Oahu and Google Maps Join Forces

Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau has joined Google Map’s Trekker Loan Program to photograph more of Oahu By: Natalie Chudnovsky
Curt Cottrell of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources treks the Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline on Oahu with a Google Street View camera....
Curt Cottrell of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources treks the Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline on Oahu with a Google Street View camera. // © 2014 DLNR

Want to virtually stroll down the Puu Puai Trail to prepare for a hike? Or daydream through the Heeia State Park, tucked in bed with a cup of tea? Panoramic images of Oahu’s parks and trails are now just an Internet connection and a few keystrokes away. The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HCVB) is the first to participate in Google Map’s Trekker Loan Program, which allows third parties to capture imagery for Google Maps. Teams from Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources and HCVB trudged through Oahu with 40-pound backpacks that carried a Google Street View camera, and the photos they took allow travelers to experience the wonders of the island from the comfort of an office armchair. The program will broaden to other islands in the future. www.gohawaii.com/treks/oahu
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