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Google misspells Lahaina, but names it Hawaii’s 2014 eCity


Google has named Lahaina, Maui, as the 2014 eCity for the state of Hawaii. 

The annual awards recognize the strongest online business communities in all 50 states. This year’s winners range from Homer, Alaska, to Cheyenne, Wyoming.

In a news release by Google and its public relations company announcing the award, Lahaina is misspelled five times as “Lahania,” though it is correctly spelled in the headline and in the quote from Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa.

“This award is a solid indication of how progressive and tech-savvy our business community in Lahaina has become,” he said, in the news release.

“I am very proud of the West-side businesses whose online presence contributes to our county’s economy by garnering national and international exposure. Technology is key to our sustainability, and these Maui businesses have demonstrated their resourcefulness in utilizing e-commerce to reach a global audience,” he added.

A Google representative verified the authenticity of the award and the news release, despite the multiple misspellings.

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