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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 - 88
  • Arancino: Spaghetti Six Ways. And Then Some.

    Destination: Oahu

    garden salad at arancino italian restaurant in waikikiThe caption below the photo on the wall said, “Arancino: A Spaghetti Place.” But Arancino on Beach walk is much more than your run-of-the-mill spaghetti place. I figured that out the first evening I walked out of Outrigger Regency on Beach Walk in search of dining options and saw the crowd of people hovering outside the sliver of a restaurant located on a quiet street in Waikiki.

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  • Kawika Kahiapo: Playing Guitar, Singing Songs & Inspiring Hula at Kani Ka Pila Grille

    Destination: Oahu

    kawika kahiapo playing guitar at kani ka pila grilleRight at 6:00 as the sun made its descent in Waikiki, throwing a golden glow on the volcanic crater known as Diamond Head--or Leahi in Hawaiian--three women strolled through the lobby of Outrigger Reef on the Beach. They beelined--as best as the women, one using a cane, could beeline--for Kani Ka Pila Grille, and parked themselves at a particular table--a four-top with a direct view of the stage where Kawika Kahiapo was tuning his slack key guitar.

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  • Trending: Food trucks in Kapaa

    Destination: Kauai

    be food truck kauaiIt seems that food trucks are popping up all over Kauai as quickly as mushrooms in the forest after a good rain.

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  • From the Archives: The Tavern at Princeville by Roy Yamaguchi

    Destination: Kauai

    roy's hawaiian fusion cuisine gift card in grassMy husband and I are on vacation this week, celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Three years ago, on October 22, we celebrated at a new restaurant on Kauai. During our 25 years of marriage, I've watched other friends marry, as well. Some stay married. Others do not--even those I thought were made for each other. The same can be said for restaurants on Kauai: Some come; some go. But not The Tavern at Princeville by Roy Yamaguchi. Its menu items may have changed since we visited in 2010 but the place is still doing well, based on its Yelp reviews.

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  • Maui "Sides" Trip Report

    Destination: Maui

    One of my rules of travel is to never eat at a place where I can eat at home. So, last week, I found myself at Home Maid Bakery within 15 minutes of landing at OGG—Kahului Airport on Maui. I’ve found some favorite eateries throughout my years of traveling the Hawaiian Islands. Here’s a list of those haunts I managed to frequent on Maui last week.

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  • The Amazing Sweet-Tooth-Satisfying Goodness of Breadfruit Pie--without the Sugar High

    Destination: Maui

    lilikoi breadfruit pie by pono piesI met John Cadman at the Breadfruit Festival on Kauai in early September. He was wearing a vintage aloha shirt, rubber slippahs, and a recently-woven lau hala hat to keep the sun off his pale face. “In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a little haole,” he said, using the common word in Hawaii for “white person.” “And here I was introducing breadfruit to Hawaiians at Kamehameha Schools.”

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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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  • Maui's Great Banana Bread Taste-Off

    Destination: Maui

    heart-shaped rock at maui blowholeOne of the first rules of travel writing is if everything goes swimmingly on a trip, you’re dead in the water. So, how do you make a story about the most benign topic--banana bread--interesting? I mean, what can go wrong with banana bread?

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  • My Own Personal Chef at Hula Grill Waikiki

    Destination: Oahu

    crispy tofu at hula grill waikikiAs the sun set on Waikiki, the rest of our table, some 20 diners, received their pupu, appetizer,  before Lisa and me. It wasn't that the courteous servers at Hula Grill hadn't tried to place the dish they called "Smoked Big Island Abalone BLT" in front of us. More than one had tried. "No," we said again and again, shaking our heads. "We ordered vegetarian."

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  • Celebrate Pi with Pie

    Destination: Oahu

    trio of desserts at greens and vinesSylvia Thompson opened Greens & Vines in late October 2012 after selling her raw-vegan gourmet-packaged foods under the Licious Dishes label for five years at Oahu farmers markets and a shop at Dole Cannery.

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