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View From Here - Hawaii Travel Blog

Welcome to View from Here, a travel blog, where I write about living in, traveling about and experiencing Hawaii as a malihini, a 12-year-resident of the Hawaiian Islands. My name is Kim Steutermann Rogers, and you're likely to find blog posts here about food--who doesn't like to eat?--and outdoor adventure. Like hiking through Haleakala on Maui. Diving with manta rays off Hawaii (Big) Island. Snorkeling Shark's Cove on Oahu. And paddling Napali Coast of my home island, Kauai. Not that I'm some, young, adrenaline junkie. Those days are long over. I just enjoy collecting life experiences. And that's why you probably won't find much in the way of shopping here, unless it's about a fantastic, locally-made product--like soap--and the charming, young, single-mother who makes it. Then, I gush on and on. Oh, as a warning, I can sometimes jump on my soap box and write about the realities of marine debris, Hawaii's endangered species--like humpback whales and Hawaiian monk seals--great book discoveries and the wonders of nature. And my dogs.

Total Number of Entries - 571
  • Why I Quit the Best Job in the World

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    The first time I heard the words, “You have the best job in the world,” I was on Hawaii (Big) Island. That great orb of light and energy had just greeted the water again for the night. It was large, the sun, and now that I think about it—almost six years later—I wonder why it seems the sun always looks so much bigger from the Kona Coast? I was on a dive boat that first time my choice of employment was dubbed as superlative, chatting with a group of women from the Midwest.

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  • Hawaiiloa Returns to the Sea

    Destination: Oahu

    hawaiiloa back on the waterThe Sand Island boatyard was hot and dusty this past Monday, the day, once and for all, Hawai`iloa made it into the water. There’s an old saying that goes, “Many hands make light work.” And while it may be true, there always seem to be one or two individuals whose hands appear more often, do more work. Such was the case with the restoration of Hawai`iloa.

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  • Kids Ask the Best Hokulea Questions

    Destination: Oahu

    life ring on hokulea canoeIt was dusk, after school, when a couple dozen students from Punahou School gathered at Sand Island on Oahu to tour the famous voyaging canoe Hokulea. For all her reputation and cultural significance, the canoe isn’t very big. That was especially apparent this night, one of the last school visits that wrapped up the Malama Hawaii leg of Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Worldwide Voyage. For nearly the past year, Hokulea has sailed 1,000 miles within the archipelago of Hawaii and welcomed thousands of students—and parents and teachers and curious others like myself—on board. On the evening of my visit, Ka`iulani Murphy—with whom I chatted on Waikiki Beach—fielded questions from students. And, since I found the kids’ questions fascinating and insightful, I’m going to share them—and Ka`iiulani’s answers—here.

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  • Waikiki Beach Walk-and-Talk: Navigating with Ka`iulani Murphy

    Destination: Oahu

    pvs navigator kaiulani murphy walks waikiki beachThe sun was setting behind a bank of clouds off Waikiki when I met Ka`iulani Murphy on the beach fronting Outrigger Reef on the Beach. Conditions weren’t perfect for a green flash. They weren’t even great for picture-taking, but the nightly sunset-watching crowd had emerged just the same. This was back in January. The night before, a thunderstorm had excited the sky with threads of lightning and this evening, strong winds poured on-shore.

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  • Pixel Postcard: Happy Fifth Anniversary Kani Ka Pila Grille

    Destination: Oahu

    kani ka pila grille menuThis Saturday, Kani Ka Pila Grille celebrates five years of nightly Hawaiian music--live from 6 to 9--at the outdoor eatery. That's 1,820 days of continuous performances and 5,460 hours of music. At a minimum, Cyril Pahinui had played 780 hours of the total. The Hawaiian music legend--and son of Gabby "Pops" Pahinui--is so committed to his Wednesday night gig that he only signs contracts for other performances if they guarantee he'll be back by 6:00 each Wednesday evening. I love this about Uncle Cyril. "I made a commitment," he once told me, referring to his schedule.

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  • The Detonation of Plumeria

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    For many of our Facebook followers, I’ve recently learned, the quintessential scent that represents Hawaii is plumeria. There. Did that single word send you tumbling into a memory of Hawaii?

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  • Waikiki Beach Walk-and-Talk: Cyril Pahinui

    Destination: Oahu

    cyril pahinui on waikiki beach with diamond head in backgroundWhen Cyril Pahinui arrives for his weekly Wednesday night gig at Kani Ka Pila Grille, the valet and bell team at Outrigger Reef on the Beach, spring into action. One opens Uncle Cyril’s car door. One grabs a luggage cart. Another starts unpacking Uncle Cyril’s gear, including the slack key guitar for which Cyril is known.

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  • Jake's List: Ten Things About Humpbacks You May Not Know

    Destination: Oahu

    whale watching off diamond headDid you know the tongue of an humpback whales weighs 2,000 pounds? That’s the weight of a VW Bug. And 363,000 pennies. And, of course, a ton of bricks. The one-ton tongue of a 45-ton humpback whale works like a giant tofu press to squeeze water out of its mouth in order to eat.

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  • Pixel Postcard: Backside of Diamond Head

    Destination: Oahu

    view of diamond head from backside

    This week in Hawaii, those of us on the windward sides of the islands are drying out after a series of wet weather patterns that sprouted waterfalls and mud puddles here and there around the island chain. There was actually blue sky covering my corner of paradise today, and for that, I am thankful. Last week, I found myself on a boat off Waikiki on another such sunny day. (One of the great things about Waikiki is its location on the leeward side of the island pretty much guarantees sun almost every day of the year. If it does rain in Waikiki, the sun often shines right through the raindrops.)

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  • Pearl Harbor Survivor Al Rodrigues Keeps History Lively

    Destination: Oahu

    pearl harbor survivor al rodriguesAl Rodrigues sat behind a table in the courtyard at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center outside the Pacific Historic Parks bookstore, signing a stack of thin books titled, Diary of a Pearl Harbor Survivor. It was a perfectly sunny day and Al wore a pair of gold-tinted sunglasses. His first words to me were, “Where are you from?” When I said, Kauai, he asked, “Where?” When I told him Anahola, he said, “I used to swim there.” Turns out, Al was born on Kauai.

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