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View From Here - Hawaii Travel Blog - Travel, Tips & Lists

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 - 39
  • Ten Sounds That Will Bring You Back to Hawaii

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    Whalewatching Waikoloa catamaran, Big IslandIt’s only when the 45-ton humpback whale exhales not more than 50 feet from your boat that you realize you’ve been holding your breath. And that you’re sitting on nothing but air in an inflatable boat that’s about half the length of the marine mammal breathing next to you. Humpback whales breach, breed and breathe in Hawaii during the winter months. Some even surface next to your boat, perhaps as curious to see you, as you are to see them.

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  • Whales, Waves and Real People: Our Top 10 Blog Posts

    kayaking napali coastAs the lead blogger for View from Here, I write, on average, two blog posts a week. I also write a feature story or two per month for OutriggerHawaii.com. That’s approximately 128 stories I’ve written in 2013 alone. I have my favorites. Those I don’t need to review the year’s blog entries to remember. But when I scanned the entirety of blog posts for 2013, I discovered a few more goodies that I’d clean forgotten about. Then, I took a look at some website analytics to review my readers’ favorite blog posts and re-discovered a couple more.

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  • Gathering Round the Palm Tree

    This time of year, there’s much attention given to a particular kind of tree—the Christmas tree. In Hawaii, there’s another tree around which people have gathered much meaning—the coconut palm tree. Year-round, the lazy, swaying palm tree has come to represent romance and the ease of life attributed to life—vacation—in the tropics. But sometimes, in December, the palm tree gets dressed up in red and green and serves another role.

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  • Give Great Gifts that Do Good

    Hokulea in Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii. Photo by Kim Steutermann RogersA few years ago, I decided to do away with the stress of gift-buying and started a new tradition. Many of you probably already do this. Instead of giving individuals gifts to everyone on my Christmas list, I consolidated all that money and made a sizeable (sizeable to me) donation to a local charity that was important to me. Then, I sent a note with a photograph depicting the donation to those on my gift list.

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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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  • A Day in Sunny Poipu

    Destination: Kauai

    old koloa sugar mill and old trucksWhile tramping around "Sunny Poipu" on Kauai's South Shore with my Big Girl Camera, my iPhone, and fellow photographer Anne, the periodic rain showers that darkened the skies—seemingly out of nowhere and, then, disappeared with equal ease—conspired to keep us moving from one end of Kauai’s South Shore to the other, as we resorted to photographic techniques to make the best of each situation. Because that’s the other thing I like about photographers: They are adept at making lemonade out of lemons. Here’s the day’s itinerary in "getting the shot" this past Sunday. Camera or no, this would make for a nice way to spend a day on Kauai’s South Shore.

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  • Improve Your Eyesight. Go on Vacation.

    I drove six miles into town today. I passed a burger stand, general store, post office and a beautiful beach that stretches along the coastline on Kauai’s East Side. And I don’t remember a thing about it. I don’t remember whether I had to brake for someone in front of me to turn left into the parking area above the East Side walking path. Or whether the ocean was glassy or the wind was blowing the tops off the waves at Kealia Beach.

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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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  • Surviving Flossie and Waikiki Tip Sheet #1

    night photograph of diamond head photo credit kim steutermann rogersBut Flossie didn’t materialize in the way weather forecasters had predicted. The tropical storm was downgraded to a tropical depression as it made its way across the Hawaiian Island chain, starting with Hawaii Island and moving northwest. By the time it arrived in Kauai this morning, the local paper had already printed its front page headline, “Flossie Fizzles.”

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  • What I Have Discovered about Hawaii, Life and Me in 500 Blog Posts

    kim steutermann rogers behind the cameraThis blog post marks the 500th such one I’ve written (or edited) on behalf of Outrigger Hotels & Resorts. It’s as good a reason as any to reflect on the past five years. And so, in no particular order and no rhyme or reason, here is my list of what I’ve discovered about Hawaii, life and me in 500 blog posts.

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