The Līhu’e Loop is an ongoing project to promote physical activity in Līhu’e’s town core on the island of Kaua’i. Over the last several months Get Fit Kauai’s Lihue Loop Action Group Jaxon Communications, CKTV Media Productions, and Kaua‘i High’s STEM program have been working to bring this wonderful project to life for the community. In the coming years the Līhu’e Loop Community Action Group (LLAG), coordinated by Get Fit Kaua‘i, endeavors to use information technology to generate and sustain interest in exploring the walking audio tours that start and end at the centrally located Kalena Park.

The Līhu’e Loop project is a 1.3-mile Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour from Kalena Park around Hardy Street, Eiwa Street, and Rice Street. There are 19 points of interest, each point is significant to the history and culture of Līhu’e town.

Tour-goers use their mobile devices to access the Līhu’e Loop stories. Each point of interest has a QR Medallion that a user must scan in order to access story audio files about Līhu’e’s unique heritage, living culture, and aspirations for a vibrant future. Closed captioning (CC) is also available for each point of interest and is accessible through the QR code.

19 Points of Interest (POI) were selected by the Lihue Loop Action Group (LLAG), each of these points represent something significant about Lihue’s history and vibrant culture. Designated LLAG members served as subject matter experts for different POI’s which provided all the necessary information needed for the audio files.

Twenty-two, 7th, and 8th graders in the Level 2 Advanced Media Productions Class at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School created the audio stories heard in the walking audio tour. Using Pat Griffin’s book, “Lihue – Root and Branch of a Hawaii Town” as their guide, they researched each point of interest and spoke to community experts to learn more about our town. Some even spoke to family members or neighbors for their information. Students then wrote their own scripts, recorded themselves, and worked with community experts to get audio files created remotely to be included in their stories. The audio was then edited (and in many cases re-edited!) until it was ready. Eight weeks and many revisions later, their stories are now being heard on the Lihue Loop Walking Audio Tour.

Kaua‘i High School is part of Hawaii’s STEMworks Program. STEMworks™ is an innovative, impactful, and relevant approach to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education! Working on the Lihue Loop Project, 3D models were rendered using open-source software such as OnShape and Blender, and then with Prusa and Ender 3D printers using 1.75 PLA filament, the QR medallions mounted along the route were created.

The Lihue Loop kick-off week was from Sunday, May 16 – May 23, 2020. 127 participants walked the loop on its grand opening week and 133 people have registered to be a Lihue Loop member.
In the opening week, the Lihue Loop scavenger hunt was created. Participants had to find the answers to specific questions at certain points. 41 Participants played in the scavenger hunt. Mahalo for joining us!