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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 - 80
  • 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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  • On Service and the Unusual Bird in Waikiki

    Destination: Oahu

    view of waikiki beach from groinYesterday, I spent the morning on Waikiki Beach, walking and pausing to eat hot, malasadas from Leonard's Bakery with a man who represents two of my greatest loves: the ocean and books. We walked the length of Waikiki from San Souci Beach to Outrigger Waikiki and back, and as we sat on a bench overlooking the water, a trio of white birds fluttered along the ocean's edge.

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  • Pixel Postcard: Laysan Albatross

    Destination: Kauai

    adult laysan albatross in profileThis week in Hawaii, we’re enjoying cooling winds out of the north. By cool, I mean the low for tonight where I live is expected to be 64 degrees. That means I might be able to convince my husband to turn the ceiling fan down from high to medium. I know temperatures around the U.S. Mainland are frightfully cold, as in freezing, right now, and I’m sorry for those people who are truly cold.

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  • It's All about the Birds and the Beer at Maui Brewing Co.

    Destination: Maui

    We’re sitting at a community table at Maui Brewing Company on a Friday evening. The restaurant is full with people flowing out the front door, jockeying to add their names to a waitlist. The crowd surprises me. The Kahana Gateway Center is a mild-mannered shopping center at the northwestern end of Honoapiilani Highway in West Maui—beyond the scene of Lahaina, beyond the energy of Kaanapali.

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  • Seeing A Forest of Trees on Waihou Spring Trail

    Destination: Maui

    tree on waihou spring trailLast week, I was on Maui, expecting to drive up, up, up the windy, twisty road that leads to the summit of Haleakala. I was thinking I might even roust myself out of bed before sunrise to do it, because in the 25 years of visiting and living in Hawaii, I have yet to watch the sun emerge over Maui’s tallest mountain.

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  • Never Turn Your Back on the Ocean

    close up of newborn laysan albatross chickI’ve been thinking about the ocean a lot lately. Last year, it seemed like my summer was spent mauka--on the hiking trails around Hawaii. But this summer, my adventures have been of the watery nature--makai. I’ve kayaked Napali Coast. Surfed a long board and an outrigger canoe. Snorkeled and just basically splashed along the coastline. Then, too, there was Flossie. But there have also been Laysan albatrosses.

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  • Attacked by a Giant Moth

    Destination: Kauai

    Can you bruise your eyeball? Because I think I did. And the perpetrator was a giant moth. It happened last night. I was outside, with a backyard light shining, walking my two dogs before bed. I saw the moth, thought, Holy moly, that thing’s big, as it circled the light, and made a sudden detour like a missile—for my eye.

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  • My Earth Day Celebration

    Destination: Kauai

    Laysan albatross adult flying into sceneHawaii is nature and nature is Hawaii. You've got your turquoise blue ocean with beaches of black, green and red sand. You've got your green mountains striated with hiking trails. Your rivers and streams ripe for kayaking explorations. Waterfalls. Botanical gardens. Nature preserves, wildlife refuges and national parks. With so many choices in which to spend Earth Day, how was it that on Monday, April 22, I found myself sitting in an air conditioned office building with fluorescent lights making my eyes burn?

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  • A Shama Thrush Builds A Home in My House

    Destination: Kauai

    rooster with tailThe skies were blue when I retreated to the lanai with my morning tea. At the foot of the stairs, a rooster stretched his head and let out his best crow. A few seconds later, another rooster on the other side of the house responded, and the domino effect made its way down the valley. Other birds were singing, including a Western meadowlark, its black V set on bright yellow breast. A Zebra dove cooed.

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  • The Amazing Longevity of Laysan Albatrosses

    Destination: Kauai

    albatross chick profileThese Laysan albatross chicks spent 65 days inside a calcium closure before pipping their way to freedom several weeks ago. And, now, if they are able to steer clear of the hooks belonging to long-line fisheries, to evade eager sharks swimming below the surface of the ocean and, more devastating, to resist ingesting plastic that can be mistaken for food, these three Laysan albatrosses just may live to be older than I am. In fact, old enough--if they'd been contributing--to collect social security benefits.

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