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Facebook now recognizes difference between 2 Kailuas

By Sam Eifling

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:35 p.m. HST, Apr 04, 2014

Facebook made fixes this week to distinguish between Kailua, a town on the island of Oahu, and Kailua-Kona, a town on the Big Island.

People in Kailua have for years complained that Facebook didn't recognize their town of 40,000 people as a geographical location. This led many Kailua residents and businesses to select Kailua-Kona as their hometown.

This led to frustration and confusion for locals and visitors alike. The towns are separated by more than 100 miles of open ocean.

State lawmakers introduced a resolution calling for Facebook to untangle the mess. After news coverage and a hearing on the resolution, maps on Facebook placed the cities on their correct islands. Users also had the option to locate themselves in Kailua.

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XML808 wrote:
I'm glad our hard-working lawmakers were able to get this done without a special session.
on April 4,2014 | 12:25PM
paniolo wrote:
Did they also correct Wailua on Kauai and Maui; Waimea on Kauai and Big Island; Kunia by Schofield Barracks and Royal Kunia (hardly see anybody use Royal Kunia anymore) by Waipahu? There's other places in the State that share the same name that are located in 2 places.
on April 4,2014 | 12:41PM
droid wrote:
Barry Obama didn’t want any of his staff to “check in” on Facebook and identify his vacation rental. So he told Facebook to erase Kailua from the map. Gotta love that “executive privilege.”

Guess people noticed, so they had to put it back.
on April 4,2014 | 12:59PM
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