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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 - 62
  • Pearl Harbor Survivor Al Rodrigues Keeps History Lively

    Destination: Oahu

    pearl harbor survivor al rodriguesAl Rodrigues sat behind a table in the courtyard at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center outside the Pacific Historic Parks bookstore, signing a stack of thin books titled, Diary of a Pearl Harbor Survivor. It was a perfectly sunny day and Al wore a pair of gold-tinted sunglasses. His first words to me were, “Where are you from?” When I said, Kauai, he asked, “Where?” When I told him Anahola, he said, “I used to swim there.” Turns out, Al was born on Kauai.

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  • Na Alii Walking Tour of Waikiki

    Destination: Oahu

    na alii walking tour with kahoakaOne sunny, Saturday morning, I found myself standing at the foot of King David Kalakaua’s statue in Waikiki with my Big Girl Camera was hanging from my neck, an iPhone was in my hand, and, perhaps, even, my waterproof point-and-shoot stashed in my backpack. On my face, I wore a blank stare. I did not see the kids with florescent pink and green inflatables wrapped around their mid-sections and waddling for the beach. I did not see the surfers with their boards balanced on their heads, their wet footprints drying on the hot pavement.

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  • Some Perfect Gift Ideas

    Destination: Oahu

    wooden bowl at martin and macarthurYesterday, I did a little shopping in search of a few perfect gifts for the holidays. Because even though I have taken up the tradition of giving gifts that do good, I still like to give—and, ahem, receive—the perfect gift. Here are a few items that caught my eye. What I like about these is that they are locally made and unique. Gifts that you probably won’t find at Hawaii’s ubiquitous ABC stores;-)

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  • Guest Blogger Sheila Beal's Five Reasons to Stay in Poipu

    Destination: Kauai

    sheila beal go visit hawaii bloggerToday's guest blogger Sheila Beal started her Hawaii travel blog--Go Visit Hawaii--back in 2006, the early days of travel blogging. That foresight has provided Sheila with an extensive following and many awards. Recently, Sheila partnered with Outrigger Hotels and Resorts to give away a five-night stay at Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation Resort in "Sunny Poipu" on Kauai. The resort is laid out over 35 acres and is built on the grounds of Hawaii's first sugar plantation with the historic home of the plantation's manager now serving as the resort's front office and a well-known restaurant--Plantation Gardens--

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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 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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  • The Trail to Kaniakapupu Palace

    Destination: Oahu

    kaniakapupu-palaceLike Kaniakapupu, the summer palace of King Kamehameha III and his wife Queen Kalama, in Nuuanu. It was built in 1845. According to the plaque in front of the crumbling rock wall ruins, the palace—a term to be taken loosely—was a place for parties. The biggest of which took place in 1847 to celebrate Hawaiian Restoration Day.

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  • Rubbernecking at Kilauea Volcano

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    sunset behind jagger museum at volcanoes national parkOn my last visit a few weeks ago, Halemaumau Trail was closed at the seam where the trail’s descent through a shady rainforest met up with the desolate crater floor, a demarcation line as distinct as blue and red in this upcoming election. A few years ago, a lava lake at the southeastern end of Halemaumau Crater started to generate excitement. It split open the crater floor and has grown to nearly 500 feet in diameter and more than 600 feet deep. This “pit within a pit” is the reason for the glow that is visible after sunset from the Jagger Museum. This week, I read that the level of this lava lake was rising quickly and threatened to flood the floor of Halemaumau Crater.

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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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  • Cheating Death inside Halemaumau Crater

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    halemaumau all aglowHalemaumau Trail at Volcanoes National Park starts at the historic Volcano House hotel and drops 425 feet to the crater floor in less than one mile. It’s known as the oldest of the park’s many hiking trails and likely the very same one that Mark Twain and Isabella Bird descended in 1866 and 1873, respectively. That’s all I needed to hear.

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