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Hawaii Gets Big Google Street View Update

June 19th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Hawaii, Miscellaneous, Technology, The Web

Google at Hanauma Bay

Google today added over 200 popular Hawaii visitor attractions, historical sites, resorts, parks, schools, and golf courses to its Google Street View collection. And the expansion takes Google’s 360-degree imagery of the Aloha State beyond the open road. The announcement was made at a special media event at Hanauma Bay this morning (more photos here).

Google Trike at KCCJust about a year ago, I wrote about how the Google team was in Hawaii, turning heads at it deployed the Google Trike, a specially outfitted three­wheel pedicab, to collect island imagery in places a car or van couldn’t go.

At the time, the focus was on Hawaii’s college campuses, as the Google Trike had turned up at Kapiolani Community College. University of Hawaii CIO David Lassner told me that Google would be collecting imagery at all of its Oahu campuses, and hopefully a few on the neighbor islands.

But schools were just the tip of the iceberg. As expected, you can now take a walking tour of the KCC campus. But Google’s announcement covered a whole lot more.

While Google did expand its already extensive Google Street View coverage on all the main Hawaiian islands (Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Lanai, Molokai and the Big Island), the company today highlighted the many local partners — public and private — that allowed them to visit and create virtual tours.

So starting today, you can now zoom all the way in on Google Maps and use Google Street View to explore the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium, ‘Iolani Palace, Hanauma Bay and Kualoa Ranch, among other locations. (Imagery for the zoo and Wet N’ Wild water park actually went live a few weeks ago.) National parks like the U.S.S. Arizona and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island are also included, as are popular attractions like the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui.

But the special collections don’t just target Hawaii visitors. In addition to the aforementioned college campuses (on Oahu and the Big Island), you can get an immersive, up close look at dozens of neighborhood and beach parks. Four parks in my neighborhood of Mililani alone are represented, and you can check out Ka’ena Point, Waimanalo Beach Park, Liliuokalani Botanical Garden in Hilo, or Lydgate Park on Kauai.

For map nerds and Google fans in Hawaii, this is a huge update… and one that makes Apple’s ongoing shift to its own mapping solution a little less exciting.

Here are photos from today’s event:

And here is the list of new Google Maps locations in Hawaii below. It’s a long list, and I can’t wait to start exploring them. Any favorites?

Popular Destinations

  • Aloha Stadium
  • Diamond Head Crater Park
  • Dole Plantation
  • Foster Botanical Garden
  • Harold L Lyon Arboretum
  • Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
  • Honolulu Zoo
  • Iolani Palace
  • Kapiolani Park
  • Kualoa Ranch
  • National Tropical Botanical Garden
  • Nuuanu Pali Lookout
  • Old Lahaina Luau
  • Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens
  • Polynesian Cultural Center
  • Sea Life Park Hawaii
  • USS Arizona Memorial Park
  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Waikiki Aquarium
  • Wet N Wild Hawaii

Resorts & Golf Courses

  • Aston At Papakea Resort
  • Aston Islander on the Beach
  • Aston Maui Banyan
  • Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas
  • Four Seasons Resort at Hualalai
  • Hilton Waikoloa Village
  • Honua Kai Resort
  • Kaanapali Beach Walk
  • Kapalua Golf Club Bay Course
  • Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course
  • Kauai Beach Resort
  • Kiahuna Golf Club
  • Maui Country Club
  • Maui Lani Golf Course
  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
  • Mauna Kea & Hapuna Golf Course
  • Naniloa Volcanoes Resort
  • Sheraton Kauai Resort
  • Waiehu Golf Course
  • Wailea Emerald Golf Course
  • Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Village

Other Destinations

  • Kauai Coffee Museum And Visitor Center
  • Keanapou Fishpond
  • King Kamehameha Statue (Big Island)
  • Kukuiula Village Shopping Center
  • West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery

Universities

  • Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • Hawaii Community College Monono Campus
  • Honolulu Community College
  • Kapiolani Community College
  • Leeward Community College
  • University Of Hawaii At Hilo
  • University Of Hawaii At Manoa
  • Windward Community College

Local Parks & Recreation Areas

  • Aiea District Park
  • Aikahi Community Park
  • Aina Haina Community Park
  • Ainahau Triangle
  • Aina Koa Park
  • Ala Moana Regional Park
  • Ala Puumalu Community Park
  • Ala Wai Community Park
  • Alewa Neighborhood Park
  • Asing Community Park
  • Beretania Community Park
  • Booth District Park
  • Carl Smith Beach Park
  • Cartwright Neighborhood Park
  • Central Oahu Regional Park
  • Crane Playground
  • Decorte Neighborhood Park
  • Dole Park
  • Enchanted Lake Park
  • Ewa Beach Community Park
  • Ewa Beach Park
  • Hahalone Neighborhood Park
  • Halawa District Park
  • Haleiwa Ali’i Beach Park
  • Haleiwa Beach Park
  • Harold H. Higashihara Park
  • Heeia Neighborhood Park
  • Hoaeae Community Park
  • Hokuahiahi Park
  • Honokaa Park
  • Honolulu City Fern Park
  • Honolulu City Lanakila Park
  • Honolulu City Maunalani Park
  • Honolulu Stadium State Park
  • Hoolulu Park
  • Kaena Point State Park
  • Kahala Community Park
  • Kahaluu Regional Park
  • Kahi Kani Park
  • Kahuku District Park
  • Kaiaka Bay Beach Park
  • Kailua Beach Park
  • Kailua District Park
  • Kaimuki Community Park
  • Kalaheo Park
  • Kalakaua Recreation Center
  • Kalama Beach Park
  • Kalama Valley Park
  • Kalihi Waena Neighborhood Park
  • Kalopa Native Forest State Park
  • Kamaio Neighborhood Park
  • Kamananui Neighborhood Park
  • Kamehameha Park
  • KamiloIki Community Park
  • KamiloIki Neighborhood Park
  • Kaneohe Beach Park
  • Kaneohe Community Park
  • Kaneohe District Park
  • Kaomaaiku Neighborhood Park
  • Kapaolono Community Park
  • Kapiolani Regional Park
  • Kapolei Regional Park
  • Kapunahala Neighborhood Park
  • Kauai Multi-use Path
  • Kawaikui Beach Park
  • Kealohi Neighborhood Park
  • Keehi Lagoon Park
  • Kilauea District Park
  • Kipapa Park
  • Koko Head Park
  • Kuahelani Neighborhood Park
  • Kualoa Regional Park
  • Kuhio Beach & Sans Souci Park
  • Kuliouou Park
  • Kupuohi Neighborhood Park
  • Laenani Neighborhood Park
  • Laie Beach Park
  • Laie Point State Wayside
  • Lava Tree State Park
  • Lehua Community Park
  • Liliuokalani Botanical Garden
  • Lydgate State Park
  • Maili Community Park
  • Makaha Community Park
  • Makakilo Community Park
  • Makakilo Neighborhood Park
  • Makapuu Beach Park
  • Makaunulau Community Park
  • Makena State Park
  • Makiki District Park and Library
  • Malaekahana State Recreation Area
  • Manana Kai Neighborhood Park
  • Manana Playground
  • Manoa Valley District Park
  • Maukalani Neighborhood Park
  • Maunawili Park
  • Melemanu Neighborhood Park
  • Mililani District Park
  • Mililani Mauka District Park
  • Mililani Waena Park
  • Mililani Neighborhood Park
  • Moanalua Community Park
  • Mohouli Park
  • Mother Waldron Neighborhood Park
  • Nani Mau Gardens
  • Neal S. Blaisdell Park
  • Nehu Park
  • Niu Valley Park
  • Noholoa Neighborhood Park
  • Nuuanu Valley Park
  • Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area
  • Palailai Neighborhood Park
  • Palolo Valley District Park
  • Pearl City District Park
  • Petrie Playground
  • Pililaau Community Park
  • Placheco Playground
  • Pohakupu Mini Park
  • Punaluu County Beach Park
  • Puohala Neighborhood Park
  • Puuloa Neighborhood Park
  • Puunui Community Park
  • Puu Ualakaa State Wayside
  • Rainbow Falls State Park
  • Salt Lake District Park
  • Samuel M Spencer Beach Park
  • Sand Island State Recreation Area
  • South Of Punaluu County Beach Park
  • Sunset Beach Neighborhood Park
  • Sunset Beach Support Park
  • Vidinha Stadium
  • Waahila Ridge State Recreation Area
  • Wahiawa District Park
  • WaiaholeBeach Park
  • Waialae Beach Park
  • Waialae Iki Park
  • Waianae District Park
  • Waiaula District Park
  • Waiau Neighborhood Park
  • Wailea Ulua Mokapu Beach Parks
  • Wailoa Center and Park
  • Wailuku River State Park
  • Wailupe Beach Park
  • Wailupe Playground
  • Waimalu Neighborhood Park
  • Waimanalo Beach Park
  • Waimanalo District Park
  • Waimea Bay Beach Park
  • Waimea State Recreation Pier
  • Waipahu District Park
  • Waipahu Uka Neighborhood Park
  • Waipio Neighborhood Park
  • Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park
  • West Hawaii Civic Center
  • West Loch Shoreline Park
  • Whitemore Community Park
  • Whittington Park
  • Waimanalo Bay State Recreation Area
  • Waimea State Recreation Pier

Update: Here is the official announcement on the Google blog. Also, I noted that the Google Street View team missed most of Mililani Town during their last update. I’m happy to say my neighborhood is now fully mapped!

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