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How to Get Your Very Own Handwritten Postcard from Hawaii

Posted by: Kim Steutermann Rogers
Aug 30, 2013

Last week, I read a story in The Garden Island newspaper about a 106-year-old postcard that was sent from Kauai to Kansas, of all places. More than 13 years ago, I moved to Kauai from Kansas, of all places.

Not that Kansas has anything to do with this story.

But the postcard does. And not necessarily the 106-year-old postcard but the concept of a postcard--its aura, its symbolism, the physicality of it. 

Earlier this year, I provided a bunch of postcards to be given away at a special event on the mainland. Recently, I received the leftovers, and I've been thinking ever since what to do with them. Well, I've figured it out, and here's what I propose: I want to send one to you.

This is how you can get a postcard from Hawaii with a hand-written note from me:

1. Make a comment below and specify your favorite thing/memory about Hawaii--be it a place, a person, a song, a food, a road, a tree, an animal.

2. Email me your snail mail address at (Please, for privacy sake, do not include it here.)

3. Watch your mailbox--the one by your street or attached to your house or at the post office, wherever you collect your physical mail.

4. Be patient. Depending on how many comments I receive, it may take me a while. And if things get out of hand, I may have to cap the whole project at a certain number.

5. Wish me luck!


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George R Miller | Aug 31, 2013 03:00 AM

Our favorite (Ellen too) thing was being able to swim around sea turtles. This past May we were in Oahu and Maui for two weeks. It seemed, unlike other trips there, that there more sea turtles swimming near the places we visited. North shore of Oahu at Waimea Bay and in Maui right at our Outrigger Hotel in Kahana. Can't wait to come back.

Jack Boeggeman | Aug 31, 2013 07:00 AM many favorite things makes this extremely difficult but I would have to say it was the 2 1/2 hour hike out to the lava flow on the Big Island in December, 2012 and actually being within 5 feet of the flow. Took many pictures and videos. We started at 5:00 AM in the morning and seeing the Milky Way was almost as awesome. It will never be forgotten. Luckily, my wife and I will be moving to the Big Island in 2014 and will hopefully make many more trips out there.

Kim | Aug 31, 2013 09:32 AM

Just a reminder, for your own privacy, please do not post your snail mail address in the comments section here. Please send that to me at But do post a comment here addressing point number one above. Mahalo, Kim

Laura | Aug 31, 2013 09:05 AM

I had two wonderful Wov renewal ceremonies. Once while staying at the Outrigger reef and the other in Big island, five years after at the now dead Outrigger Keauhou

Ramona Driessen | Aug 31, 2013 09:19 AM

Our favorite memory is exploring the natural beauty of upcountry Maui. Haleakala crater is beyond description. The colorful moonscape is without words. The blossoms of the jacaranda trees are amazing. The view of the coastlines at each end of the valley is incredible. We drive upcountry whenever we can.

Val | Aug 31, 2013 10:55 AM

Hi Kim, since I just live down the road from you, I wondered if you'd send a card to my friend, Jo?? She and her hubby visited us when we lived on MKK and they are coming to visit us here in March. She loves snorkeling and hiking to La'au to see the seals. She's counting the days.... Let me know if sending her a card is doable!!! I'll just tell her to be watching for something fun. In the mail!!

Susan | Aug 31, 2013 12:40 PM

My very favorite thing... just "being" there, the smell of the ocean as we first round the corner to "home", the amazing clouds and blue blue sky, the glorious ocean vistas, the satin feel of the warm air, the cooing of the doves and soaring of the seabirds, the joyous reunion with friends. Maybe best of all, sitting on the front porch of Sunrise Cottage, watching the surf roll in.

Greg | Aug 31, 2013 04:48 PM

Without doubt it's watching the amazing sunsets while sitting on the balcony, never tire of it.

Kim | Aug 31, 2013 04:06 PM

I love seeing all the comments come in and the variety of ways to fall in love with Hawaii. Yes, Val, I'm happy to send a postcard to your friends. Now, I'm off to Napali Coast for two days. I'll check back on Tuesday and get those postcards out then. A hui hou, Kim.

Amy | Aug 31, 2013 06:32 PM

Hi, Kim! One of the most amazing memories of Hawaii for me was our swim with the manta rays off the Big Island. I was with a group of friends from Missouri and Illinois and we realized when we met you that you knew people in the area. It was such an amazing experience to be so close to those huge, gentle creatures. I will never forget it and hope to share it with my kids someday soon.

Matthew | Aug 31, 2013 09:41 PM

My favorite thing to do - and it is difficult to choose one thing - is to swim early in the morning out to the reef outcropping which looks like Italy at Makena Landing and just watch the turtles. i never fail to see at least 3 turtles, usually more. Often while heading back to the beach a turtle will swim by, below me, and when the turtle sees me, it stops and floats with the current and simply looks at me. I am always amazed by the agility the turtles show while swimming through the water.

Frank Hamm | Sep 01, 2013 07:35 AM

There are so many moments we remember... some of them were stargazing at Mauna Kea in 2005. We couldn't believe you can see so many stars. It was a little fresh up there but the sky was amazing. Sunrise at Haleakala is also an amazing event that we recommend to everyone who is on Maui. In 1997 I did hang gliding right from the summit down to the beach near Kihei :-)

Diane Pike | Sep 01, 2013 03:42 PM

My favorite times are at the ocean....whether monitoring Hawaiian monk seals, checking on sea turtle nests or just enjoying the serenity and beauty that abounds. I feel so fortunate to live on Molokai. I never dreamed that a girl from Wisconsin could have ended up living in such a magnificent place.

Linda | Sep 03, 2013 05:05 AM

My favorite memory is Hanauma Bay. I loved to go snorkeling and enjoyed watching the beautiful fish. I would love to go back with an underwater camera to capture that memory. Hanauma Bay is a peaceful, restful place and time spent there was my way of recharging during hectic high school and college days.

Barbara | Sep 03, 2013 05:49 AM

Aloha Kim! Can't wait to take a trip back to Hawaii and make more memories. It's hard to pick one, but one of my favorite memories is riding the helicopter in Kauai and viewing the profile of JFK on the side of the mountain. Kauai is truly a garden paradise.

Kim | Sep 03, 2013 01:00 PM

So, I sent emails today to all those people who have commented thus far, except Laura. If you're reading this, Laura, please email me at with your snail mail address. Mahalo, Kim

Linda | Sep 04, 2013 11:03 AM

Some of my favorite memories are: Being almost "blown away" at the Pali Lookout, seeing double and sometimes triple rainbows almost every day, viewing sunsets from the park at the end of Roundtop Dr., seeing the magnificent whales, visiting Pearl Harbor and the Punchbowl, worshiping at Kawaiaha'o Church on Sunday morning in Honolulu where the choir sings in the Hawaiian language, going early for dinner at Chuck's Steakhouse and getting a table "on the rim" to better enjoy the beautiful sunset and Diamond Head as well as the food.

Janice | Sep 10, 2013 12:46 PM

I LOVE the weather! The feel of the sun on my face and warm balmy breezes. I also enjoy looking around and seeing lush green plants everywhere with splashes of colorful flowers.

Corinna Kavgadoulis | Sep 10, 2013 01:48 PM

Our favorite spot on the island of Maui was Hookipa Lookout when we embarked on the Road to Hana.

Kathryn | Sep 13, 2013 09:46 AM

My favorite memory of Oahu is the International Market Place. I used to visit Hawaii for a few weeks during the summer months when I was in grade school. I stayed with my best friend who had a condo in Waikiki and we used to always run through there causing a muck, all of my fondest memories and within those walkways and stores. I unfortunately will be about 2 months too late to say good-bye to it before it is demolished. I just recently learned of its planned "renovation project" that starts at the beginning of 2014, and I won't be back until February 2014. I am still hoping for something to go wrong, for just a little while so I can say my final good-bye and reminisce once more.

John | Sep 20, 2013 07:38 AM

One of my favorite memories is watching the sun rise on Haleakala with my wife on our 33rd anniversary Nov 16th 2012. The walk thru the bamboo forest was also pretty cool. John

Kim | Sep 24, 2013 11:41 AM

Another batch of postcards are in the mail. Everyone above should have/be received/receiving their very own handwritten postcard from me. I hope you enjoy.

Sherilyn Lee | Oct 01, 2013 05:10 AM

One of my favorite moments was hiking on Kauai from Shipwreck Beach to Makauwahi Cave in 2013. Although I have family ties to Kauai, I had never seen terrain like this on the island before. The light was great for photography...magical, almost as good as Paris. Saw nene and horses too! What a great day! :-)

Swarna | Nov 13, 2013 07:06 PM

I came across your blog while searching for the postcards from Hawaii for my son's school project. I have never visited Hawaii and planning to visit this December. Cant wait to see Hawaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiii after reading these many wonderful things about my fav state.

Terryville Road 5th Grade Class New York | Feb 11, 2014 12:33 PM

The 5th grade class is trying to get postcards from every state. For Hawaii we will be studying about the vegitations and the volcanoes. We will look at the popular attractions and the beautiful ocean life. Thank you for sending a post card for us to use.

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