Be here now! Sort of. Hawaii panoramas added to Google Street Viewby: Chris Bailey
posted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 at 05:12 PM
Google has taken to the streets of Hawaii to put you in Hawaii even when you can't be here.
The ever-expanding lead Internet search engine recently included Hawaii in its Street View feature. An extension of Google’s popular Google Maps navigation service, Street View offers up 360-degree, ground-level panoramas of cities, neighborhoods, and other notable landmarks across America and around the world.
With the addition of Hawaii, Google Street View panoramas are now available from all 50 U.S. states.
So far, only Oahu and select Maui streets are part of Google Street Views Hawaii. You'll find panorama views from almost every street, highway, freeway and cul de sac on Oahu. But Maui views are so far limited to major sections of south, central and west Maui.
Lahaina, Kapalua, Wailea, Kihei and Kahului? Got it. Makawao, Paia, Upcountry Maui, the Mount Haleakala Highway and famously scenic drive to Hana? Not yet.
Also not covered by Google Street View Hawaii yet? Any street panoramas from Kauai, the Big Island of Hawaii, Molokai or Lanai. For now, Google is mum on when street-level views from the other Hawaiian Islands will be included in the service.
The Street View navigation service is the second of two major Hawaii-related innovations from Google this year. In August, Google added a search engine interface to accommodate the Hawaiian language, designed by a team of Hawaii-based translators.
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