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Hawaii Travel: Most Popular Articles

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6 Questions To Ask Yourself When Planning a...
Tips on the best time to go to Hawaii to get the best weather, save some money and still have lots to see and do.
Best things to do on the island of Oahu
We've chosen our top things to do on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
Loved Lava Flows in Hawaii? Make the Colorful...
There are numerous variations for making a Lava Flow. This biggest difference is that some recipes use 1 oz. of light rum and 1 oz. of Malibu® coconut rum.
Fun things to do on Kauai, Hawaii
There is so much to see and do on Kauai. We've chosen our top things to do on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.
Top Things You Have to Do When You Visit Maui,...
Our choices for the best things to do in Maui to help you plan your next Maui vacation.
Which Hawaiian Island Should You Visit?
Take our 23 question survey to help you decide which of the Hawaii Islands has the most to offer you for your next vacation.
10 Clothing-Optional Hawaiian Beaches
A guide to Hawaii nude beaches with photos and directions to the beaches.
101 Free Things That You Can Do on Oahu
A guide to 101 things to do on the island of Oahu for free or for $10 or under per person.
The Ultimate Luau Menu
Recipes for the Hawaiian food that is served at luaus in Hawaii.
How to Make the Perfect Blue Hawaii Cocktail in...
A recipe for the original Blue Hawaii Cocktail as invented by Harry Yee at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
What You Must Know before Visiting Pearl Harbor...
Tips for visiting Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, Hawaii's most popular visitor attraction.
How to Make Mai Tais Like the Royal Hawaiian...
This original Mai Tai recipe is from the Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki.
Find "Lost" Filming Locations on Your Trip to...
Join me as we search Oahu, Hawaii for the filming locations for ABC's Emmy Award winning best drama series Lost.
Clickable Map of Maui, Hawaii
Click on any location name on this map to get more information to help you plan your vacation on Maui, Hawaii
Top 8 Hawaiian Aloha Shirts
Our choice for the best manufacturers of Hawaiian Aloha shirts as selected by John Fischer, your About Guide to Hawaii.
50 Things You Didn't Know About Hawaii
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Hawaii Statehood. See how many of these 50 things you might now know about Hawaii.
Hawaii's Stunning Big Island Must-See Attractions
There are so many things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii that you'll never be able to do them all in just one visit.
Clickable Map of the Hawaiian Islands
Click on any underlined island or location name on this map to get more information to help you plan your vacation in Hawaii
Off-the-Beaten-Path Oahu: Secret Beaches and...
A guide to some of the best scenic drives and secret beaches on Oahu.
Which Airline Should I Take To Hawaii?
A comprehensive guide to the airlines with flights to Hawaii from various locations on the U.S. mainland and abroad.
Your Hawaii Luau Guide: Which Are the Best?
Here are twelve of my favorite luaus in Hawaii with three included from each main island.
Best Oahu Family Activities
15 great activities for families on the island of Oahu, Hawaii
Why Hawaii's Weather Can Make It Feel Like...
We look at the weather in Hawaii throughout the year on the different islands.
Best Places to Shop on Oahu, Hawaii
A guide to the best places to shop on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
10 Things You Shouldn't Do in Hawaii
Our tips for things to avoid when you visiting Hawaii to ensure that you have a safe and better vacation.
12 Free Things to Do in Waikiki
A Guide to Free Things to Do in Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
A Visitor's Guide to Tipping in Hawaii
A guide to tipping in Hawaii - how much to tip and whom to tip from arrival at the airport, at your hotel and restaurants, and on guided tours in the Hawaiian islands.
The Best Affordable Restaurants in West Maui,...
A list of affordable places to eat in West Maui, including Cheeseburger in Paradise, Fish Market Maui, Honokowai Okazuka and Deli and much more.
What are the 12 Best Beaches on Maui?
Our picks for some of the best beaches on the island of Maui, Hawaii
Aloha - Definition, Meaning and Use of the...
Aloha is a word in the Hawaiian language that has numerous meanings both as a single word and when used in context with other words.
Pretend You're in Hawaii with This Pina Colada...
One of Hawaii's most popular drinks, this delicious blend of pineapple juice, rum and coconut cream is originally from Puerto Rico.
Tips for Choosing the Best Waikiki Hotel or...
Choosing which of Waikiki hotels to stay at is a big decision. How much you spend for your resort or hotel will determine how much of your vacation budget is left for other activities. Luckily, in with so many Waikiki hotels you have many choices ranging from world-class resorts to quite acceptable budget hotels.
Make Chicken Long Rice Like They Do in Hawaii
This staple of a Hawaiian luau, Chicken Long Rice, actually originated in China.
Packing for Hawaii: Tips and Tricks for the...
Packing for Hawaii vacations requires a good plan of what to take with you and what can best be bought or rented once you arrive.
Learn to Make Kalua Pig Like They Do in Hawaii
Make Hawaiian kalua pig at home from pork butt purchased at your local supermarket.
The Ultimate Hawaii Packing Guide
How to pack for a trip to Hawaii.
Hawaiian Travel: Check Out all the Fun Stuff...
My picks for some of the top things to do for free, or almost free, on the island of Maui, Hawaii.
Cook Huli Huli Chicken Like They Do in Hawaii
Hawaii's own version of barbecued chicken is cooked with Huli-Huli Sauce, made with pure Hawaiian brown sugar cane, soy sauce, fresh ginger and more.
Hawaiian seafood, Hawaiian food glossary, ahi,...
A guide to the seafood found in the islands of Hawaii
Kauai Helicopter Tours
A helicopter tour is the best way to see the island of Kauai. Since over 70% of the island is inaccessible by land, you'll see areas that can only be seen from the air.
How to Save Money on Your Hawaiian Vacation
Here are some tips to help you save money for your Hawaii vacation.
Haupia - Hawaiian Coconut Pudding
This coconut pudding, haupia, is a staple desert at every Hawaiian luau.
What You Should Know Before Visiting Hawaii
Before you leave for Hawaii there are lots of things you should know, including time differences, pets, money, and when to visit.
Tahiti vs. Fiji - Which is Right For You?
Both Fiji and Tahiti are exotic South Pacific nations ideal for a romantic getaway, wedding or honeymoon. There are top reasons for visiting Fiji and great reasons for traveling to Tahiti, so which is right for you? Here are tips and strategies that can help you decide.
Choosing Your Inter-Island Airline in Hawaii
A guide to Hawaiian inter-island airlines and tips for choosing which is best for you.
How to Fly to Hawaii Non-Stop, and Find...
Allegiant Air offers non-stop flights to Hawaii from a number of cities in the western USA.
Why You Don't Have to Worry about "Jaws" in...
What are the facts behind shark attacks in Hawaii, and what can you do to reduce the risk of being attacked? Hawaii facts are much better than rumor.
Free (Or Almost Free) Ways to Enjoy Oahu, Hawaii
A trip to Oahu can be expensive, but there are many free or almost free (less than $20 per person) things to do.
Things To Do For Free On Hawaii's Big Island
A guide to some of the best things to do for free on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Costco Locations in Hawaii
Tips and directions to the nearest Costco Wholesale Warehouse in Hawaii.
Speak Tahitian — Common Tahitian Words...
A dictionary or glossary for the most common and useful words and phrases in the Tahitian language. Key words and phrases for travelers are listed in this Tahitian glossary.
Kahului - What to See and Do and Where to Shop...
A brief look at the history of Kahului Maui and what Kahului has to offer today for shopping, culture, and activities.
Honokohau Harbor Beach, Big Island of Hawaii
Photo of Honokohau Harbor Beach, Big Island of Hawaii
Tips for Driving Hawaii's Mount Tantalus and...
The views of Diamond Head, Waikiki, downtown Honolulu and Punchbowl Crater are unlike any other when seen from Mount Tantalus and Round Top Drive.
All About the Island of Bora Bora
A guide to the island of Bora Bora with information on its size and population, airport, transportation, cities, geography, retail hours and more.
Hawaii Travel: The Best Hotels and Resorts on...
Our picks for some of the best places to stay on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
Visiting the South Pacific? Learn Some Key...
While almost everyone in Fiji, one of the major island groups in the South Pacific, speaks English, which is the country's official language, knowing a few key phrases in Fijian is not only polite but will endear you to the already warm and welcoming Fijian people. One word you will hear constantly is the infectious Bula! which means hello or welcome.
Walmart in Hawaii
Help in finding a local Walmart in Hawaii and what types of things you can find at a Walmart in Hawaii.
Can You Bring Pets to Hawaii?
Traveling with your pet to Hawaii may seem like a fun idea, but chances are you have no idea of what you're getting into. If you're talking about a cat or dog, it's possible, but not easy. If you're talking about some other type of animal, stop right here. You can't.
Try These Top Maui Hotels and Resorts for the...
There are so many Maui hotels and resorts to choose from. Here are our picks for some of the best places to stay on Maui.
Paradise Found! It's in Oahu (And Here Are 15...
There is always something fun to do on Oahu, from extreme sports to simply lounging around in a cabana by the pool at a fancy resort. Here are 15 'must do' activities to give you a memorable vacation.
Things To Do For Free on Kauai
Called Hawaii's Island of Discovery and the Garden Island, Kauai's landscape is an exciting playground for lovers of the environment.
Clickable Map of Oahu, Hawaii - Map of Oahu
Click on any black name on this map to get more information and help you plan your vacation on Oahu, Hawaii
Where Are the Best Markets (Flea and Farmers)...
Held every Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. is the Maui Swap Meet. The Maui Swap meet is now held at the University of Hawaii Maui College (formerly known as the Maui Community College) just off of Ka'ahumanu Ave in Kahului. Admission is still just 50 cents.
Meet the People Who Live in Hawaii
Who are the people of Hawaii? Learn about the many ethnic groups that make Hawaii their home.
A 3-Step Guide to Picking the Perfect Hawaiian...
A guide to choosing the perfect wedding location in Hawaii on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, the Big Island and Lana'i. Options for where to get married on Hawaii range from beachfront resorts to private villas and from secluded beaches to dramatic waterfalls.
Island Scorecard
scorecard for use in which island suits you best: deep sea fishing world class resorts vacation condominiums money budget budget travel
Hawaiian Travel: What to See on Your First Trip...
We've chosen our favorite activities and day trips for a first time visitor to the island of Kauai, Hawaii.
Maui Zipline Tours
On Maui three companies offer zip line tours. The first Maui zip line or Maui zipline company was Skyline Eco-Adventures. This was followed several years later by Kapalua Adventures. The most recent entry in the Maui zip line business is the Piiholo Ranch Zipline.
Choosing Your Waikiki Hotel or Resort
Choosing which of Waikiki hotels to stay at is a big decision. How much you spend for your resort or hotel will determine how much of your vacation budget is left for other activities. Luckily, in with so many Waikiki hotels you have many choices ranging from world-class resorts to quite acceptable budget hotels. Page 2.
Free in Hawaii
A guide to things to do for free, or almost free, when you visit Hawaii.
Maui Nightlife
When the sun goes down on Maui, the beat picks up, and the island’s rhythms turn to dining, dance and music.
15 Things You Should Know When Planning a Trip...
Helpful information about getting to Tahiti, getting around Tahiti, which islands to visit, the weather, the language and the currency.
All About "Bula!" - Fiji's Unforgettable Greeting
When you land in Fiji and are first welcomed with the greeting 'Bula!' (pronounced boo-lah!), you will certainly feel you have arrived somewhere special. The Fijian people are exceedingly warm and friendly and they love to express their love of life and their genuine hospitality with infectious, enthusiastic and ubiquitous Bulas!
10 Tips to Seeing Tahiti on a Budget
While true budget travel to Tahiti is practically impossible, there are ways to save during a visit to Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora, which rank as some of the most expensive islands in world. These budget tips can help travelers cut costs when visiting the French Polynesian islands of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora.
21 Interesting Facts about Tahiti and Her Islands
Tahiti and Her Islands are unlike any set of islands in the world. Here are 21 interesting facts about Tahiti and Her Islands.
How to Spend Three Weeks in Hawaii on Two...
How to go to Hawaii for three weeks on two weeks worth of money.
Experience the Magic of Sunrise at Haleakala
This guide to visiting Haleakala on Maui for sunrise gives background on the sacred mountain as well as tips for making the most of your pre-dawn visit.
Planning for Those Additional Taxes and Fees...
Information about Hawaii's General Excise Tax, Transient Accommodations Tax and Car Rental Surcharges and Fees
Your Quick Guide to the Island of Maui
An overview of the island of Maui, Hawaii which is continually chosen as one of the top islands and vacation destination in the world.
Oahu's North Shore
A Driving Tour of the North Shore of Oahu, from La'ie to Ka'ena Point
What to Eat on Your Trip to Tahiti
A glossary of the top foods eaten in Tahiti, from poisson cru to coconut bread. The flavors of the South Pacific are abundant and nature-based, meaning that eating in Tahiti is a delight.
Hawaiian Wedding Attire
A list of do's and don'ts for Hawaii wedding attire, from the best fabrics for a wedding dress to suggestions for the groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen and guests. If you are getting married in Hawaii, here are suggestions for the most appropriate and comfortable wedding attire.
Lilo & Stitch and the Spirit of Hawaii
The message of the film and the meaning of ohana. Page 2.
Clickable Map of Kauai, Hawaii - Map of Kauai
Click on any location name on this map to get more information to help you plan your vacation to Kauai
Take a Drive Along West Maui's Rugged North Shore
Join us as we travel west Maui's rugged North Shore from Kapalua to Wailuku by the Honoapi'ilani and Kahekili Highways
Off the Beaten Path on Oahu
A guide to some of the best local eats and hole-in-the-wall restaurants on Oahu
Lomi Lomi Salmon
Lomi means massage in Hawaiian and you'll see how that name applies to this recipe for Lomi Lomi Salmon.
Your Handy Introduction to Oahu, Hawaii's...
A profile of the island of Oahu, Hawaii which hosts more visitors annually than all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined.
Clickable Map of the Big Island of Hawaii,...
Click on any black name on this map to get more information and help you plan your vacation on the Big Island of Hawaii, one of our clickable Hawaii maps.
Facts About Hawaii's Sharks
A guide to the many species of sharks that are found in the waters of Hawaii.
Clickable Map of the Road to Hana on the island...
Click on any black name on this map to get more information and help you plan your trip along the Road to Hana on the island of Maui
Before You Visit Pearl Harbor
Tips on visiting the USS Arizona Memorial and the other Pearl Harbor Historic Sites.
Kauai - Hawaii's Island of Discovery
An overview of the island of Kauai, the Garden Isle, now also known as Hawaii's Island of Discovery.
How to Apply for a Marriage License in Hawaii
Details on how to apply for a marriage license in the state of Hawaii. The process of applying to be legally wed in Hawaii is done in person in Hawaii and the license is issued that same day.
Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato Recipe -...
A Recipe for Hawaiian purple sweet potato also known as Okinawan potatoes served at the Polynesian Cultural Center Ali'i Luau.
Road to Hana Photos
Over 100 photos taken along the Road to Hana, from the town of Paia, past Hookipa Beach Park, to the town of Hana and beyond to Oheo Gulch and the 7 pools, Kipahulu and along the backside of Haleakala to Upcountry Maui.
Planning a Trip to Fiji
If you are planning a trip to Fiji, comprised of 333 islands in the middle of the South Pacific, here's everything you need to know to get there, get around and find a hotel or resort. The South Pacific nation of Fiji is ideal for both a romantic or adventure getaway and is equally popular with honeymooners and scuba drivers.
Most Romantic Places on Kauai
One of the best spots to snorkel on Kauai is Tunnels Beach–both for the clear fish-filled lagoon water of the lagoon and the splendid views of the island's signature peak, Mount Makana (aka Bali Hai), you'll enjoy when you surface. It's easiest to enter from the wide sand beach and snorkel the inner reef, but do keep an eye on the surf. Page 3.
Paia, Maui's Historical Plantation Town
Photo of Paia, Maui's Historical Plantation Town, first stop on the Road to Hana and last place to buy gas before Hana Town.
"Hawaii Five-0" Star Jack Lord Sure Loved Hawaii
Jack Lord's career is best known for his role in Hawaii Five-0 but there is much more to learn about the man and his relationship with Hawaii.
Quick Fried Rice
A standard of Chinese cuisine, fried rice can be made with meat or seafood and a wide assortment of vegetables.
The Top 10 Movies and TV Shows Shot in the...
Our picks for the top movies and television shows that were filmed in the South Pacific islands, including Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Taha'a, Fiji and more.
Interesting Facts About Fiji
If you are looking for facts about Fiji, here are some fun and informative tidbits. Fiji is not only an inviting and beautiful vacation destination, but its 333 islands are home to scenic wonders, both natural and man-made, and are the cradle of ancient myths and legends as well as modern political sagas. Here are a few of the more memorable facts about Fiji:
Top Paid Attractions and Tours on Oahu
Our picks for the top paid attractions and tours on the island of Oahu, Hawaii
A Quick Little Intro to Hawaii's Big Island
An overview of Hawaii's Big Island, the largest of the Hawaiian Islands and the one which grows every day with the lava flow from Kilauea Volcano.
Top 8 Maui Jim Sunglasses
Our picks for the best sunglasses sold by Maui Jim® of Lahaina, Maui.
2013 Festivals and Events On Oahu
A guide to festivals and events on Oahu in 2013 - arts & culture, cuisine, music, shopping & entertainment, sporting and fitness events and festivals.
Maui Attractions
An overview of the best and most popular tourist attractions on Maui, Hawaii.
Paradise Cove Luau at the Ko Olina Resort
A review of the Paradise Cove Luau at the Ko Olina Resort on Oahu, Hawaii.
The Most Beautiful Beaches in Hawaii
Our picks for the best beaches in Hawaii includes several less well-known beaches that we consider real gems.
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Check out these 10 reasons why I really like the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Waikiki, Oahu.
Want an Affordable Maui Trip? Check Out...
Situated on the south Maui coast, Kihei is known for its dry and warm days, great beaches and affordable accommodations.
Old Lahaina Luau
The Old Lahaina Luau offers the most delicious and authentic food and the most well-produced and choreographed entertainment. If you only attend one luau while you're in Hawaii, be sure to attend the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui.
Hawaiian Lau Lau Recipe - Polynesian Cultural...
A recipe for Hawaiian Lau Lau served at the Polynesian Cultural Center Ali'i Luau.
Start Planning Activities for Your Hawaiian...
Things you should know about the best Hawaii activities in the air, on land or in/on the ocean.
How to Choose a Place to Stay in Hawaii
Whether you decide on a bed and breakfast, rental condominium, private rental property or a world class hotel or resort, Hawaii has something that will fit your needs and your pocketbook.
Top Films Set in Hawaii and Made in Hawaii
Our picks for the best films set in Hawaii with principal filming or artwork done in Hawaii.
Top Things to Do at Aulani, a Disney Resort...
Ten of our favorite things to do, for adults and kids, at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa at the Ko Olina Resort on Oahu, Hawaii.
Take a Walking Tour of Historic Honolulu
Join us for a walking tour of historic Honolulu including stops at Honolulu's 'Iolani Palace, King Kamehameha Statue, Ali'iolani Hale, Kawaiaha'o Church and the Mission Houses Museum.
Plumeria Photos from Hawaii
Photos of Hawaiian plumeria which is used to make most of the leis given to tourists upon arrival and at luaus in Hawaii.
Red Sand Beach in Hana also known as Kaihalulu...
A Photo of Red Sand Beach in Hana, also known as Kaihalulu Beach, a nude beach on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Page 8.
Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Park, Kauai
Visiting and hiking in Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Park on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.
Why You Should Visit Hilo on Hawaii's Big Island
Visiting Hilo and its many attractions is much easier with new direct flights by United Airlines
8 Fragrant Flowers You'll Find in Tahiti
A guide to some of the most beautiful and fragrant flowers found in the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Taha'a Raiatea and others. Tahiti is known for its vibrant tropical flowers used in everything from leis to dance performances.
Hawaiian Wedding Ceremony
A look at the elements and traditions of a Hawaiian Wedding Ceremony, from the exchange of leis and the playing of the
Be Sure To Visit These Great Places in...
Our Picks for Some of the Best Things to See and Do in Upcountry Maui, Hawaii
A Driving Tour of Upcountry Maui
Join me for a driving tour of Upcountry Maui beginning at Pa'ia and Ho'okipa along the coast and then upcountry through Makawao, Kula and the 'Ulupalakua Ranch.
How to Reduce the Risk of Shark Attack and Injury
Ten safety tips that can help you avoid a shark attack and possible injury or death.
Diamond Head State Monument
A guide to hiking Diamond Head State Monument on Oahu, Hawaii.
Chicken Luau
Although tradition calls for this Hawaiian luau favorite, chicken luau, to be made with taro leaves, spinach can be substituted when taro leaves are not available.
Hawaiian Plumeria Photo # 19
A collection of photos of Hawaiian plumeria which is used to make most of the leis given to tourists upon arrival and at luaus in Hawaii. Page 19.
11 Family-Friendly Activities on Hawaii’s...
A guide to things for families to do on Hawaii Island, the Big Island.
Donkey Beach (Kuna Bay), Kauai
Photo of Donkey Beach, A Nude Beach on Kauai, Hawaii. Page 4.
All About Kava - Fiji's National Drink
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Why Hawaii?
Why a honeymoon, romantic getaway or family vacation to Hawaii might just be the perfect thing for you and your family.
Let's Take a Drive Along Kauai's Scenic North...
A Driving Tour of Kauai's North Shore from Anahola to Haena State Park and Ke'e Beach and the Start of the Kalalau Trail
Waipio Valley
History and cultural significance of the Waipio Valley on the Big Island of Hawaii
Hana Hwy Surf Company in Paia, Maui's...
Photo of the Hana Highway Surf Company in Paia, Maui's Historical Plantation Town, first stop on the Road to Hana. Page 2.
Top Things to Do In Tahiti - From Romantic...
There are many top experiences on Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora—here are our favorite things to do in the islands of French Polynesia.
Chicken Adobo
Adobo is the Philippines national dish and a favorite with many people in Hawaii.
Tips for Planning the Perfect Wedding in Hawaii
Tips on planning a wedding in Hawaii, from choosing the perfect island to selecting the ideal venue and incorporating local Hawaiian flowers and music. A destination wedding in Hawaii can take place on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, the Big Island or Lana'i.
Tips on Traveling the Hana Highway Through Maui
Tips for things to see and do along the Hana Highway from Kahului to Hana in Maui, from Visitors Forum Member Heidi Scoggins, aka MauiHeidi
Top Driving Tours and Walking Tours on Oahu
A guide to the best half and full day driving and walking tours on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
Hilo on Hawaii's Big Island
An overview of the town of Hilo on Hawaii Island, the Big Island.
Oahu Attractions - Waikiki and Waikiki Beach
An overview of the best attractions and most popular tourist attractions in Honolulu, Waikiki, and the island of Oahu.
How to Speak Hawaiian
How to speak some basic Hawaiian words and phrases.
Parking Lot of Kehena Beach
Photo of the parking lot of Kehena Beach, also known as Dolphin Beach, a black sand, clothing optional or nude beach in the Puna District of Hawaii's Big Island
Paia Fish Market in Paia, Maui's Historical...
Photo of the Paia Fish Market in Paia, Maui's Historical Plantation Town. Page 4.
Restaurant in Paia, Maui's Historical...
Photo of Island Cuisine Thai Food in Paia, Maui's Historical Plantation Town. Page 3.
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