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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 - 157
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Herb Kane's Canoes and the Dodo Bird of Mauritius

    Destination: Oahu

    Outrigger Mauritius Resort and SpaConsider the canoe. Across indigenous cultures, wherever there was water, be it fresh or salt, there were canoes. A canoe provided the means to feed a village. It provided entertainment in the form of racing. It provided a way to cross a river or an ocean. I cannot think of any culture which did not rely on a canoe in some manner.

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  • Pixel Postcard: My What Big Waves

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    curling ocean waveThis week in Hawaii, we are expecting monster surf the likes of which we haven’t seen for over a decade. Everyone’s throwing around the number 50. As in fifty-foot high waves. And people, no doubt, will be riding them. But not competitors in "The Eddie.”

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  • It's Back: Free Desktop Wallpaper

    mokolii at dawnHawaii is always as close as your desktop--no matter where you are in the world. Enjoy our complimentary wallpaper for your computer here. And if you have your own favorite image of Hawaii and would like to share it, send it to outriggerhawaii@gmail.com. We're always looking for a few good shots.

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  • Pixel Postcard: Diamond Head at Dawn

    Destination: Oahu

    sunrise over diamond head from outrigger reef on the beachThis week in Hawaii, we're playing tag with the weather. The trade winds have gone into hiding, and we're experiencing a "kona system" out of the south. Night rains give way to sunny days, which sometimes witness bouts of determined rain followed by intense sunshine. It's good to pack an umbrella or light jacket. Or just surf. It is, after all, a water sport.

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  • Na Alii Walking Tour of Waikiki

    Destination: Oahu

    na alii walking tour with kahoakaOne sunny, Saturday morning, I found myself standing at the foot of King David Kalakaua’s statue in Waikiki with my Big Girl Camera was hanging from my neck, an iPhone was in my hand, and, perhaps, even, my waterproof point-and-shoot stashed in my backpack. On my face, I wore a blank stare. I did not see the kids with florescent pink and green inflatables wrapped around their mid-sections and waddling for the beach. I did not see the surfers with their boards balanced on their heads, their wet footprints drying on the hot pavement.

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