa HwyKamaoa Road, and Pinao Street, just above the Wong Yuen Store in Waiʻōhinu.
     Individuals, schools, clubs, and sports/athletic groups are invited to be vendors at the "flea market" that will be located on the church lawn. The charge for a 10' X 10' space is $10. Vendors are responsible for bringing their own tent, table and chairs, and if power is needed, generator. Vendors can sell anything except hot foods or plate lunches.  
     Vendors must fill out and submit a Vendor Application with the $10 fee by Wednesday, March 18. Call Debbie Wong Yuen at 928-8039 for the application.
     The Church members will sell kalua pig and cabbage bowls, and smoked meat bowls, as well as baked goods, produce, and crafts.
     For more information, call 928-8039.

Sign Up Keiki for the Second Annual Kaʻū Children's Business Fair, to be held Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to noon at Pāhala Community Center. Open to young entrepreneurs ages seven and 18 to share their talents by selling handmade items and services. One application may be submitted for each business. Children can sign up for booth space at no charge. Children working as a group submit one application that includes each child's information; no more than three children per business.
     Kaʻū Children's Business Fair guidelines are designed to give children the experience of selling a product or service. Parents of younger children (under eight years old) may sit in the booth, but the children should be responsible for set up, customer interaction, and sales. Parents may aid a child, but the child runs the business.
    Learn more about participating at childrensbusinessfair.org/pahala. Visit Kaʻū Children's Business Fair's Facebook event page facebook.com/KAUCBF/. RSVP to the event at facebook.com/events/925342784527676/. Text KAUKIDSFAIR to 31996 for updates and information (message and data fees may apply).

Check Out Nāʻālehu Elementary Student Artwork from the 32nd Annual Young At Art Juried Exhibit through Friday, March 27 at the East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center in downtown Hilo. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Register for Ocean View Classic Car & Bike Show, Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Owners of classic cars and bikes are encouraged to register early, as space is limited.
     This second annual event, a fundraiser for Ocean View Community Association, will also feature food and live music, and prizes for the most impressive cars and bikes.
     Contact organizers Dennis Custard at 831-234-7143 or Ron Gall at 808-217-7982 to register or for more info.

Prince Kuhio Hoʻolauleʻa will be held Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Nāʻālehu County Park. Reborn after a 20-year hiatus through the efforts of local non-profit Hana Laulima Lāhui O Kaʻū, the event will feature Hawaiian music and cultural demos, hula, crafts, food, and more. The drug- and alcohol-free event will offer entertainment with live entertainment from Gene Akamu and G2G, Uncle Sonny & Bro Tui, Braddah Ben, Lori Lei's Hula Studio, and more. Local personality Kurt Dela Cruz will emcee, and several lucky number prizes will be announced throughout the day.
     Hawaiian culture demos and activities, showcasing cultural knowledge of Kaʻū people and those tied to the area, include lauhala weaving, ti leaf lei making, waʻa kaulua (double-hull canoe) tours, kākau (tattoo) artistry, ʻohe kāpala (bamboo stamps), traditional Hawaiian games, and more.
     Travel through time by walking through a photo exhibit showcasing the history of Kaʻū, set-up within the Nāʻālehu Community Center. Laulima Lāhui O Kaʻū representatives said they intend this to be like a visit to a mini version of their proposed Kaʻū Hawaiian Cultural Center, which has been their goal for the last 20 years. Visit Hana Laulima's booth at the hoʻolauleʻa to learn more about the revival of the Cultural Center project and membership.
     Choose from a variety of ono food including shave ice, korean chicken, roast pork plates, chili bowls, Kaʻū coffee, Big Island Candies Crunch Bars, and more. Local entrepreneurs will have pop-up shops displaying wares such as Hawaiian arts and crafts, jewelry, shirts, and hats.
     Learn more about Junior Rangers, and natural resource management, with Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park rangers; ways to help free the coast of marine debris with Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund; staying healthy with state Dept. of Health; native Hawaiian healthcare with Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi; ʻōpeʻapeʻa monitoring with Friends of the Kaʻū Bats; and more.
     The organization's new logo, symbolizing its rejuvenation, was created by Kaʻū High graduate and local artist Kaweni Ibarra, who is also a Hana Laulima board member. Newly elected board members also include Lisa Derasin, Kupuna Jessie Ke, president Terry-Lee Shibuya, vice-president Elizabeth Naholowaʻa Murph, secretary Nālani Parlin, and treasurer Kehaulani Ke. Membership is $10 per year. For more information about the hoʻolauleʻa, contact Terry Shibuya at 938-3681 or terrylshibuya@gmail.com; Trini Marques at 928-0606 or trinimarques@yahoo.com; or Kupuna Ke.
     Hana Laulima Lāhui O Kaʻū promises that the Prince Kuhio Day Hoʻolauleʻa will continue as an annual event.

Mixed Flock Volcano Art Center Exhibit, daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday, March 29. Features prints by Margaret Barnaby and pottery by Emily Herb. Glazing techniques demo Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222

AdvoCATS, Saturday, April 25, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Ocean View Community Center. Free spay/neuter for cats. Reserve spot in advance. 895-9283, advocatshawaii.org

Sign Up to Vend at the New ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Nāʻālehu Farmers Market, Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the site of the old Fruit Stand, mauka of Hwy 11 in Nāʻālehu. Vending focuses on Kaʻū products, including mushrooms from the new farm in Nāʻālehu, fresh breads, vegetables, fruits, and other products. The market may offer music in the future, and there are plans to acquire picnic tables for market goers. Call Manager Sue Barnett at 345-9374 to sign up.

Register for Volcano's ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Keiki Dash by Wednesday, July 22. The second annual event will be held on Saturday, July 25. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to University of Hawaiʻi for furthering research of Rapid ‘Ōhiʻa Death and The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences. See webscorer.com to register.
     Half Marathon registration is $70 through May 24, $80 May 25 through July 22, and $90 for late registration. Registration for the 10K is $50 through May 24, $55 May 25 through Jul 22, and $60 for late registration. Registration for the 5K is $35 through May 24, $40 May 25 through July 22, and $45 for late registration. Keiki Dash registration is $10. All registrations are non-transferable and non-refundable.
     Late registration is only available at packet pickup or race day morning. Shirts are not guaranteed for late registration.  Race Shirts will be included for Half Marathon and 10K participants only. For all other participants, shirts are available to purchase online.
     Packet pick-up is scheduled for Thursday, July 23 in Hilo; Friday, July 26 in Volcano; and Saturday, July 27, 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. at the race start.
     Half Marathon will start at 7 a.m. Other distances follow shortly after. Keiki Dash will begin at 10 a.m. on VSAS grounds, with the option of one or two laps – about 300 meters or 600 meters. Race cut-off time for the Half Marathon is four hours. The races will begin and end in Volcano Village at VSAS.
     See ohialehuahalf.com.

Cultural Understanding Through Art & the Environment, features classes on block printing, lauhala weaving, ti leaf lei making, and more. A free guided Cultural Forest Tour, and a Mele and Hula ‘Auana performance are also slated. Visit the website events calendar for the full lineup. volcanoartcenter.org

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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