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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 - 77
  • Hawaiiloa Returns to the Sea

    Destination: Oahu

    hawaiiloa back on the waterThe Sand Island boatyard was hot and dusty this past Monday, the day, once and for all, Hawai`iloa made it into the water. There’s an old saying that goes, “Many hands make light work.” And while it may be true, there always seem to be one or two individuals whose hands appear more often, do more work. Such was the case with the restoration of Hawai`iloa.

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  • Kids Ask the Best Hokulea Questions

    Destination: Oahu

    life ring on hokulea canoeIt was dusk, after school, when a couple dozen students from Punahou School gathered at Sand Island on Oahu to tour the famous voyaging canoe Hokulea. For all her reputation and cultural significance, the canoe isn’t very big. That was especially apparent this night, one of the last school visits that wrapped up the Malama Hawaii leg of Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Worldwide Voyage. For nearly the past year, Hokulea has sailed 1,000 miles within the archipelago of Hawaii and welcomed thousands of students—and parents and teachers and curious others like myself—on board. On the evening of my visit, Ka`iulani Murphy—with whom I chatted on Waikiki Beach—fielded questions from students. And, since I found the kids’ questions fascinating and insightful, I’m going to share them—and Ka`iiulani’s answers—here.

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  • Waikiki Beach Walk-and-Talk: Navigating with Ka`iulani Murphy

    Destination: Oahu

    pvs navigator kaiulani murphy walks waikiki beachThe sun was setting behind a bank of clouds off Waikiki when I met Ka`iulani Murphy on the beach fronting Outrigger Reef on the Beach. Conditions weren’t perfect for a green flash. They weren’t even great for picture-taking, but the nightly sunset-watching crowd had emerged just the same. This was back in January. The night before, a thunderstorm had excited the sky with threads of lightning and this evening, strong winds poured on-shore.

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  • Jake's List: Ten Things About Humpbacks You May Not Know

    Destination: Oahu

    whale watching off diamond headDid you know the tongue of an humpback whales weighs 2,000 pounds? That’s the weight of a VW Bug. And 363,000 pennies. And, of course, a ton of bricks. The one-ton tongue of a 45-ton humpback whale works like a giant tofu press to squeeze water out of its mouth in order to eat.

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  • Pixel Postcard: My What Big Waves

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    curling ocean waveThis week in Hawaii, we are expecting monster surf the likes of which we haven’t seen for over a decade. Everyone’s throwing around the number 50. As in fifty-foot high waves. And people, no doubt, will be riding them. But not competitors in "The Eddie.”

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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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  • Show Up. Work hard. Repeat.

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    breaching whale off lahaina, mauiIn the photo, a humpback whale is rocketing its estimated 40-ton body out of the water. The fast shutter speed of the camera catches what must be thousands of water droplets spiraling around the whale’s enormous body—off its sun-glinting, scallop-edged pectoral fins and haloing its head. The action in this image was caught after the whale’s propulsion reached its apex, and the whale’s heavy body is falling back into the ocean with what you can only imagine will be a mighty splash.

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  • How to Become a Fish: Surveying with REEF

    Destination: Kauai

    cornet fish hovering over honu turtleUnder blue skies and calm seas, a couple days after the New Year, I stood knee deep in water at Hanaka`ape Bay, also known as Koloa Landing, on Kauai's South Shore. This was once the third largest harbor in all of Hawaii, first for whaling purposes and, later, no doubt, due to the abundant sugar cane that once covered the plains for miles around. Hawaii's very first sugar plantation, known then as the Old Sugar Mill of Koloa, was established in 1835 a stone's throw as the crow flies from this spot. These days, the comings and goings here come in the form of water sports enthusiasts--snorkelers, scuba divers, and paddlers.

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  • Our Pledge to Malama Honua with Polynesian Voyaging Society

    Destination: Oahu

    doctor chuck kelley speaking at polynesian voyaging society receptionLast week, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts announced its partnership with the Polynesian Voyaging Society, pledging to provide more than $500,000 worth of support to further the mission of the PVS Worldwide Voyage through various fundraising efforts, cross marketing and global hosting at Outrigger hotels and resorts throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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  • Hokulea: Raising Islands and Stories out of the Sea

    Destination: Kauai

    Hokulea in Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii. Photo by Kim Steutermann RogersThere are some writing assignments that are just too big to tackle. It’s little like that giant Hula Pie served at Duke’s Canoe Club. Where do you plunge the first spoonful? Do I go for the whipped cream? The macadamia nut ice cream? What about chocolate cookie crust? And one person cannot be expected to complete the whole thing before it melts, no matter how ravenous. At least, I can’t, and I’ve tried. That’s how I feel when I think about writing about Hokulea.

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