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View From Here - Hawaii Travel Blog - Hawaiian Monk Seal

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 - 62
  • July in Photos

    Hawaiian monk seal pup wakes up from napYesterday, our newest Hawaiian monk seal pup on Kauai became official. He was outfitted with a pair of red, plastic tags with a couple letters and numbers, sort of like his social security number. He's only two months old, but the little stinker is already causing a stir. A few weeks ago, his mother weaned him. As you can see from some of the photos in the slide show, he's a plump, little thing. At this stage in his life, he is exploring his watery environs and figuring out where to get his nourishment now that mom--and her milk--is gone. Earlier this week, he was reportedly behaving strangely, using his flipper to dig in his mouth, coughing, and gagging, repeatedly. I was asked to accompany a team to investigate and after careful study, we concluded he must have eaten something he didn't like.

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  • May in Photos

    Destination: Kauai

    monk seal pup and mom touch nosesThis month's review of images made me realize something: The only time I held my Canon DSLR in my hands was to take pictures of Kauai's newest Hawaiian monk seal pup and his mother. And what an experience that was. The first of these images was taken when the pup was less than 24 hours. The last when he was three weeks.

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  • Mothers of Nature

    Destination: Kauai

    monk seal pup and mom touch nosesWhen I arrived at the beach today, the two-week-old monk seal pup was wiggling around its mother's snoozing head at the waterline. Within minutes, it, too, settled in for a nap, as the incoming tide cooled the lower halves of their bodies.

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  • Hooking More Than Just Fish. Hawaiian Monk Seals At Risk.

    Destination: Kauai

    de-hooked hawaiian monk seal heads for water“Are you on island?” she asked. She knows I travel around the Hawaiian archipelago and cannot always respond to her requests. As it turned out, I was not only on Kauai, but I was above the very beach a male Hawaiian monk seal needed help. I knew this monk seal, flipper-tagged T12, and born three years ago to a regular, productive mother, known as Rocky. The juvenile seal had recently molted, and sported a beautifully, clean coat of silvery-grey and milky-white stomach.

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  • Odyssey of a Hawaiian Monk Seal and a Volunteer in Waikiki

    Destination: Oahu

    hawaiian monk seal and surfer statue in waikikiThe sky above Diamond Head had just started to pink when I hit Kalakaua Avenue for my morning walk. I wasn't alone. Surfers bobbed on the waters off Waikiki Beach, which, I quickly noticed, rippled with a late-season south swell. Dogs had hit the streets, too. One particular chocolate Lab strained at its leash, its head cranked toward the ocean, yearning and excitement oozing from its whole body. On the beach, a group of Japanese soccer players ran drills. Another man was inventing a new form of stretching exercise.

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  • A Beautiful Hawaiian Monk Seal at Keauhou

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    hawaiian monk seal in tide pools at keauhouThere’s a big, fat Hawaiian monk seal asleep in the tide pools outside Keauhou Beach Resort right now. I spotted her when I checked into my room and—like I always do first-thing—yanked open the curtains to check out the view. The female seal sleeps on a rock a few hundred feet away from a huge heiau, making me think how Hawaiian monk seals bridge time.

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  • Whatever Happened to Kolohe the Monk Seal?

    Destination: Kauai

    monk seal wearing electronics on back

    A couple months ago, one rascally Hawaiian monk seal appeared on a Kauai beach with extra baggage. That is, a giant ulua hook. The fish hook had lodged deep in the monk seal's throat and veterinarians decided the wily buggah wouldn’t take kindly to them digging in his throat to remove it. So, they flew him to Oahu to perform the procedure in a controlled environment. He spent nearly two weeks there but was eventually flown back to Kauai and released on a south shore beach.

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  • May in Photos

    Destination: Kauai, Oahu

    otsuji farm greensMay was busy but the photos may not show it. The month started with a tour of Otsuji Farms on Oahu. The farm got its start in 1954, and the city sorta grew up around it, so now you could call it an urban farm. It’s a three-generation farm. The middle generation still makes sure the place runs. Edwin, wearing his signature Crocodile-Dundee-hat, led the tour.

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  • The De-Hooking of an Hawaiian Monk Seal Called Kolohe

    Destination: Kauai

    monk seal wearing electronics on backWhen the plane finally came to a reverberating rest, and the pilot shut off its propeller engines,the Hawaiian monk seal known as Kolohe was home. But not even an endangered monk seal is immune to flight delays. Engine trouble had pushed Kolohe’s arrival in Lihue back three hours.

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  • There is Hope for Hawaiian Monk Seals

    Destination: Kauai

    hawaiian monk seal and pup in waterFour years ago this week, a young Hawaiian monk seal gave birth to a healthy, little pup on a remote beach on Kauai’s North Shore. Sadly, the new mother showed absolutely no interest in her pup. She didn’t nuzzle it. She didn’t present her teats for nursing. It wasn’t the first time she had turned away from her offspring. This same female had birthed in very nearly the same spot the year before with the same result—she abandoned her pup.

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