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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 07:08 PM
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False: Dept. of Hawaiian Home Lands Would Not Accept Obama’s Posted Birth Certificate
Not that he’s ethnic Hawaiian, in any case, but it’s an argument Birthers like to use that the State of Hawaii would not accept his Certification of Live Birth, and they use Dept. of Hawaiian Home Lands regulations as an example.

There are two categories of documents used in determining eligibility: primary and secondary.

Primary Documents

Birth certificates (Certificates of Live Birth and Certifications of Live Birth) and Certificates of Hawaiian Birth are the primary documents used to determine native Hawaiian qualification.

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands accepts both Certificates of Live Birth (original birth certificate) and Certifications of Live Birth because they are official government records documenting an individual’s birth. The Certificate of Live Birth generally has more information which is useful for genealogical purposes as compared to the Certification of Live Birth which is a computer-generated printout that provides specific details of a person’s birth. Although original birth certificates (Certificates of Live Birth) are preferred for their greater detail, the State Department of Health (DOH) no longer issues Certificates of Live Birth. When a request is made for a copy of a birth certificate, the DOH issues a Certification of Live Birth.


http://hawaii.gov/dhhl/applicants/appforms/applyhhl
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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-24-09 08:35 AM
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1. Hawaii Department of Health
CHIYOME LEINAALA FUKINO M.D., DIRECTOR, HAWAI'I DEPT. OF HEALTH
Phone: (808) 586-4410
Fax: (808) 586-4444

For Immediate Release: October 31, 2008 08-93

STATEMENT BY DR. CHIYOME FUKINO

“There have been numerous requests for Sen. Barack Hussein Obama’s official birth certificate. State law (Hawai‘i Revised Statutes §338-18) prohibits the release of a certified birth certificate to persons who do not have a tangible interest in the vital record.

“Therefore, I as Director of Health for the State of Hawai‘i, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records, have personally seen and verified that the Hawai‘i State Department of Health has Sen. Obama’s original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures.

“No state official, including Governor Linda Lingle, has ever instructed that this vital record be handled in a manner different from any other vital record in the possession of the State of Hawai‘i.”


(PDF) http://hawaii.gov/health/about/pr/2008/08-93.pdf


Confirmed by Hawaii Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo:

Does this mean Obama was born in Hawaii?

"Yes," said Hawaii Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo, in both email and telephone interviews with the Tribune. "That's what Dr. Fukino is saying."


http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2008/11...


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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-24-09 08:40 AM
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2. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 6, 2009


The state Department of Health no longer issues copies of paper birth certificates as was done in the past, said spokeswoman Janice Okubo.

The department only issues "certifications" of live births, and that is the "official birth certificate" issued by the state of Hawaii, she said.

And, it's only available in electronic form.

Okubo explained that the Health Department went paperless in 2001.

"At that time, all information for births from 1908 (on) was put into electronic files for consistent reporting," she said.


-snip

Asked for more information about the short-form versus long-form birth documents, Okubo said the Health Department "does not have a short-form or long-form certificate."

-snip

She added that the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized the state's current certification of live birth "as an official birth certificate meeting all federal and other requirements."

The issue of what constitutes an official Hawaii birth certificate received national attention during last year's presidential campaign. Those who doubted Barack Obama's American citizenship called the copy of the Hawaii birth document posted on his campaign Web site a fake.

Asked about that document, Okubo said, "This is the same certified copy everyone receives when they request a birth certificate."



http://www.starbulletin.com/columnists/kokualine/200906...
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