As if you needed more reasons to get outside this summer: grab your mobile device and check out the Lihue Loop! Created by Get Fit Kauaʻi, the loop is a 1.3-mile self-guided walking tour that begins and ends at Kalena Park.  The tour takes you through the Kauaʻi town of Līhuʻe spotlighting 19 historic and scenic sights along the way (indicated by QR codes).  Tour-goers will enjoy amusing, fascinating, and sometimes curious details about Līhuʻe places, culture and history.  

The audio you hear on the walk is provided by Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School (CKMS) Advanced Media class, led by teacher Kevin Matsunaga. Matsunaga saw the Līhuʻe Loop as a way to help the community while teaching his students. The students searched for little-known facts about well-known places in town, interviewed subject matter experts, and then created downloadable audio files for each location.

Educator Leah Awohi teaches Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEMworks) at Kauaʻi High School. Her students took on the challenge of constructing durable QR code medallions that are posted at each of the 19 point of interest locations.

The Līhuʻe Loop is a community-driven project involving so many people, organizations, and institutions. Get Fit Kauaʻi, Kauaʻi Cares, Kauaʻi Path, County of Kauaʻi, Līhuʻe  Business Association, Rice Street Business Association, Jaxon Communications, The Garden Island Newspaper, For Kauaʻi Magazine, KONG Radio, Na Lei Wili Area Health Education Center, and countless volunteers! Funding for the Līhuʻe Loop project was provided by Kaiser Permanente and the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health.

Take part in the Līhuʻe Loop Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win great prizes! The scavenger hunt is fun for the whole family, and the best part? You can play it as many times as you want! While you play, you may learn something new (fact or fiction: the world’s very first ice cream cone was invented in Līhuʻe…)

It’s fun! It’s free! It’s for the whole family! To download the map and instructions, go to lihueloop.com. For the best audio experience, earphones and a fully charged phone are recommended. Closed captioning is also available for each point of interest and is accessible through the QR code. See you on the loop!