Google Street View Coming to the Big Island… Google Car Here Now!

Picture of a Google Street View Car courtesy of Wikipedia

Whoo Hoo!!! It’s on the Big Island!

I just read on Facebook by Big Island on the Cheap columnist Leslie Lang that the Google Street View car is on the Big Island.

Leslie writes:

Just saw Google car with enormous camera mounted on top drive up Kanoelehua Ave in Hilo. Google Maps, here we come.

Google Street View premiered in Hawaii last year, and even got a shot of Oahu blogger Ian Lind’s driveway.

I wonder if the car will make it’s way out to Pahoa!  I would imagine if it could drive all the way down to the lava viewing area it could get some incredible shots for it’s viewers!

14 Responses

  1. No HPP for some reason : (

  2. It’s up as of today! Really slow…must be a bunch of peeps hittin it. Plus I have google earth pro, so not sure if it’s on the regular version yet.

  3. still wondering what’s taking them so long…politics my guess. Probably trying to extort money from the tourism board (or visa versa).

  4. Does anyone know when the street view will be available? I’ve tried several versions of google searches but nothing comes up. I wanna see it already!!

  5. wonder what’s taking them so long : (

  6. I saw the car this morning near Shipman Park. I was heading to Hilo and it was headed up towards Kurtistown. I thought I was seeing things til I read all these posts! I can’t wait to see what gets put up.

  7. I was visiting on vacation, and on our last day while driving on 11 near Kurtistown we saw it. We pulled over and let it pass and drove behind it for a couple of miles. Cant wait to see it on Google maps!!

  8. As long as they do a decent job getting Google map data closer to reality. I hate it telling me I’m driving in a lava field or through a building when I’m clearly (hopefully) not.

  9. My wife and I saw the car a few weeks ago the Puainako intersection near Kuhio Plaza leaving Hilo. The roof camera was tilted back with a tarp on it. I guess it pivots up into position. It will be interesting to see how Google will violate Hawaiian privacy.

  10. We saw it on 130 across from Keaau High this afternoon about 3:00 and I recall Native FM posted on their Facebook page yesterday that it was driving down Kaloli. So clearly we are being mapped out here in Puna.

  11. I also saw it today around 3pm, driving down 130 (about the 3 mile marker) back toward the Volcano highway.

    I drive too much, I think.

    • Ha! Ha! Ha! I’m dieing to see it and you see it twice in one day. Argh! Eh – No lie… you playing Google Car Chaser like an attorney with an ambulance? LOL

      Hell, if I saw that car… I’m sure I’d turn around… follow it… pass it real slow… get in front of it… stop it… the works. LOL

  12. This car was in Ainaloa and Orchidland around 2:30 today. Saw em cruising down Ainaloa Blvd. and I was like WTF? Cool to know they will be mapping us out. Now the fam on the mainland will hopefully be able to check us out…SHOOTZ!!

  13. What I’m looking forward to is to see if the car drives down some of the many un-mapped roads.

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