March 2, 2009
Requests for Barack Obama’s original long form birth certificate continue to intensify.
Hawaiian Dept. of Health Director, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, stated, "There have been numerous requests for Sen. Barack Hussein Obama’s official birth certificate. State law (HRS §338-18) prohibits the release of a certified birth certificate to persons who do not have a tangible interest in the vital record.”
Fukino said she and the registrar of vital statistics, Alvin Onaka, have personally verified that the health department holds Obama's original birth certificate, but did not say what medical facility, or country, the original birth certificate was issued from, or that it was originally issued, transferred or transposed to the State of Hawaii Department of Health.
However, neither Fukino or Onaka verified to The Daily Pen that Obama was born in Hawaii, either. Only that the birth certificate they have on file is authentic.
Unfortunately, the Hawaiian Department of Health's verification of authenticity does nothing to confirm the actual content of the document. Saying that the Obama Birth Certificate they have on file is authentic is like saying that a photograph of Area 51 is authentic. But, it does little to reveal the detail of the record.
The Daily Pen sent an email request to the Office Of Medical Services at the Kenyan Ministry of Health in Nairobi asking about their policy for transferring records and vital statistics, internationally. A spokesperson for Dr. Francis Kimani, Administrative Director, stated that the Ministry of Health does provide original, authentic certificates of birth to the United States, and other countries, upon official request. And, that it would be possible to have a birth certificate for someone born in Kenya transferred to the state of Hawaii and for that birth certificate to be certified as authentic.
When asked if the original birth certificate they have on file for Obama at the Hawaii Dept. of Health was delivered to them from another country, Fukino refused to answer the question, but went on to provide a copy of a previous, meaningless statement, "Therefore, I, as Director of Health for the State of Hawaii, 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 Hawaii State Department of Health has Sen. Obama’s original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures”
She did not confirm or deny the content of the certificate, thus leaving open the possibility that the birth certificate may indeed have been transferred from the Kenyan Ministry of Health.
Although Fukino said that no state official, including Gov. Linda Lingle, ever instructed that Obama's original, authentic, Birth certificate be handled differently from any other, there was not a confirmation that any information provided in the birth certificate held by the State of Hawaii affirmed the place of birth as the state of Hawaii.