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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 - 44
  • Pixel Postcard: Why Did the Turtle Cross the Beach?

    green sea turtle hauling out of oceanAs much of the country seems to be getting buried in snow this week, we in Hawaii are experiencing precipitation, as well. Thankfully, lows in the 60s means we won’t see the white stuff—except for maybe the summits of Mauna Loa on Hawaii Island and, possibly, Haleakala on Maui.

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  • Waikiki Beach Walk-and-Talk: Bitsy Kelley

    Destination: Oahu

    bitsy kelley walking waikiki beachIt was the evening before the full moon when I met Bitsy Kelley along the shoreline fronting Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach. Most beach umbrellas and chaise lounges had been put away for the night, but a few kids still dragged their colorful inflatables in and out of the water as the sun made its daily descent into the sea.

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  • Guest Blogger Keryn Means: Redefining Family Travel in Hawaii

    Destination: Kauai

    toddler swimming under water by keryn meansThe clear blue water lapped over my feet as I sat in my beach chair just off-shore. The mountains towered behind me and a palm tree lent a little shade. From this vantage, I could see my toddler in his goggles diving under water again and again, smitten by the fish. I watched as my husband threw our little guy into the air and heard his squeals of glee. This was why we had come to Kauai—for uninterrupted family time. As I thought about how much we all were benefiting in this break from the norm, my aunt walked over and plopped down in a chair next to me. She smiled, and her lips said it all. This was paradise, and we were living it together.

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  • August in Photos

    Destination: Oahu

    couple carry stand up paddling surfing board on beach in hawaiiAny day on Waikiki Beach can bring a variety of ocean-goers to the water, from babies with inflatable wings on their arms to stand up paddlers from as far away as Australia, from 92-year-old doctors who surf to mothers who double as surf photographers.

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  • Shooting the Moon over Diamond Head

    Destination: Oahu

    awaiting the full moon over diamond headI stood outside Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach one night last week for a couple hours. I watched as the setting sun painted the shallow waters of Waikiki the softest, most beautiful blue I've ever seen. It does this almost every night, and yet each time I visit Waikiki my breath skips and I ooh and aah all over again. I know the color has something to do with the angle of the sun and the sandy ocean bottom, but I am still amazed each and every time. I've not seen this exact color of blue anywhere else in Hawaii, and as you can imagine I've seen my share of oceans at sunset. I can't begin to describe this particular blue. It's a powdery sky blue. A soft turquoise blue. It's a quiet blue. Serene blue. All this. And something else, too.

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  • Celebrating Hawaii's Lifeguards

    Destination: Oahu

    lifeguard competes at dukes oceanfestA dozen or more lifeguards raced up and down the beach amidst sunbathers situated under red and yellow umbrellas and children bobbing on pink and green inflatables in the turquoise blue waters of Waikiki. But there was no rescuing going on. Not now.

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  • Inspired by Duke and Doc

    Destination: Oahu

    doc and beach boy on waikiki beachThe "Ambassador of Aloha," as Duke is reverentially called, died 45 years ago but is very much alive on the shores of Waikiki. Large banners emblazoned with the visage of Duke serve as the backdrop to a stage, where young watermen and women receive awards and, even, prize money for their accomplishments. They almost always thank Duke for his inspiration.

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  • Canoe Surfing at Waikiki

    Destination: Oahu

    canoe surfing view of diamond head at waikiki beachAs if the parade of surfers on Kalakaua Avenue weren't enough of a hint, the waves marching toward the sands of Waikiki Beach were breaking on shore when the City Girls* and I met to go canoe surfing last week. And, then, first mate Buddy, with Faith Surf School, suggested we leave our sunglasses and hats on the beach where they were safe. All this as Captain Buddy added a couple bailers to our canoe.

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  • Gone to Kalalau: Practicing the Art of Doing Nothing.

    Destination: Kauai

    view of kalalau cathedrals and waterfallsKauai is known as The Garden Island. It's quiet. It's casual. It's rural with lots of green spaces between small, one-time plantation towns. And it makes Kalalau seem like Grand Central Station. If Kauai's surf town of Hanalei is too laid-back for you, you won't like Kalalau. Not one bit.

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  • Readying to Kayak Napali Coast

    Destination: Kauai

    Napali Coast, Kauai, HawaiiOne month from today, I will spend five days kayak-camping along Napali Coast. That means, I have 30 days to get in shape. The trek will involve kayaking 17 miles along the majestic Napali Coast, one of Hawaii's most scenic vistas. We will explore sea caves and dip into waterfalls. We will gawk at the line-up of cliffs that gives this coastline its name--Napali translates to English as "the cliffs." One month from today, I will spend five days kayak-camping along Napali Coast, and that means, I have 30 days to get in shape.

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