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Facebook now recognizes difference between 2 Kailuas

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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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