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Sunday, April 05, 2020

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Sunday, April 5, 2020

Mother Mary in the glass door of Holy Rosary Church in Pāhala, which is closed during the pandemic. Many
churches offer public online services and activities through their broader church community. This photo appears as
if Mother Mary is wearing a mask to encourage social distancing. See more on churches, below.
Photo by Julia Neal
KAʻŪ RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO FILL OUT A COVID-19 TRACING questionnaire. It asks questions about traveling, being in contact with travelers, and being around people who may have COVID-19 symptoms. The tracking is conducted by University of Hawaiʻi's Department of Urban and Regional Planning and its National Disaster Preparedness Training Center.
     A message from researchers Eric Yamashita and Jiwath Ghimire says, "Hawaiʻi is at high risk for the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic because of many visitors and residents traveling into our state from places with confirmed COVID-19 cases. Because of our remote location and
shortage of testing, we need additional data on who might be infected to stop the virus. You can help us by identifying where the disease may have spread in our community."
     It asks all community members to complete the questionnaire and distribute the survey link to others in Hawaiʻi at risk of being infected. The link for the survey is tinyurl.com/svh3m7z Also, see ndptc.hawaii.edu. The researchers promise that all personal information will be kept strictly confidential. The research protocol has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board of the University of Hawaiʻi. For questions regarding this research project, contact Yamashita (ericyama@hawaii.edu) or Ghimire (jiwnath@hawaii.edu).

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KAʻŪ'S COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER MAILE DAVID URGES RESIDENTS FILL OUT CENSUS FORMS including online or on the phone. A statement from her office says that all Hawaiʻi County residents are encouraged to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire, even those who haven't received a written invitation.
     The U.S. Census Bureau does not send invitations to post office boxes in Hawai‘i. For those residents, invitations were to be hand-delivered to physical addresses in a process called Update Leave; however, that process is on hold until April 30 to protect the health and safety of the community and Census employees during the COVID-19 virus pandemic.
Council member Maile David urges everyone to
go on line or call to fill out  census forms.
     Kaʻū and Volcano residents can respond to the Census even if they haven't received an invitation or lost the invitation. Go to my2020census.gov, start the questionnaire, and follow the link that says, "If you do not have a Census ID, click here." The questionnaire can be filled out over the phone by calling 1-844-330-2020 toll-free, or wait for a pre-stamped paper form. From the beginning of May through July, Census takers will go door-to-door to gather responses from households that have not yet responded.
     Mayor Harry Kim issued a Proclamation to partner with the U.S. Census Bureau to raise awareness and educate the community about the importance of the U.S. Census and to achieve a complete and accurate count in Hawai‘i County. That proclamation declared April 1, 2020, as Census Day.
     Every ten years, the federal government conducts a Census, which is the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country. These funds support the planning of various needs and initiatives, including public schools, student loans, school meals, special education, Medicaid & Medicare, health care centers, food assistance programs, public housing, first responders, roads, social services, and much more.
     Every 1 percent of the population that's undercounted in Hawai‘i represents a potential loss of $37 million a year in federal funding, which equates to a loss of $370 million over 10 years.
     The Census Bureau is not a law enforcement agency; it's a statistical agency. Strict federal law protects census responses. By the same law, the Census Bureau can only use individual's responses to produce statistics.
     The decennial census will collect basic information about the people living in each household. When completing the census, count everyone who is living in the household no matter what age they are or if they are related to the person filling out the census form.
     "Responding to the 2020 Census is an easy, safe, and important way we can help provide for our families and communities for the next 10 years," says the statement provided by Kaʻū's County Council member. Visit 2020Census.gov to respond to the Census and for more information.

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PALM SUNDAY IS CELEBRATED REMOTELY IN KAʻŪ, online with local churches and their broader religious communities. Many Catholics watched the Vatican's Palm Sunday service on television and online as Holy Rosary Church in Pāhala, and Sacred Heart Parish in Nāʻālehu, are closed.
     At the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic, both Catholic churches halted their wine offerings during communion. All onsite services stopped when the Catholic Diocese of Honolulu closed all of its churches in the islands on March 26. The annual procession, where the faithful carry a wooden cross through the streets of Pāhala and stop to sing at Stations of the Cross set up at village houses, is  cancelled this Easter season.
Stations of the Cross parade in Pāhala, shown during last Easter season, is
cancelled during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Julia Neal
     For Catholic services, members are directed to the Diocese website, which posted a tutorial for Palm Sunday, explaining such traditions as singing while carrying palm branches. It also recommends Palm Sunday readings. The priest for both Kaʻū churches is Father Marlon Delmonte, who can be reached at 928-8208 or hrc.shc@gmail.com. See catholicmasstime.org/church/
sacred-heart-church/3311/ for daily reflection videos.
     Members of the Church of Latter Day Saints in Nāʻālehu joined their worldwide community where all services have been suspended, with guidance online, including, "This year, let's use Holy Week to Make Easter Sunday More Meaningful." "Remember that in uncertain times, Jesus Christ is there for us. We just have to listen," says the message in an online guide for Mormons. The guide includes suggestions for Holy Week Day-by-Day. There is also a link to talk to Mormon missionaries online. See the guide at comeuntochrist.org. Call the local LDS church at 808-929-7123.
Thy Word Ministries has been a regular in the Merrie Monarch Parade but the event, the event, scheduled for the
Saturday after Easter is cancelled. The Thy Word church in Hilo offers sermons on Facebook
     Thy Word Ministries in Kaʻū has halted its service with Pastor Bob Tominaga at the Nāʻālehu Hongwanji. Members are referred to the message of Pastor Gail Kamakahi on the Facebook of Thy Word Ministries Faith Center of Hawaiʻi. Her Palm Sunday services is available there.
     The Episcopalian Church in Kaʻū is St. Jude's in Ocean View which switched services to online. The church property is open only for handing out free, packaged food to those in need on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; services, hot showers, the computer lab, and meetings are suspended. See the online Palm Sunday service, other Sunday services and worship music, and read the St. Jude's newsletter at stjudeshawaii.org. Contact 808-939-7000 or StJudeHawaii@bak.rr.com.
Kauahaʻao Congregational Church cancelled its bazaar, scheduled for March 21, which featured hula and sales
 of local crafts and much more. The church has gone online. Photo by Kahu Debbie Wong Yuen
     Kauaha‘ao Congregational Church in Waiʻōhinu has also switched to online services. Kahu Debbie Wong-Yuen posts Sunday sermons at facebook.com/kauahaaochurch. Participate in musical worship services on Sundays from 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. via Facebook Live. Contact Wong-Yuen at 808-937-2155 or dwongyuen.kauahaaochurch@gmail.com. See more at stjudeshawaii.org.
Sacred Heart Church
     Nāʻālehu's Pentecostal church, Nāʻālehu Assembly of God, is posting sermons, worship services, and bible studies on their website, naalehuag.org. Through Facebook Live, the church is praying together from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., weekdays. The website states, "The most vital thing a church can do is pray together. Now your home is the place you petition God for change and stand in the gap for our church and community." Pastor Kevin Brown can be contacted at 808-929-7278 or office@naalehuag.com.
     Pāhala's Pentecostal church, River Of Life Assembly Of God, is posting sermons and worship facebook.com/ROLHAWAII. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the church cancelled The Kaʻū Children's Business Fair, which was scheduled for March 21. More information on the church can be found on its website, rolhawaii.com. Contact Lead Pastor Troy Gacayan at 808-928-0608 or revivalfall@hotmail.com.
     Volcano's Pentecostal church, Volcano Assembly Of God, is posting sermons to facebook.com/VolcanoAssemblyofGod. More information can be found at ag.org. Contact Reverend Mililani Bair at 808-967-8191.
     Nāʻālehu Methodist Church was a very active church with its Sunday services, music, and presentations that are suspended during the pandemic. Pastor Woodley White is sending out sermons and other messaging. He can be reached at woodley@easystreet.net or call 808-854-9483. The location is 95-5664 Mamālahoa Hwy.
     Ocean View Baptist Church is holding online services on Sundays at oceanviewbc.org or facebook.com/Ocean-View-Baptist-Church-231892270567067. On Easter Sunday, at 3 p.m., the church will hold a Zoom business meeting for members of the church. Contact Pastor Tim, 808-333-0212, or us the contact form on their website.
Nāʻālehu Methodist Church's in-person services are suspended but Pastor Woodley White is sending
out messages, sermons and music.
     The Rev. Satoshi Tomioka of Pāhala's Buddhist Temple, Pāhala Hongwanji, is posting online Sunday services and a mid-week Dharma message to punahongwanji.org/pahala-hongwanji/. Contact Tomioka at 808-928-8253 or mpunahongwanji@twc.com.
     Other churches not holding online services can still be contacted by phone, email, or online:
Services, free hot showers, the computer lab, meetings, and activities
like crafting at St. Jude's are all suspended during the pandemic. 
See services online at stjudeshawaii.org. Photo from St. Jude's
     Ocean View Evangelical Community Church, Ocean View, Pastor Mike Sidman, 808-939-9089, facebook.com/OVECC.
     Church of Christ, Ocean View, Pastor Ron, 808-928-0027. Pastor Ron recommends watching In Search of the Lord's Way, Sundays on channel 11 at 8:30 a.m.
     Divine Faith Ministries, Ocean View, 808-929-8570.
     Iglesia Ni Cristo, Nāʻālehu, iglesianicristo.net.
     Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Nāʻālehu, 808-929-7602, jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/meetings.
     Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling Wood Valley Temple, Pāhala, 808-928-8539, nechung@nechung.org, nechung.org.
     New Hope Volcano Church, 808-967-7129.
     Native American Center, 808-968-1111.
     This Holy Ground, Volcano, Reverend Laura Gilmore, 808-965-7843, onthisholyground@gmail.com, thisholyground.com.
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A MESSAGE FROM KAʻŪ'S U.S. SEN. MAZIE HIRONO: "I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy, and staying strong in this challenging time. We will make it through this crisis together.
     "I want to take a moment to thank all of the people who are working long hours and balancing their work and life to fight this pandemic. Thank you to the doctors, nurses, EMTs, technicians,
Sen. Mazie Hirono sent a message to thank grocers who
 keep the stores open for essential goods. She also
thanked many other essential workers, from delivery
drivers to police, fire, and health workers. Above is
a little outside, plenty inside - fresh food at Will
 & Grace in Nāʻālehu. Photo by Yvette Slack
clinicians, pharmacists, staff, aides, and other healthcare workers who are putting their own health at risk and working around the clock to save lives. You are on the frontlines of this crisis, and I couldn't be more grateful for all that you are doing to keep us healthy.
     "Thank you to the grocery store and convenience store workers who are keeping stores open and sanitized, and shelves stocked so we can continue to purchase essential goods we need. Thank you to the delivery drivers who are making life easier for many of us who are following stay at home orders, by delivering mail, packages, medicines, and food to us.
     "Thank you to those of you who are helping your neighbors most at risk of coronavirus by checking in on them and running errands for them so they don't have to risk exposure in public. Thank you to those who have donated to food banks and relief funds, and other charities that are supporting millions of Americans who are facing hardship like never before.
     "Thank you to our firefighters, law enforcement, and other essential workers who continue to keep our communities safe. Thank you to the businesses who, while experiencing hardship, are adapting to address needs of the community by manufacturing masks, making hand sanitizers, and preparing meals for others.
     "Thank you to those who are doing your part by staying at home and social distancing as much as possible -- the precautions and limitations we are doing now are critical to slow the spread of the virus so our healthcare system will not be overwhelmed and lives will be saved. We are in uncertain times, but our resilience is demonstrated by our ability to adapt to a new normal, in which our typical routines and freedoms are limited. Stay safe and healthy!"

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GRAB & GO FREE FOOD FOR YOUTH BEGINS AT NĀʻĀLEHU ELEMENTARY SCHOOL on Monday, April 6, with a drive-through. Principal Darlene Javar reports that Nāʻālehu Elementary, designated as a Department of Education free feeding site, will give meals to anyone 18 years old or younger. Breakfast can be picked up at the school between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., and lunch picked up between 11:30 a.m. and noon. The child must be present on site to receive a meal. Only one breakfast and one lunch will be distributed per child. Participants are asked to observe social distancing rules and remain six feet apart.
Nāʻālehu Elementary starts handing 
out meals for youth Monday, April 6.
     Grab & Go continues at Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary School this Monday with the same schedule. The free food is for anyone 18 years and younger. The meals are hot and fresh. Meals are provided only to those youth who arrive in a vehicle or walk up to the distribution site.
     The service, sponsored by the state Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is prepared by the staff of each school cafeteria. The goal is to keep the children well fed while the campuses are closed to them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many students depend on free breakfasts and lunches for their nutrition when the schools are open.

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DAILY COVID-19 UPDATE: Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense reports ten active cases of COVID-19 on Hawaiʻi Island as of Sunday, April 5. No new cases were reported today. Fifteen people have recovered, two having left the island. None have been hospitalized and none have died on island. No cases have been reported from Volcano or Kaʻū.
     The state Department of Health reports 371 cases statewide, with 20 reported today. There have been four deaths, all on Oʻahu.
     According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. has recorded 337,637 cases. The death toll is more than 9,650. More than 17,500 people have recovered.
     Johns Hopkins counts more than 1,275,500 people as victims of COVID-19. The death toll is nearly 70,000. The recovery total is more than 263,000.
     There are cases reported in over 200 countries.

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A 1988 Classic Tiffany Coupe was among the exotic entries in the Ocean View Classic Car Show last year.
The show raised money for Ocean View Community Association. Owner Ted Wakeman said it's one of 100
 showroom cars built by Classic Motor Carriages in Miami. The coupe came to Oʻahu in 1988. The show
was postponed this year during the COVID-109 pandemic. Photo by Annie Bosted
Kaʻū Life: The Way We Were Last Year
     Last year, this time, Ocean View Community Association reported on its lucrative fundraiser, its first Classic Car & Bike Show. The event displayed 23 classic and vintage cars and 13 very fancy bikes at Ocean View Community Center. The crowd also enjoyed music, food, and raffle prizes.
     Peoples' Choice for the car competition went to Alan Yamasaki's 1970 Z28 Camaro. Judges' Choice went to Yamasaki's 1970 Z28 Camaro; Best of Show – Jim Simpson's 1929 Ford and Glenn Ani's 1932 Ford Pickup; Best Custom – Tony Andrade's 1968 Chevy Nova II; Best Original – Sal Mazza's 1965 Impala SS Convertible; and Best Project – Wayne Docksteader's 1935 Chevy Coupe.
A lineup of classic bikes at the Ocean View Community Center last year provided a fun event for the community
and raised money for Ocean View Community Association. Cancelled this year, its organizers are looking
to carry on after the pandemic. Photo by John Vose
     Winners in the bike contest were Peoples' Choice – Mike Haber's 1936 Indian Knucklehead;
Judges' Choice – Christine Gallagher's 2018 Harley Davidson Free Wheeler; Best of Show – Tony Page's 2007 Harley Davidson CVO; Best Custom – Andrew Richard’s 1978 Harley Davidson FX; Best Original – Mike Haber's 1936 Indian Knucklehead; and Best Project – Mike Leckington's 1941 Indian Knucklehead.
A 1955 Chevy 3100 truck owned by Dennis Custard, who restored it using 
mostly original parts for the six-cylinder engine. The fine paint 
work completed his impressive project. Photo by Annie Bosted
     Ron Gall, then President of the Association and organizer of the show, told The Kaʻū Calendar that local businesses were generous in donating raffle prizes: Beach Buggy Concessions (from Idaho), Coffee Grinds, DJ's Pizza, Kahuku Gift and Garden, Mehe's Bar & Grill, Ocean View Auto Parts, Ocean View Pizzeria, Oven Treats, Rancho Ace Hardware, and South Point U-Cart, which donated three prizes.
     Gall said the event made over $900 for the Association. He said many volunteers helped, but he could have welcomed a few more.
    Gall, now Secretary of Ocean View Community Association, said that he and his co-organizers look forward to replanning the event for later this year, with live music and people able to socialize once again. To donate, volunteer, call Gall at 808-217-67928 or co-organizer Denis Custard at 831-234-7143.
Three classic cars captivated the attention of car lovers at the 2019 Ocean View Car & Bike Show. The red 1965 Corvette 
Sting Ray has been owned for 44 years by Tony Page, a Ranchos resident. The blue coupe is a 1972 Volvo 1800 ES owned
 by Les Garbis who lives in HOVE. The paint job on the large black van is familiar to customers of Ocean View Auto 
Parts, one of ten businesses that donated prizes for the show that raised money for OVCA. Photo by Annie Bosted
     The association needs more members and volunteers daily to cover community operations. The OVCA office is open 8 a.m. to noon, weekdays, except holidays.

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throughout Kaʻū, from Miloliʻi through Volcano, and free on 
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Daily, weekly, and monthly recurring Kaʻū and Volcano Events, Meetings, Entertainment, Exercise, Meditation, and more are listed at kaucalendar.com. However, all non-essential activities are canceled through the end of April.

MOST EVENTS ARE CANCELLED for the month of April, to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. The state is under a stay-at-home order, with l4 days of quarantine required for anyone coming into the state. Interisland travel is restricted. Those in Hawaiʻi should stay at home unless needing to obtain food or medical care.

Free Breakfast and Lunch for Anyone Eighteen and Under is available at Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary weekdays through at least the end of April. Each youth must be present to receive a meal. Service is drive-up or walk-up, and social distancing rules (at least six feet away) are observed. Breakfast is served 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

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 Food Pantries Distribution, where families can receive 14 days of food per family:
     The Ocean View location for April 14 will be Ocean View Community Center parking lot, 92-8924 Leilani Circle, instead of at St. Jude's Episcopal Church, 11 a.m to 1 p.m.
     The Nāʻālehu location is Sacred Hearts Church at 95-558 Mamālahoa Hwy, under their Loaves and Fishes program, on Thursdays, April 9 and 23, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Call 928-8208.
     The Pāhala location is Kaʻū District Gym at 96-1149 Kamani Street, distributed by the ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Pantry, on Thursday, April 30 at 11:30 a.m. Call 933-6030.
     The Volcano location is Cooper Center at 19-4030 Wright Road Thursday, April 30 at 3:30 p.m. Call Kehau at 443-4130.

A Free Dinner for Those in Need is served at Volcano Cooper Center at 19-4030 Wright Road every Thursday, by Friends Feeding Friends, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

On Call Emergency Food Pantry is open at Cooper Center Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is operated by The Food Basket. Call 808-933-6030.

The Next Learning Packet & Student Resource Distribution for Nāʻālehu Elementary School Students will be Monday, April 13. The packets are designed for learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and can be picked up every two weeks. One family member may pick up for several students in the same family. Students need not be present for the learning resources to be retrieved. Please note the grade of each child. Distribution times are organized by the first letter of the student's last name at the site closest to their home. Supplies will be given out simultaneously.
     Everyone is asked to observe social distancing rules, staying 6 feet away from others during pick-up. See the school website, naalehuel.hidoe.us, for more information and updates.
     Distribution in the Nāʻālehu area is at Nāʻālehu Elementary, Waiʻōhinu, and Discovery Harbour Community Center. Distribution in Ocean View is at the county's Kahuku Park, the area in front of Malama Market, and Ocean ViewCommunity Center.
     At Nāʻālehu Elementary, campus pick-up will be from 9 a.m - 9:20 a.m. for A-H; 9:20 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. for I-P, and 9:40 a.m. - 10 a.m. for Q-Z.
     The Waiʻōhinu pick-up: 8 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. for A-H, 8:20 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. for I-P, and 8:40 a.m. - 9 a.m. for Q-Z.
     The Discovery Harbour Community Center pick-up: 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. for A-H, 9:50 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. for I-P, and 10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. for Q-Z.
     Morning distribution at Kahuku Park8 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. for A-H, 8:20 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. for I-P, and 8:40 a.m. - 9 a.m. for Q-Z.
     Evening distribution at Kahuku Park5 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. for A-H, 5:20 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. for I-P, and 5:40 p.m. - 6 p.m. for Q-Z.
     Times for distribution in front of Malama Market are: 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. for A-H, 9:50 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. for I-P, and 10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. for Q-Z.
     Times for distribution at Ocean View Community Center are 5 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. for A-H, 5:20 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. for I-P, and 5:40 p.m. - 6 p.m. for Q-Z.

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

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.

Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium Closed for Renovation through June 30. The Park is closed until further notice due to COVID-19 spread mitigation. A popular seven-and-a-half minute 2018 eruption video will be shown on a television in the exhibits area, once the Park and center reopen, and is available online for free download.

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