Tsukiyama resigns from Hawaii Office of Information Practices

TOOK ANOTHER STATE POSITION, BUT NO ONE IS CLEAR ON WHICH ONE

by John Charlton

hawaii-five-o-cover(Nov. 16, 2009: 7:30 PM ET) — The Director of the Office of Information Practices (OIP) in Hawaii resigned quietly from his position on Nov. 6th and where he went is unclear, according to Hawaii government personnel.

The OIP is charged with receiving UIPA requests or complaints, from citizens who have requested publically available documents in accord with Hawaiian Statutes, when the State department or agency from which these were requested, has not responded or refused to disclose them.

The OIP office entered the national spotlight in September when the inquiry begun by a citizen going by the nik, TerriK or Miss Tickly, sought information regarding the vital records of Barack Hussein Obama II.

This story was previously covered by The Post & Email in a series of reports and editorials beginning on September 23rd.

Since it is a recurring theme with government officials who are in a position to expose Obama that they resign or get removed, or are promoted out of the way, I was intrigued to learn today of Tsukiyama’s resignation, when I spoke with the OIP office by phone.

Don Shimabukuro of that office, in passing, mentioned to me that the director, Mr. Paul Tsukiyama took another position with the state, and had resigned from his position of Director of the Office of Information Practices on Nov. 6th.  Since Nov. 9th the acting director is Cathy Takase.  When asked what position Mr. Tsukiyama had taken, Mrs. Shimabukuro was unclear where he had gone.

I contacted the Office of Governor Lingle, on the hunch that it was the governor who nominated or promoted the former Director.  That office too was unclear what position he had taken, saying that they had never heard of Paul Tsukiyama.  Mrs. Queenie, at the Office of Constituent Affairs, expressed surprise at Shimabukuro’s lack of awareness of her former Director’s new position, saying, “And that office wouldn’t tell you where he went?”

Since the Office of Information Practices has only 4 staff attorneys, Director Tsukiyama’s departure will slow further response to UIPA requests conducted by that office. Shimabukuro also stated that acting Director Takase will be out of office until November 23rd.

9 Responses to "Tsukiyama resigns from Hawaii Office of Information Practices"

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  2. JJ   Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    TOOK ANOTHER STATE POSITION, BUT NO ONE IS CLEAR ON WHICH ONE

    You don’t need to know what I’m thinking.
    A hint:a long vacation or cement shoes.

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  4. yo   Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 6:23 AM

    Next on the list is will be the judges in hawaii, who are next in line and charged by law to expedite and uphold the disclosure laws. Look for strange happenings there in the near future.

    This is like a godfather movie, watching all the people that have been bought.
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    Mr. Charlton replies: Or who woke up with horses’ heads in their beds…

  5. KansasGirl   Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 2:14 AM

    There is something rotten in Hawaii.

  6. VancouverAndy   Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 1:45 AM

    mmm, mmm, mmm

    Anything to do with the long form?

  7. Marie   Monday, November 16, 2009 at 9:55 PM

    Very odd–I can’t remember a time in all the years I’ve been employed that someone left the group and everyone in the group didn’t know where the person was going. It’s like the first question you ask someone when you hear they are leaving. It would also be very interesting to know where the acting Director is “out of office” to….getting some “special training” in how to deflect and confuse records requests?
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    Mr. Charlton repplies: Considering that only 4 lawyers work in the office, this level of discretion is certain peculiar. Did Tsukiyama flee town? Is the heat of Attorney Donofrio’s investigation, pending litigation, too much. Anyhow, with 1 less staff, and another on a weeks vacation, nothing is getting done. I was told that only the acting Director is handling UIPA requests which rregard the Department of Health.

  8. louisianaCajun   Monday, November 16, 2009 at 8:57 PM

    What’s going on over there? It really makes Hawaii look bad and I’m past disgusted with their stonewalling. What is it gonna take.
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    Mr. Charlton replies Miss Tickly took a break, becaue her husband, who is blind in one eye, had an accident, and became temporarily blind in the other. So she had to drop everything and care for him.

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