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More PMNM Locations Go Live on Google Street View

Screenshot of Pearl and Hermes Atoll on Google Streetview.
Screenshot of Pearl and Hermes Atoll on Google Streetview. Credit: Google Maps
Kālewa Correa captures 3D spatial imagery with the Google Street View Trekker.
No, that’s not a cell phone - Kālewa Correa captures 3D spatial imagery with the Google Street View Trekker and a hand-held GPS on East Island at French Frigate Shoals. Credit: Ty Benally/USFWS

















Bringing more of the place to the people with Google Street View

In 2012, Google Street View went live with the first 3D spatial imagery from Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. Now internet users can also take a virtual tour of Tern and East Islands at French Frigate Shoals, Laysan Island, Lisianski Island, and Pearl and Hermes Atoll, all part of the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge within the Monument.

Laysan and black-footed Albatross along the shore of Lisianski Island.
Laysan and black-footed Albatross along the shore of Lisianski Island. Credit: Google Maps

During July 2013, PMNM staff from NOAA and FWS spent one week in the Monument covering 41 miles and capturing thousands of panoramic images of the incredible features of the Monument with the Google Street View Trekker. On December 11, 2013, the images went live on Google Maps.

PMNM has collaborated with Google to use digital imagery and Web technology to bring Papahānaumokuākea to a broader audience and expand PMNM’s efforts to "bring the place to the people."


To view the incredible imagery, follow these links:
  1. Tern Island (French Frigate Shoals)
  2. East Island (French Frigate Shoals)
  3. Laysan Island
  4. Lisianski Island
  5. Pearl and Hermes Atoll
  6. Midway Atoll
 A view of the Laysan shoreline with a monk seal sunning in the sand.
A view of the Laysan shoreline with a monk seal sunning in the sand. Credit: Google Maps
A green sea turtle comes ashore at Pearl and Hermes Atoll.
A green sea turtle comes ashore at Pearl and Hermes Atoll. Credit: Google Maps















Read the press release.