Summer is quickly drawing to a close, leaving many with a twinge of wanderlust.
Not to worry—starting today, you can virtually explore Oahu’s most popular hiking trails, parks, historical sites and beaches using Street View Trekker on Google Maps and a special page hosted by GoHawaii.com.
See 360-degree views of Oahu’s most amazing locations, including Waikiki Beach, Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, Pali Lookout, Sunset Beach, Manoa Falls Trail, Byodo-In Temple, and many more. Whether it’s gauging the terrain of a hike or virtually exploring some of the world’s best beaches, the natural beauty of Hawaii is now at your fingertips.
Similar panoramic images are also featured on a special GoHawaii.com page dedicated to Hawaii Island, where the partnership between the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) and Google Maps began last year.
How exactly are these interactive images captured? Trained teams from the State of Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and HVCB trek each site utilizing Google’s Trekker equipment—a 40-pound backpack with Google’s Street View camera that takes 75-megapixel, 360-degree panoramic, high-resolution images with 15 lenses.
HVCB is the first to participate in the Trekker Loan Program—a program that enables third party organizations to contribute imagery to Google Maps.
The program will expand to the other islands in phases and more content will be added to the sites over time as new imagery becomes available.
More information about the Trekker initiative on Oahu and Hawaii Island is available on Google’s Long Lat blog.
-by So Much More Hawaii Staff