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Google, HVCB to map Hawaii hiking trails

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 04:28 p.m. HST, Jun 27, 2013

Google and the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau will use Google’s Street View Trekker equipment to collect 360-degree images of Hawaii.

In this first-of-its-kind partnership, the initial phase of the image collection, using equipment deployed via backpack, will focus on Hawaii’s most popular hiking trails.

The initial mapping phase will commence on Hawaii island this month in partnership with Kailua-Kona-based Hawaii Forest and Trail.

A team from Google has been on the Big Island this week, introducing HVCB and Hawaii Forest and Trail staff to the Trekker equipment, and practicing on various trails including to the Pololu Valley Lookout, Akaka Falls State Park and inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, according to an HVCB statement.

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localhaole wrote:
Awesome! Just make sure they stay on state-sanctioned trails!
on June 27,2013 | 11:26AM
konag43 wrote:
no one should be hiking our trails unless they are acconpanied by a licsened hiker that has completed an offical hiking program class.
on June 27,2013 | 11:56AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Don't hike, do ya?
on June 27,2013 | 04:50PM
Fred01 wrote:
Wow! You are dumb! How dare you call them "our trails." NOT YOURS!
on June 27,2013 | 05:09PM
false wrote:
Great, so HFD gotta go rescue these guys when they get lost or fall down...
on June 27,2013 | 12:08PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Great. As if we don't have enough problems with hikers needing to be rescued at least on a weekly basis, you are now going to tempt tourists with just enough information to get them into bigger trouble? Well, then let the HVCB foot the bill for their rescue. This is a classic case of the Law of Unintended Consequences.
on June 27,2013 | 12:59PM
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