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“Fly” to the Islands

January 28, 2014

American Memorial Park on Saipan Island in the CNMI

Have you ever wanted to travel to all the national parks in the Pacific islands? I am talking about Hawaii, Saipan, American Samoa, and Guam!

It would be very expensive and time consuming.

Take, for example, the National Park of American Samoa. This park is spread out over 3 different islands: Tutuila, Ofu-Olosega, and Tau.

Wouldn’t it be interesting to “fly” to these islands using Google Earth and learn exactly where Tau is?

With this app (for computer or smartphone), you can get a great aerial view of the parks, and develop a sense of the vast distances among these amazing places, as well as the mainland United States.

The Google app gives you information about the parks through NPS park and Inventory & Monitoring web sites. The app also provides a touring section which locates points of interest in the vicinity of the park you are visiting.

The app is so easy to use. Just contact me at: and I will email you a small KML file to drop into Google Earth to get you started.  Happy travels.

—Scott Kichman, GIS Specialist

NPS Pacific Island Network Inventory & Monitoring Program


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