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Genius Lounge, Honolulu, HI

Genius Lounge

4.6
4.6
427 Reviews
$31 to $50
Hawaiian
Come grab a cool Hawaiian beer, fresh seafood, unique Hawaiian-Japanese fusion food on the rooftop lanai, and enjoy an "Aloha" experience with our friendly staff!

Genius Lounge is established in 2009, is a full service bar restaurant serving Japanese inspired Hawaiian dishes. We were selected 2022 & 2023 OpenTable Diners' Choice Restaurant.

Our menus are created by Japanese experienced chef Taiga Sasahara, using Hawaiian ingredients throughout our dishes.

We have some famous Hawaiian items; Sushi, Fresh seafoods, Steaks, Salads, Pizzas, and Original homemade noodle dishes!!!

You can pair those items with our extensive drink menu such as Sakes, Wines, and a lot of original cocktails!

It is perfect a place to enjoy a low key night with friends or a romantic date in the heart of Waikiki.

We also accomodate private parties. We have a quaint private lanai space and 3 party courses for your private party. It is also a perfect place to enjoy your wedding party in the heart of Waikiki.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.
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Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Hawaiian, Seafood, Izakaya
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am
  • Phone number
    (808) 626-5362
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Daisuke Kano
  • Private party facilities
    It's a hidden gem in the heart of Waikiki. We're the perfect venue for your next special party at Genius Lounge. We can accommodate a variety of dinner parties for up to 70 guests. You and your guests will love our Japanese inspired Hawaiian fusion menu made with Special Aloha!
  • Private party contact
    Daisuke Kano: (808) 626-5362
  • Neighborhood
    Waikiki
  • Cross street
    Lewers St. and Kuhio Ave.
  • Parking details
    Municipal Parking at Ritz Carlton Tower. Behind of our building.Open 24 hours$1.50 per hour (Coin operated parking only)Time Limit 5 hours.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

Experiences

  • Steak & Seafood Lovers Special (Tax&Tip Included)

    $70.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Special prefix menu for Steak & Seafood Lovers! Ahi Poke, Baked Oyster, Green Salad, Surf & Turf (Original Garlic Shrimp & Rib Eye Steak), Hawaiian Dessert. 2 orders minimum. Poke and Green Salad are Sharing style. 1 big oyster, 1 dessert, and 1 full potion of Surf & Turf per person!! Super good deal!! Enjoy your dinner at Genius Lounge!
    Steak & Seafood Lovers Special (Tax&Tip Included) Photo

Offers

  • Everyday Happy Hour 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Aug 25, 2023 - Aug 25, 2024
    Sun - Thu - 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM,Fri - Sat - 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Everyday Happy Hour 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm. Kirin Draft Beer $4, Honolulu Beer Works Draft $6, House wines $6, House Sakes $8, Edamame $6, Curly Fries $7, Karaage $8, Green Salad $8, Garlic Shrimp $15, Loco Moco $15, Kalua Pork Nachos $10. Enjoy our happy hour for your night starting! Aloha

    Everyday Happy Hour 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Photo

What 427 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Hawaiian

427 Reviews
  1. Anonymous

    Hawaii

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    全ての料理が大変美味しく、まだまだ食べたいメニューがたくさんあるので、また行きたいと思います。今回の滞在中でNo.1のレストランでした。店員さんもとても感じが良かったです。おすすめです。

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was surprisingly good. I usually eat closer to Central Waikiki, but being a little bit off track, I was hesitant at first. Based on the reviews, I took a chance, and I’m glad I did. The service was outstanding, and the food was great. The prices were reasonable as well. I sat out on the terrace and enjoyed my evening very much.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall this restaurant has amazing customer service and very yummy food! They handled our party of 15 with ease. Will definitely come back!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    こじんまりしたお店だけどあまり騒がしくなく料理も日本人好みで美味しかった ハッピーアワーでお得に頂けた

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great date night to go out and try something new. Location is a little hard to find parking but overall the dining experience was great. The food was also amazing. That more than one pound ribeye was fantastic with the Hawaiian sauce. Appetizers was also really good. Loved the dessert as well. I recommend getting the fried kulolo with ube ice cream and macadamia sprinkles. Super good. Overall, you should come here and give it a try.

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  6. BreannaH

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall experience was good, nothing fantastic. Probably wouldn't make it a point to go back but the prices were reasonable. Decent for a small space

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    カルアポークのナチョス、ガーリックシュリンプ、ロコモコが特に美味しかったです。定員さんもとても親切でまた利用したいです。

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  8. Anonymous

    Hawaii

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Their food was so good and interesting. Extensive Hawaiian drinks. Friendly and attentive servers. Hidden gem. Must repeat.

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  9. Anonymous

    Hawaii

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super nice restaurant as always. Their food is the best in Waikiki. Nice rooftop patio and very attentive friendly servers. Highly recommend!!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    ハッピーアワーを利用しました。従業員の方はどの方もきめ細かな接待で気持ちよく食事が出来ました。日本語大丈夫なので安心して利用できます。次回も訪れたいと思います。

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  11. MatthewB

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lots of stairs to get in. However it was well worth it. The food and drinks were good.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    It was a really bad experience me and my other half was there for over a hour 10pm-11pm and we only got our salad and poke and we had a pre paid set items 70 dollars a person. We didn’t want to miss the firework show on New Year’s Eve so we asked to have the main course 2 go. Overall when we took the food home to eat it it was pretty good but service and time it took food to come out was pretty bad.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food as always! Poke is very fresh and delicious!

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  14. DeborahC

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It was difficult to find as it was upstairs. The table was booked 3 weeks in advance yet did not have a table for us and had to find one. We were there on time. The food was ok, though the sides were greasy. So many restaurants in Waikiki, they need to up their game a little!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    どのお料理もとても美味しかったです。サービスも雰囲気も良く、とても楽しい時間を過ごしました。ありがとうございました。

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  16. Ayumi

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love inside sofa seat here especially winter time. Cozy and feel drinking @ living room. Stuff is always friendly and nice. Also love draft IPA. I always order yuzu chicken and lomi salmon Caprese. If you have D point card (Japan).you also saving the point:D

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I really wanted to try this place but the food was very disappointing. Service was great but the mochicko chicken was dry and soggy, sushi rice in the roll was very dense, baked oyster did not taste like an oyster at all, cheddar cheese so powerful it overwhelmed the dish? Curly fries had a bunch of big clumps of potatoes so soggy and undercooked. Just a miss in my book.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was really good, interesting ingredients. The drinks were Ok. Order a Mai Tai, but the flavors were not distinct and it just had a fruity non descriptive taste. Interior felt like going into someone’s home, was cozy, cute decor & beautiful holiday tree. The lanai seating was spacious, but the decor looked misplaced… like we were at a Mexican restaurant. Overall, would visit again to try their ingredient combos.

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  19. JUNJIK

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    料理が美味しく、サービスも素晴らしかったです。また、ハッピーアワーの時間が90分に長くなったことも良かったです。

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  20. CraigB

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the hidden gems in Waikiki. Always a great experience when we dine here. Add this place to your itinerary when you visit Oahu.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good. I’d say prices were lower than elsewhere. 👍🏼

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant, inconspicuous location but best held secret! Fabulous!

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  23. Allie

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was delicious. With 9 of us, we sampled almost everything from Happy hour menu and it was all delicious. Dinner entrees were just as delicious . The service was attentive and friendly. We added this place to our list of “must visit “ when in Oahu.

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  24. Wantgoodfoodandservice

    Columbus

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Awesome spot for good food and ambience. Highly recommend

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  25. MauriceR

    Detroit

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants in Waikiki with reasonable prices and delicious food

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We easily made a reservation for an outdoor table. The staff was very friendly seating us promptly and recommended menu items. The drink menu and beer selection was extensive. Our food was delicious. The salad with the homemade onion dressing was so good I wish I could take some dressing to go. The seared tuna and noodle dish were also both a treat. The waitress and waiter could not have been any more friendly. We will be back.

    1 person found this helpful

  27. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stephen always takes great care of us. Food is always on point. This place is amazing for any event. If you haven't tried this place it is a must. Every dish is so delicious took new family members here and it was a hit. Love love love this place.

    1 person found this helpful

  28. Anonymous

    Hawaii

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was so good. No.1 restaurant in Waikiki as always. Mahalo

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food and attentive staff. Great happy hour especially my Pina Colada.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Customer service was great. Every item we had was delicious. The servers were very knowledgeable and friendly.

    1 person found this helpful

  31. ginab

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate here while on vacation in Honolulu - it was an absolute delight from start finish. Everything was top notch, including the service.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Genius lounge is a hidden gem. This restaurant has an extensive drink menu that will definitely fit anyone’s choice of drink. The food is authentic, unique, and fun. The atmosphere is cozy and warm. If you’re looking for a fun time then I would head over to this marvelous place and grab a drink and have some food!

    1 person found this helpful

  33. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely love this place. The service is great; staff are friendly. The prices are good; the food is outstanding- Japanese Hawaiian fusion with generous servings. The restaurant has a great vibe. Outdoor available on both front and back veranda’s- really relaxing atmosphere. Highly recommended! Thanks Stephen and staff- we shall return!!

    1 person found this helpful

  34. comugi

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    ウェディング後の簡単なレセプションとして利用しました。日本語OKなのも助かりましたし、スタッフ全員が素晴らしい接客で心地よかったです。ご飯も美味しく、食べきれない分は持ち帰りもさせていただきました。

    1 person found this helpful

  35. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely love this place!! My dad comes here anytime he is in Honolulu and recommends it to all his friends. The yuzu chicken is absolutely to die for and the carbonara noodles are unique and delicious! It is hard to go wrong with anything on the menu and the service is lovely

    1 person found this helpful

  36. RobertL

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything was really good, but it was so hot inside, my shirt was drenched in sweat. I bought the Steak and Seafood special online, but the waitress didn't realize that and even when I told her what we wanted, she assumed we wanted something else. All in all it was an excellent meal.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    はじめて予約して行ってみました。 日本語メニューもあり、スタッフの方も多少日本語を話せる方でした。 ただ、メイン料理が出てくるのが遅くて、ちゃんと頼めたのか不安になりました。 サービスはとてもよかったです。

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  38. Thaddeus

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful restaurant with friendly staff. If you want to eat at a restaurant that's different than the usual tourist places, Genius Lounge is the place.

    1 person found this helpful

  39. Anonymous

    Hawaii

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and interesting menus. Friendly service. Nice outdoor lanai table. The best experience in Waikiki. Highly recommend.

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  40. DebraL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We consider Genius Lounge quite a find! The service was great, the food was delicious and the menu varied and interesting. The rooftop dining was covered in case of rain and quiet. We'd definitely recommend it.

    1 person found this helpful

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Genius Lounge is rated 4.6 stars by 427 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Genius Lounge

346 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Lewers St. and Kuhio Ave.
  • Neighborhood
    Waikiki
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Hawaiian, Seafood, Izakaya
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Municipal Parking at Ritz Carlton Tower. Behind of our building.Open 24 hours$1.50 per hour (Coin operated parking only)Time Limit 5 hours.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Daisuke Kano
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine
  • Phone number
    (808) 626-5362
  • Private party facilities
    It's a hidden gem in the heart of Waikiki. We're the perfect venue for your next special party at Genius Lounge. We can accommodate a variety of dinner parties for up to 70 guests. You and your guests will love our Japanese inspired Hawaiian fusion menu made with Special Aloha!
  • Private party contact
    Daisuke Kano: (808) 626-5362
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