Dating website offers Waianae $12 million to change name

Sen. Shimabukuro denies offer

 UPDATED 10:49 PM HST Apr 02, 2013

Dating website proposed to government officials representing Waianae to change its name in exchange for $12 million.

If the deal was approved, Waianae would become for 10 years.  The names of the Waianae Community Center and Waianae Boat Harbor would be changed with the website's name.  Official government buildings would also have to be renamed.  Also, one of the main streets in Waianae must be changed to USA.  There would also be a formal ceremony to present a key to the city to the CEO of

The dating website says it decided to move to Hawaii in its quest to rename a town after itself.  The company says it selected Waianae because of its contribution to the "sugar boom" and it liked the idea of owning a city in paradise.

The initial proposal was delivered to Sen. Maile Shimabukuro.

"Of course the $12 million is a very tempting prospect.  But, to take our historical name and to give it this name of a dating website, I think would be a stretch," said Sen. Shimabukuro.

Shimabukuro denied the offer.  The senator did say that she appreciates that the company did its research because streams in Waianae were diverted to sugar cane fields when it was a booming industry, which is why the area is so dry now.

Click here to see a video of what could be changed if the deal was approved.

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