Potential Hawaii visitors can now virtually explore a number of popular Oahu trails, historical sites and beaches with the new Street View Trekker online technology available at Google Maps.

The project was completed in partnership with the Hawaii Visitors and Conventions Bureau (HVCB) and the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources, using a 40-pound backpack equipped with Google’s Street View camera outfitted with 15 lenses.

Web browsers can know explore iconic Oahu locations like Waikiki Beach, Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, the Pali Lookout, Sunset Beach and the Manoa Falls Trail all from the comfort of their favorite online device.

The new content is also available at the HVCB’s GoHawaii.com site, aimed at showcasing Oahu’s appeal to potential travelers already exploring the state’s official tourism webpage.

“We hope the panoramic imagery on GoHawaii.com will not only inspire and inform, but also help our agent community communicate the uniqueness of our destination by bringing the Hawaiian Islands a little closer to their clients in a very contemporary fashion,” HVCB President and CEO John Monahan said in a statement.

“We’re very pleased that this partnership has allowed us to be the first destination in the world with this technological solution to our agents’ and their clients’ needs,” he added.

Similar imagery and online access to the Big Island of Hawaii’s trails, beaches and historical sites has been available on the HVCB site since 2013.

Visit here for the new interactive Oahu imagery.
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