Direct Confirmation that Amendment Records Exist
This is the clearest statement the HDOH has given. When asked which of the records from Obama amending his birth certificate they had specifically denied access to, they said they had denied access to everything requested – all 4 items. They can only deny access to records that actually exist. Therefore all 4 requested records existed at the time the HDOH denied access. The relevant portions are highlighted.
From: “Janice.S.Okubo@hawaii.gov” <Janice.S.Okubo@hawaii.gov>
Sent: Tue, March 23, 2010 10:22:14 PM
Subject: RE: Request per OIP Admin rule §2-71-14(b)(1)
Your request was denied in its entirety. All the information available to the public regarding the records you are requesting is available at http://hawaii.gov/health/vital-records/obama.html
The site provides an explanation and links to the law that restrict access to records for vital statistics. “Public health statistics” includes the registration, preparation, transcription, collection, compilation, and preservation of data pertaining to births, adoptions, legitimations, deaths, fetal deaths, morbidity, marital status, and data incidental thereto. [L 1949, c 327, §2; am L 1951, c 92, §1; RL 1955, §57-1; HRS §338-1; am L 1973, c 17, §5; am L 1975, c 66, §2(1); am L 1982, c 112, §2; gen ch 1985; am L 1987, c 100, §1; am L 1993, c 131, §1; am L 2009, c 11, §44]
Hawaii State Department of Health
03/18/2010 06:01 PM
Dear Ms. Okubo and Ms. Takase:
Aloha. I have not received an answer to the request below from either of you so I am sending a gentle reminder. Please specify the records to which I was denied access per my message from 3/8/10.
Thank you for your time,
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To: Janice.S.Okubo@hawaii.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Mon, March 8, 2010 12:04:38 PM
Dear Ms. Okubo and Ms. Takase:
I received the attached denials from the DOH and on appeal with the OIP to my UIPA request of August 18, 2009. However the particular records to which I was denied access, were not specified per the OIP administrative rules [§2-71-14(b)(1)].
This is the reference I received to the records that I requested, but it is not specific to my actual UIPA request (attached and also below):
“Therefore, neither a birth certificate nor any information related to a birth certificate may be disclosed to a person
who does not have a direct and tangible interest in it. You have not shown that you have such an interest in
President Obama’s birth certificate, so we cannot disclose to you the birth certificate or any related information.” -Ms. Okubo
I did not request “President Obama’s birth certificate” and that was the only specific record mentioned in the denial.
Please specify exactly which records to which I was denied access per that rule. Below are the records I requested that day:
1.) I request an electronic copy of any and all UIPA requests made by President Barack Obama or anyone
claiming to represent him for access to his personal vital records so that he could make ‘corrections’ to his vital
2.) I request an electronic copy of the ruling(s) or opinion(s) of those record requests.
3.) Please provide me electronic copies of all communication concerning formal or informal UIPA request(s)
made by President Barack Obama or anyone claiming to represent him for access to his personal vital records.
4.) Please send me an electronic copy of any and all invoices and receipts of fees paid on behalf of or by
President Obama for access to his vital records, amendments or anything pertaining to his vital records.
Thanks for your help!