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View From Here - Hawaii Travel Blog - Guest Bloggers

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.

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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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  • Guest Blogger: Malia Yoshioka's Marathon Training Secret

    Destination: Oahu

    malia yoshioka eating shave ice"While it's nice to think we live in our own endless summer, it's good to have a little variety once in a while. I tend to enjoy the subtle shift of the seasons. Fall is bittersweet in Hawaii. Although our leaves stay evergreen, the arrival of Fall means no more lychee and mangoes on the trees, slightly cooler temperatures, rain showers (and rainbows), and the beginning of another season: Honolulu Marathon training season." Guest blogger Malia Yoshioka shares her secret for sticking to her marathon training. Here's a hint: It has to do with food! 

     

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  • Guest Blogger: Keryn Means Satisfies Her Pregnancy Cravings

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    keryn means with camera"Normally, when we visit Hawaii, beaches are the first things we research. Not this trip. The number of dog-eared food pages in my guidebook was higher than my sunscreen SPF rating. Such is the life of a pregnant woman on vacation." Guest blogger Keryn Means shares her cravings from Hawaii (Big) Island.

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  • Jack's Best Bet for Birding on Hawaii Island

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    hawaii akepa by jack jeffreyJack Jeffrey knows birds. He knows plants. He knows when plants will bloom and what birds will flock to those blossoms like my husband gravitates to chocolate. For 30 years, Jack has roamed the valleys, rainforests and mountains of Hawaii Island studying, observing and photographing Hawaii’s endemic forest birds as wildlife biologist, photographer and all-around birder. Here, he shares his favorite birding spots on Hawaii Island, as well as some exquisite images of Hawaii’s beautiful birds.

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  • Poi Dog Blog: A Tsunami, Whale, Turtle, Valley & Hike

    nickel the poi dogIn this edition of Poi Dog Blog, you'll find a short piece on the tsunami's damaging effects at Kahalu'u Beach Park, a blog post about adventurers making an epic sail around the Pacific--old-style, a cool photo of a green sea turtle, a video of Kualoa Valley and one person's recounting of his hike up Diamond Head.

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  • Poi Dog Blog: Tracey, Kate, Jan & Carl

    cute, little poi dog named luluAsk someone in Hawaii, “What kind of dog is that?” and they’re likely to say, “Oh, I don’t know. A poi dog.” Poi dog. Also known as “mixed breed.” Or, better yet, mutt. (I like how “mutt” doubles the “t” at the end of the word, a hint at the definition—a dog with an ancestry of more than one breed.) This column—Poi Dog Blog—as I’ve decided to call it, is simply a mash-up of articles I like from the Internet, all about Hawaii and written by a variety of authors. I hope you enjoy.

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  • Guest Blogger Carol Yotsuda Wraps on Frank Hewett

    Destination: Kauai

    Kumu hula Frank Kawaikapukalani Hewitt addresses crowd at E Kanikapila Kakou on KauaiFor 28 years, Carol Yotsuda has orchestrated Kauai’s weekly E Kanikapila Kakou, a gathering of Hawaii’s most beloved musical and cultural performers set in a backyard musical jam session. This past Monday, the esteemed Kumu Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and his hula halau performed. In the way that has become her signature, Carol wrote her “wrap story” about the event.

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  • Guest Blogger: Carol Yotsuda Wraps

    Destination: Kauai

    In 2006, the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii named Carol Yotsuda a “Living Treasure” for her efforts in preserving the culture of Hawaii. Carol is the executive director of the Garden Island Arts Council, a volunteer position she’s held since 1998. She is also a retired teacher, active artist, and she produces E Kanikapila Kakou, a Hawaiian music program held on Monday evenings through March on Kauai. The gatherings are conducted in the style of backyard musical jam sessions for which Hawaii is known. This year’s EKK theme is “The Stories behind the Songs.” Here, Carol recaps three recent performances by Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole and Sean Naauao, Cody Pueo Pata, and Aaron Sala and Snowbird Bento.

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  • Guest Blogger Carol Yotsuda on Niihau Performers

    Destination: Kauai

    Mama Ane Kanahele, the matriarch figure of the Kanahele family with 8 children of her own, 19 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild plus several hanai, adopted, children, is the minister of the Hawaiian Church in Waimea, kumu hula, and composer of over 100 songs, mostly himeni, hymns.

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  • Guest Blogger: Carol Yotsuda on Puakea Nogelmeier

    Destination: Kauai

    Close up of koa ukuleleGuest blogger Carol Yotsuda recaps the third performance of E Kanikapila Kakou on Kauai. In its 27th year, the Hawaiian music program is held Monday evenings through March. The gatherings are conducted in the style of backyard musical jam sessions for which Hawaii is known, with many bringing their own ukulele to strum along and hula dancers stepping up to share their gifts. This year’s theme is “The Stories behind the Songs.” The February 1st event featured award-winning composer and Hawaiian language specialist Puakea Nogelmeier. He was accompanied by Lolena Niau Nicholas and Hauoli Akaka.

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