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April 5, 2014
The Associated Press

Facebook fixes Kailua maps after lawmakers get involved

HONOLULU - Facebook has 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.


Hawaii panel backs?bill that outlaws eating cats and dogs

HONOLULU - A House committee has approved a bill to outlaw eating cats and dogs in Hawaii, a measure supported by animal lovers who lobbied lawmakers with their pets.

The House Judiciary Committee advanced the bill (SB 2026) on Friday. It also bans trafficking cats and dogs for slaughter and consumption.

Supporters of the change say pet owners shouldn't have to worry that lost animals may end up on a dinner table.

In some countries, eating meat from cats in dogs is culturally accepted.

The bill now goes to the House floor for a vote.


Ag department says invasive coqui frogs captured on Oahu

HONOLULU - The state Department of Agriculture says it captured three coqui frogs on Oahu.

One frog was found on a boat at a Kahaluu home and the others were found at nurseries in Kaimuki and Kunia. Neighbors reported to state officials this week that they heard the frogs' distinct mating call.

Curbing the spread of the noisy frogs is important to Hawaii, where they can reproduce quickly because they don't have natural predators here. The frogs are already well-established on the Big Island.

Agriculture officials suspect that the frogs found at the nurseries hitchhiked from the Big Island on plants. They believe that the Kahaluu one arrived on the boat when it was shipped on a barge from the Big Island.



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