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View From Here - Hawaii Travel Blog - Spa & Massage

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 - 8
  • Massage Is My Meditation

    Destination: Oahu

    architectural details of broken ridge temple on oahuRecently, I scheduled a lomilomi massage at Ville de Coco day spa at Outrigger Luana Waikiki. When I arrived, I started making mental notes: The décor was modern in dark, painted woods and accented in sleek chrome. Soft music played. Water trickled from a fountain.

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  • Shiatsu & Massage Center at Waikiki Beach Walk

    Destination: Oahu

    hula dancer hands tell the storyI believe in pausing for sunsets, preferably on the sandy beaches of Polihale or Hanalei on Kauai. I believe in pinot noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon, preferably Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards. And I believe in massage--any kind. Deep-tissue. Lomilomi. Hot stone. And, now, shiatsu.

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  • Kapalua Spa: My New Happy Place

    Destination: Maui

    kapalua spa bamboo showerLast week, amid the sounds of water trickling through bamboo rafters and the cool touch of polished countertops made of beach glass, I joined the pampered people at the 3,000-square-foot Kapalua Spa, a ritual in which I strongly believe.

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  • Hot Lava Rock Massage Bliss

    Destination: Oahu

    I’ve heard the strokes of lomilomi described as long, gliding and deep. I’ve felt lomilomi practitioners use their hands, forearms, elbows and, even, feet. I’ve been told lomilomi may involve chanting, music, prayer and herbs, sticks and rocks. There’s no easy definition, no one description, because lomilomi practitioners from each family or district or island followed their own, unique practice. What I’ve gleaned is lomilomi is a holistic healing art. In essence, it’s not just about the massage.

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  • Note to Self: Isn't It Time for a Massage?

    Destination: Oahu

    torch giner, national tropical botanical garden on kauaiYou know those days when you say, “Calgon, take me away”? I was having one of those kinds of days when I entered the elevator on the ground floor of Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach and punched PH. Seconds later, the elevator doors drew back on the penthouse floor and presented the Waikiki Plantation Spa. It felt like waking after a long work week realizing it was Saturday. You exhale. Your shoulders relax. You stretch. Sometimes, all it takes is the right environment to put a new spin on your day.

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  • Big Waves, Yoga & Equanimity

    Destination: Oahu

    As I write this, the ocean is swelling and waves are building as they roll over shallower depths making their way for these Hawaiian Islands—in particular, the shores of Ha’ena and Hanalei on Kaua’i and Waimea Bay, Banzai Pipline and Sunset on O’ahu.  It is the first big swell of the season.  (That’s the reason for all those vehicles toting surfboards you may see on the road today.)

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  • Girlfriend Getaway in Hawaii Day 3

    Destination: Kauai

    I’ve heard many different definitions of lomilomi, the simplest of which is that it’s a traditional Hawaiian healing art that incorporates massage. According to my Hawaiian dictionary, the definition of “lomi” is “to rub, press, squeeze, massage; to work in and out, as the claws of a contented cat.” Generally speaking, the massage technique is characterized by long, deep strokes using the palms, forearms, fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees, feet--even sticks and stones.

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  • From Tempest to Tempting

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    I wish I could say my morning reminded me of this tranquil pond on Big Island.  Unfortunately, my day started with what felt like a boulder hurled in the middle of a too small bathtub.  It felt like the wind whirled a waterspout directly over my head—and my head only.  Blessedly, with a little help, my day ended with me sitting beside the Kalakaua Summer Cottage in Keauahou and with me feeling just as clear as the house’s reflection in the water.

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