Features A mishmash of family fun and news By Star-Advertiser staff July 21, 2012 Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! COURTESY PHOTOKroc Center is offering multimedia space exploration presentations on July 29 and Aug. 26. Read more Mahalo for reading the Honolulu Star-Advertiser! You're reading a premium story. Read the full story with our Print & Digital Subscription. Subscribe Now Read this story for free: Watch an ad or complete a survey Log In Already a subscriber? Log in now to continue reading this story. Activate Digital Account Print subscriber but without online access? Activate your Digital Account now. Google lets homebound visit isle sites If you’re stuck inside on a rainy day, take the kids on a virtual tour of the Honolulu Zoo or wander the grounds of ‘Iolani Palace with newly expanded coverage of Google Street View. You can now get a panoramic preview of numerous attractions without leaving the house on six of Hawaii’s islands, including Waikiki Beach, Waimea Bay, the USS Arizona Memorial Museum, Kualoa Ranch and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. More than 200 popular Hawaii visitor attractions, as well as resorts and golf courses, are available. To get a street-level view of Honolulu Zoo, visit http://g.co/maps/za7xr. You see a little bit of the entrance and the duck pond in front, plus a few peacocks strolling the grounds. Then start your tour, virtually walking past the former home of the elephants being cleaned up by zoo employees (Google filmed the zoo before the current exhibit opened), to the gibbons swinging on trees on their islands, and all the way back into the Savannah to see the wild dogs, wart hogs and giraffes. The link to ‘Iolani Palace — http://goo.gl/maps/nr31 — shows the front steps leading up to the palace as well as the gazebo and surrounding grounds. See the entrance to Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii at http://goo.gl/maps/KB6Z, drive through the lava fields on Hawaii island (http://goo.gl/3Hrnu), tour movie sets at Kualoa Ranch (http://goo.gl/qCaAa) or dream about sitting on the beach at Waimea Bay (http://goo.gl/y91HO) without leaving your desk. Google partnered with the city and local attractions to collect the imagery via its Street View trike, which is a three-wheeled pedicab topped with cameras. Google plans to continue to expand the number of attractions on Google Street View, according to spokeswoman Laura Gardner Smith, but the Mountain View, Calif.-based company would not give specifics of what’s next or when. — Nina Wu Get universe updates at Kroc Center Most kids are fascinated by the possibilities associated with space exploration. Learn more about the latest research into the universe at the Kroc Center’s monthly multimedia presentations, featuring the most recent images, videos and findings, 1 to 2 p.m. July 29 and Aug. 26. The interactive presentations, offered by the Solar System Ambassadors Program, also provide time for Q&A. Cost is $14, $10 youth and free to Kroc Center members. Call 682-5505. — Star-Advertiser staff Previous Story Pixie Next Story Sensuality put in view in 'Dreams'