Google Street View Captures Hawaiian Beaches, Spectacular Scenery

 
 
By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-03-14 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

When Google began loaning out one of its Street View Trekker backpack-mounted, 360-degree cameras to community organizations in June of 2013, the first Trekker volunteers to use it was a group from the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB). The idea was simple: to let volunteers who really know their communities take the Trekkers out to capture spectacular images that highlight the landscapes and cities surrounding them. Well, the HVCB volunteers sure didn't disappoint. The stunning color images of Hawaii's coasts, national parks and other gorgeous natural areas were unveiled online by Google Street View on March 6, showcasing the wide variety of scenery that visitors to and residents of Hawaii get to enjoy. The HVCB even put together a helpful "treks" Web page to show visitors the areas that were covered using Trekker and to display many of the amazing images. The photographs were taken on the Big Island of Hawaii and Oahu. Included is the lovely and tropical Hapuna Beach, as well as images of a volcanic crater along the Kilauea Iki Trail. Also included are the petroglyphs, or lava rock carvings, in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and a magnificent waterfall at Akaka Falls State Park. Click through these images to see the beauty that awaits visitors to the Hawaiian Islands. (All photos from Google Street View/Hawaii)

 
 
 
  • Google Street View Captures Hawaiian Beaches, Spectacular Scenery

    by Todd R. Weiss
    1 - Google Street View Captures Hawaiian Beaches, Spectacular Scenery
  • Pololu Valley Cliffs

    On the Pololu Valley Awini Trail on the Big Island, the spectacular cliffs and ocean views are stunning, with rich colors and amazing natural light. Visitors can park their cars and walk out onto the trail at the end of Highway 720 to begin their explorations, according to the HVCB.
    2 - Pololu Valley Cliffs
  • Trail View of the Pololu Valley

    This is an up-close look at the Pololu Valley Awini Trail, where visitors can walk and take in all of the lovely scenery along the coast on the Big Island.
    3 - Trail View of the Pololu Valley
  • Petroglyphs Found in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

    The Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, known as "kii pohaku" in Hawaiian, are lava rock carvings made by Native Hawaiians, according to the HVCB. The largest group of these artifacts is found in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where more than 23,000 images are visible. Here are some of the lava outcrops that can be observed along the path to the petroglyphs field.
    4 - Petroglyphs Found in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Carving in Solidified Lava

    This is one of the thousands of petroglyphs carved in the solidified lava. The image of two people and related designs can be observed.
    5 - Carving in Solidified Lava
  • More Petroglyphs Carved Into Rock Outcroppings

    Here are other design-intensive petroglyphs carved into rock outcroppings near the ocean.
    6 - More Petroglyphs Carved Into Rock Outcroppings
  • Sunset on a Beach on the Big Island

    This image captures a dramatic sunset on the beach in Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, where visitors can choose from several trails that lead to sacred temples and two must-see Hawaiian fishponds that show the engineering acuity of Native Hawaiians, according to the HVCB.
    7 - Sunset on a Beach on the Big Island
  • Smooth Sands of Hapuna Beach

    At the Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, visitors can relax and play on the smooth sands of this gorgeous paradise. Hapuna Beach is considered as one of the Hawaiian Island's finest beaches, according to the HVCB, with excellent conditions for swimming, bodyboarding, sunbathing and snorkeling.
    8 - Smooth Sands of Hapuna Beach
  • Tranquil Bay at Hapuna Beach

    Here a quiet, colorful and tranquil bay is shown on the north end of Hapuna Beach—the perfect place to enjoy some solitude and reflection in this gorgeous landscape.
    9 - Tranquil Bay at Hapuna Beach
  • Waves Cresting at Hapuna Beach

    Healthy-sized waves break and crest along Hapuna Beach, providing lovely views and challenging water conditions for visitors.
    10 - Waves Cresting at Hapuna Beach
  • Kau Forest Reserve

    Not all of Hawaii is beaches and waves. In the Kau Forest Reserve, a critical watershed is present that provides fresh water for residents, according to the HVCB. The forest includes a native ecosystem for endangered indigenous birds and plants. There are no designated state-managed hiking trails in this forest, so visitors are able to see it through Google Street View.
    11 - Kau Forest Reserve
  • Rim of a Crater

    On the challenging 11-mile Crater Rim Trail in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, visitors can explore an active volcano and see spectacular views like this one of the rim of the crater. Much of the trail is closed due to volcanic activity in Halemaumau crater, according to the HVCB, but visitors are able to see lots of wildlife and amazing scenery.
    12 - Rim of a Crater
  • Hardened Lava Rock Flows

    Huge, hardened lava rock flows are also visible along the Crater Rim Trail, as seen in this dramatic image.
    13 - Hardened Lava Rock Flows
  • Volcano Crater on the Kilauea Iki Trail

    This huge volcano crater dominates this scene on the Kilauea Iki Trail in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where good hiking shoes will be needed by those who want to take on the challenging trail, according to the HVCB. The trail descends 400 feet to the crater floor, where steam vents and the Puu Puai cinder cone are also visible.
    14 - Volcano Crater on the Kilauea Iki Trail
  • Lava Rock on the Kilauea Iki Trail

    Here is another view along the Kilauea Iki Trail, where a field of hardened lava stretches into the horizon.
    15 - Lava Rock on the Kilauea Iki Trail
  • Hawaii's Largest Cinder Cone

    In the Pu'u wa'a wa'a Cinder Cone State Park, Hawaii's largest cinder cone can be found, the result of lava that cooled into the shape of a cone after it was ejected from a volcano.
    16 - Hawaii's Largest Cinder Cone
  • This Isn't Africa

    In the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, the flora and fauna of a native Hawaiian forest can be explored, provided you have reservations when you visit, according to the HVCB. In this image, it doesn't look like a lush forest that one might expect to find in Hawaii, but appears to be a dry forest that might be found in Africa.
    17 - This Isn't Africa
  • 442-Foot Akaka Falls

    Located in Akaka Falls State Park on the northeastern Hamakua Coast of Hawaii, the 442-foot-high Akaka Falls provides a breathtaking backdrop for a visit to the area, as shown in this spectacular image. Visitors travel through a lush rain forest to reach the falls, according to the HVCB, where they can also visit the nearby 100-foot Kahuna Falls.
    18 - 442-Foot Akaka Falls
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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