Archive for November 3rd, 2010

Howard David Altman

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Oct. 30, 2010
Howard David Altman, 58, of Kailua, a wholesale business owner, died in Castle Medical Center. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is survived by wife Cynthia, son Justin, daughters Ariana and Brianna, and sister Cheryl. Services held.

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Ioane Kealii Helemauna Nihipali Amina

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Oct. 14, 2010
Ioane Kealii Helemauna Nihipali Amina, 28, of Waikoloa, Hawaii, a Millennium Security Services security guard, died in North Hawaii Community Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by daughters Loea Amina and Naheana Lindsey; companion Kahele Faelyn Loo; mother Alice M.H.; father Edward Spencer; brothers Edward, Mark, Johnathan and Nelly Spencer, Johnathan Kanui, John Amina IV, Herman and Haena Kalani, Kaipo Amina-Kalani, Kekoa Batalona, and Victor, Whiston and Likeke Kawaa; sisters Amanda Spencer, Rina Kawaa, Bernice Joshua, Kauilani, Kuulei and Alice Kalani, Elizabeth Roper, Uilani Batalona, and Jubilee, Milly and Kuuipo Amina; and hanai mothers Stephanie Amina, Dorene Ako and Loraine Ishii. Visitation: 5 p.m. Monday at Nanaikapono Protestant Church. Services: 6:30 p.m.

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JAMES NELSON BEHSE

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JAMES NELSON BEHSE

Hawaii looses Printing Industry Pioneer. James Nelson Behse passed away on October 23, 2010 after suffering several years with Dementia- Alzheimer’s.

Jim was born on May 29, 1929 in Saginaw, Michigan to James Breslin Behse and Ruth C. Nelson. Jim spent most of his early years in Miami Beach, and Daytona Beach, Florida living with his beloved Grandmother Bertha King Behse. In Florida as a young adult Jim was known as “Big Jim the Printing Man”

James was honorably discharged from the Army in 1953 after serving in Korea. He received the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars and the United Nations Service Medal.

Jim came to the islands in 1958 after receiving his Printing Engineering Degree from California Polytechnic University at San Louis Obispo, California. After graduation Jim married Ethel Henry and they traveled with her young son Rod to live in Hawaii.

Jim found employment with the Mercantile Printing Co and immediately brought new printing techniques and equipment to the Islands that saved sending complicated color printing to the mainland. Jim moved on to the Tong Publishing Co where he was the Marketing Director. Jim’s photo skills allowed him produce many of the original photos for Oahu and neighboring island hotels. This allowed them to upgrade their marketing programs. For years tourists through out the Islands read menus produced by Jim Behse. Jim was well known to many of Hawaii’s pioneers and could call Don the Beach Comer a true friend.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years Ethel Henry Behse. Jim is survived by his brother Dean P. Behse and his wife Carolyn Behse; Jims Stepson Roy Rodrick Henry (Rod); Jim’s granddaughters Jennifer Henry and Stefanie Henry; his great granddaughter Sophia and great grandson Kaala. Jim also leaves behind several nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grand nephews.

At the request of Jim no Memorial Services will take place. Jim requested that any donations in his name should be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association in Honolulu. In stead of flowers please send donations to your favorite charity.

Carol Aiko DeCanto

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Oct. 21, 2010
Carol Aiko DeCanto, 71, of Honolulu, an office clerk, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Robert H., son Kevin R.R., brother Dean Higuchi and two grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 a.m. Monday at Church of the Crossroads. Services: 6 p.m. Dinner to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

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MARIA MENOR FELIPE

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Mililani Downtown Mortuary (20 S. Kukui St.)

MARIA MENOR FELIPE

Age 93, of Kailua, passed away October 10, 2010 at her residence. Born November 21, 1916 in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

She is survived by son, Virgilio (Evelyn) Felipe; sister, Caring Pahinag; brothers, Fernando Menor, Mariano Menor, Adriano Menor; two grandchildren.

Visitation 6-9 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 7) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, Service 7:00 p.m. Visitation also 9:30 a.m. Monday (Nov. 8) at the Mortuary, Service 12:30 p.m. Burial 1:30 p.m. at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.

Arlene Fusae Fujii

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Oct. 18, 2010
Arlene Fusae Fujii, 80, of Lihue, a retired Albatross Trading Co. secretary and treasurer, died in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. She was born in Lihue. She is survived by sisters Yoshie Fujimura and Sue Fujii. Private services.

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Bernice Leilani Goff

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Sept. 30, 2010
Bernice Leilani Goff, 51, of Las Vegas died. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Richard, son Richard Jr., daughter Kristina, father Vincent Mancini, brothers Chris and Alika Mancini, sister Joyce Fooy and three grandchildren. Celebration of life: 10 a.m. Saturday at Pokai Bay, Waianae. Aloha or casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Haruko Honda

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Oct. 26, 2010
Haruko Honda, 102, of Kailua-Kona, a retired Hilo Medical Center nursing supervisor, died in Life Care Center of Kona. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by sons Richard and Ray, daughter Milicent Hashimoto, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Lawrence “Tamo” L.T. Suganuma Jr.

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Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary, LLC

LAWRENCE LANI TAMOTSU SUGANUMA JR.

Age 62. He was born in Papakolea and died at home under Hospice care with his family on October 13, 2010 after losing his fight with cancer.

He was a retired City and County HFD Captain of 32 years and a 29 year member of the Waikiki 616 Elk’s Club. He graduated from Kamehameha Schools in 1966 and went on to play football for the University of Wyoming Cowboys in Laramie. In 1967, he played in the College Division I Sugar Bowl game. He was a talented receiver with terrific hands and was a big quick elusive runner. His love for football lead to coaching on several high school teams in Hawaii. He went to boot camp at Fort Ord, Advanced Infantry at Fort Polk and served 7 yrs. in the Hawaii National Guard as a Sergeant. His greatest accomplishment was when his daughters graduated from college.

Survived by wife, Jacqueline Suganuma; daughters, Kimberly Suganuma, Melissa Suganuma; mother, Bernadette Suganuma; sisters, Bernadette “Dutchie” Glascox, Renee “Randy” Finch, Stephanie Suganuma; brother, Michael Suganuma.

Visitation 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday November 7, 2010 at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary; Memorial service 12 noon. No flowers. Aloha attire.

Thelma Kimiko Kamidoi

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Oct. 29, 2010
Thelma Kimiko Kamidoi, 93, of Wailuku, a seamstress, died in Hale Makua, Wailuku. She was born in Wailuku. She is survived by husband Junichi; sons Edwin, Daniel, Dwight and Burton; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Lester Gee Ning Lee

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Oct. 22, 2010
Lester Gee Ning Lee, 56, of Honolulu, a property manager, died. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Winnie S.Y., son Beldon K.J., daughter Kelsey W.K. and brother David C.K. Visitation: 1:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Alban’s Chapel, ‘Iolani School. Services: 2:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Sylvia Sanae Nagata

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Oct. 16, 2010
Sylvia Sanae Nagata, 57, of Hilo died at home. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by brother Carl and sister Sandra. Private services. No flowers. No monetary offerings.

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KIKU NAKASHIMA

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Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary Mauka Chapel

KIKU NAKASHIMA

Age 93, of Mililani, Hawaii, passed away October 3, 2010 in Ewa Beach. Born April 14, 1917 in Waipunalei, Big Island. A retired owner of Shayanne Restaurant on Maui.

She is survived by son, Ian Riu (Shayanne) Nakashima; daughters, Iris Aimi (Shozo) Fukunaga, Winifred Shizuka (Phillip) Bolduc of Montana; 9 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Carol (Larry) Nishimoto; numerous nieces & nephews.

Visitation 5:30 p.m. Saturday (November 6) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 6:30 p.m. Casual Attire.

Kiku Nakashima

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Oct. 3, 2010
Kiku Nakashima, 93, of Mililani, a retired owner of Shayanne Restaurant on Maui, died in Ewa Beach. She was born in Waipunalei, Hawaii. She is survived by son Ian R., daughters Iris A. Fukunaga and Winifred S. Bolduc, sister Carol Nishimoto, nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Casual attire.

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Tyrell Ioane Niko

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Oct. 1, 2010
Tyrell Ioane Niko, 1, of Waianae died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by parents John L. and Nina M.K.; brothers Xzavier T.K. and Sene K.; grandparents Tanumaelu and Teuila Koria, and Lotonu’umoni and Elisapeta Niko; great-grandparents Volunteer and Meleane Fetu, Lemoelefili Koria and Faamalua Apelu; and great-great-grandmother Lagimaina M. Posini. Visitation: 9 a.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual or aloha attire. Flowers welcome.

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Sumiye Kimura Okada

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Sept. 22, 2010
Sumiye Kimura Okada, 94, of Kahului, a retired teacher at Paia School and Wailuku Elementary School, died in Arcadia Retirement Residence. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons David T., Jon P. and Peter F.; daughter Stephanie O. Panter; sister Take K. Sugimoto; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services: 3 p.m. today at Arcadia Retirement Residence Chapel. Additional services: 4 p.m. tomorrow at Kahului Union Church. Private inurnment. Aloha attire. No flowers. No monetary offerings.

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KIMBERLY K. PAZ

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Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary, Makai Chapel

KIMBERLY K. PAZ

Age 66 Wahiawa, Hawaii, passed away October 17, 2010 in Wahiawa. Born November 6, 1943 in Toyama, Japan. Kimberly was a co-proprietor of Central Auto Repair in Wahiawa.

She is survived by husband, Daniel Paz; sons, Jason K. Paz, Justin L. (Harmony) Paz; brother, Sang Yul Kim; sisters, Kum Hee Kim, Hee Cha Kim, Kyong Hee Kim, Yong Hui Berube, Chong Hui Hudson; 2 grandchildren; numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, & cousins.

Visitation 6-9 p.m. Sunday (November 7) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 10 a.m. Monday (November 8) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Funeral Service 12 noon. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

Norman Rian

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NORMAN RIAN, UH Music Professor

Norman Rian’s influence in the musical life of Hawaii was extensive. His legacy continues through his students, many of whom followed his lead and became music educators, or simply maintained a lifelong love of music and strong connections to the other students they sang or played with under his baton. He died quietly at home in Honolulu on October 25, 2010. He was 96.

Norman was born in Felch, Michigan on April 18, 1914. His love of music showed early: in high school he played clarinet and was the drum major of the marching band. One summer he played a concert under John Philip Souza and was given the clarinet solo in “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” He was so excited that he played it an octave higher, but it must have been okay for Souza winked at him. He graduated in 1935 from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where he majored in music under the direction of F. Melius Christiansen. In his early career in North Dakota and Montana, he taught music and history. He earned a Master of Arts in Music Education degree in 1939 from the Eastman School of Music. That same summer he married Esther Tufte, the love of his life, whom he met standing in line to pay bills at St. Olaf.

In Tonawanda, NY, Norman was director of music for the school system. In 1943 the family moved to Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, where he directed the glee club, taught music theory, music appreciation, band, and orchestra. His students were military recruits.

In 1946, he came to the University of Hawaii to establish and teach in the music department. He was department chair for many years, founded the Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers, and reorganized and directed the band. He also founded and directed the UH Music Camp. Under his direction the 75-voice Concert Choir made an acclaimed concert tour to Japan in 1958. Norman received his Doctor of Music Education degree from Columbia University in 1960. His thesis proposed using Native Hawaiian music in Hawaii’s public schools. In 1964 his Chamber Singers, as “The Hawaiianaires,” made a USO tour in Southeast Asia.

His musical activities were not limited to the university setting. He was involved with the Gleemen of Honolulu and the Honolulu Junior Symphony. Back on campus, he directed numerous musicals and operas.

Norman was the choir director and organist at Honolulu Lutheran Church and Calvary Lutheran Church, and choir director at the Community Church of Honolulu.

In 1968, Norman left the Manoa campus to join the faculty of the new Leeward Community College as chairman of the Humanities and Arts Division, where he continued to teach music. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1979.

His community involvement in-cluded the Honolulu Symphony Society, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Hawaii Music Educators Association, the Department of Education, the Hawaii Music Educa-tors Festival, and the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest.

Next to music, Norman loved sailing. He sailed every chance he got and won many trophies which are cherished by his family today.

His family consists of his wife of 71 years, Esther; brother, Gerald; four daughters: Linnea Peterson, Penny (Sylvia) Robicheau, Heidi Rian, and Dikka Rian; eight grandchildren, five great-grandsons, a brother- and sisters-in-law, cousins, and many nieces and nephews. We have given him into God’s continuing, loving care & feel that he is at rest.

A memorial service will be held at the Community Church of Honolulu (2345 Nuuanu Ave.) on Thursday, November 4, at 1:00 p.m. No flowers please; aloha attire.

Gorgonia Rautos Ribucan

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Oct. 29, 2010
Gorgonia Rautos Ribucan, 100, of Kahului, a retired Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. field worker, died in Hale Makua, Kahului. She was born in San Vicente, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She is survived by sons Alfred E. Sr., Ernesto P. and Paul; daughters Ciriaca Lazo and Leonora Mamuzich; 31 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Friday at Borthwick Norman’s Mortuary. Services: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Maui Memorial Park, Garden of Meditation.

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Apolinario Sagucio

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Oct. 23, 2010
Apolinario Sagucio, 69, of Eleele, Kauai, a sugar plantation crane operator, died in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Juanita; sons Robert and Apolinario Jr.; daughters Cheryl Coyaso and Maribel and Donna Sagucio; brother Peter; sisters Inocencia Villasista, Sylvia Salumbides and Connie Sagucio; and seven grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Eleele Sacred Hearts Church. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Hanapepe Public Cemetery.

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Herbert Shotaro Sato

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Oct. 11, 2010
Herbert Shotaro “Taro” Sato, 81, of Honolulu, a Nuuanu Craigside building maintenance employee, died in Maunalani Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by daughter Florence Galarse, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private services.

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Shina Shiraki

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Shina Shiraki, 100, of Wailua Houselots, Kauai, a homemaker, baby sitter and seamstress, died at home. She was born in Eleele, Kauai. She is survived by son Tatsuo, daughter Evelyn Nagamine, brother Mitsuo Kobayashi, sisters Tsuyako Hamasaki and Sadako Ikeda, and four grandchildren. Private services. No flowers. No monetary offerings. Donations suggested to Kauai Hospice.

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Israel Kamakana O’Kalani Sombelon-McEwen

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Oct. 30, 2010
Israel Kamakana O’Kalani Sombelon-McEwen, infant son of Brian “Kalama” McEwen and Rochelle “Shelley” Sombelon-McEwen of Lahaina, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Wailuku. He is also survived by brother Josiah “Siah Man”; sister Ka’ohe; grandparents Larry and Kamaile Sombelon, and Leo and Leimomi Santana; and great-grandparents Irene H. and Geri Kalawaia. Visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Services: 11:30 a.m. Reception to follow services. Burial: 2:30 p.m. at Valley Isle Memorial Park.

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Herbert Joseph Vierra Sr.

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Oct. 28, 2010
Herbert Joseph Vierra Sr., 81, of Paia, Maui, a retired Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. truck driver, died in Hale Makua, Kahului. He was born in Paia. He is survived by wife Nora; sons Manuel, Herbert Jr., Vernon, Christopher, Joseph and Walter; brother Allen; sister Rosie Babaya; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at Holy Rosary Church, Paia. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Maui Memorial Park, Wailuku.

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Hatsuyo Uyematsu

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Oct. 30, 2010
Hatsuyo “Patsy” Uyematsu, 95, of Wailua Houselots, Kauai, a homemaker, died in Hale Kupuna Heritage Home. She was born in Kealia, Kauai. She is survived by son David, daughter Joan Lee and three grandchildren. Private celebration of life.

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Fouvale Lualua Vaivai

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Oct. 24, 2010
Fouvale Lualua Vaivai, 91, of Honolulu, a public worker in American Samoa, died in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Fusi Safata, Western Samoa. He is survived by sons Tinofa’atasi, Petelo, Paulo and Mulipa Lualua; daughters Anamalia Soke, Christina Vaivai-Soderberg, Noela Brodey, Lasamoa Roach and Daleen Fujita; 33 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Aiea. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park.

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Gloria Mary Whiteley

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Oct. 25, 2010
Gloria Mary Whiteley, 84, of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii, a retired federal government secretary, died in Life Care Center of Hilo. She was born in San Francisco. She is survived by daughter Marie Louise Whiteley Bygorre, hanai sons Jean P. and Pascal Kong, and hanai daughter Irma Kong. Visitation: 8 a.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Services: 10 a.m. Cremation to follow at Dodo Mortuary Crematory. Urn committal services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire.

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Shomei Yamauchi

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Sept. 25, 2010
Shomei Yamauchi, 93, of Honolulu, a retired owner of S. Yamauchi Produce Inc., died in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Kekaha, Kauai. He is survived by sons Alvin, Ronald, David and John; daughter Hatsue Momohara; and 11 grandchildren. Private services. No monetary offerings.

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